Draper Manuscripts: Simon Kenton Papers, 1755-1836

Summary Information

Title: Draper Manuscripts: Simon Kenton Papers
Inclusive Dates: 1755-1836

  • Kenton, Simon, 1755-1836
Call Number: Draper Mss BB

Quantity: 1.5 c.f. (13 volumes)

Archival Locations:
Wisconsin Historical Society (Map)

Papers which Lyman Draper gathered for a proposed biography on Simon Kenton, a noted scout and Indian fighter. Included are biographical sketches by other writers; correspondence with surviving pioneers and Kenton descendants; narrative notes about Kenton and his associates; original manuscripts by Kenton's contemporaries; dispositions describing Kenton's military career; legal documents; and newspaper and periodical articles. Kenton's own papers are sparse; although he could sign his name, he never learned to read or write.


This collection is also available as a microfilm publication.

Forms part of the Lyman Copeland Draper Manuscripts. The Draper Manuscripts consist of fifty collections, sometimes referred to as fifty “series,” under the one overarching title. See the Draper Manuscripts Overview, and the Guide to the Draper Manuscripts by Josephine Harper (Madison: State Historical Society of Wisconsin, 1983) for further information.

Language: English

URL to cite for this finding aid: http://digital.library.wisc.edu/1711.dl/wiarchives.uw-whs-draper0bb
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