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 cubic feet (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.


Descriptions of the volumes are copied from the Guide to the Draper Manuscripts / by Josephine Harper. Out of date and offensive language may be present.

This collection is also available as a microfilm publication.

Forms part of the Lyman Copeland Draper Manuscripts. The fifty series included in the Draper Manuscripts have been cataloged individually. 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.

There is a restriction on use to this material; see the Administrative/Restriction Information portion of this finding aid for details.

Language: English

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