Draper Manuscripts, 1740-1891

Summary Information

Title: Draper Manuscripts
Inclusive Dates: 1740-1891

  • Draper, Lyman Copeland, 1815-1891
Call Number: Draper Mss; Micro 1034

Quantity: 97.2 cubic feet (491 volumes) and 123 reels of microfilm (35 mm)

Archival Locations:
Wisconsin Historical Society (Map)

Papers created and collected by Lyman Draper reflecting his life-long interest in the history of the trans-Allegheny West from the frontier conflicts of the 1740s to the War of 1812. Although Draper's goal was to gather information on military events and the soldiers, scouts, and settlers who battled Indians, the British, and Tory sympathizers as white settlement advanced westward, the materials he collected also document social and economic factors, with details on the role of women and minorities on the frontier, cultural attitudes toward Indians, tribal history and traditions, and opinions on contemporary topics such as the Civil War, Reconstruction policies, the rise of the Ku Klux Klan, and other nineteenth century concerns. The papers are grouped by topic, period, or document type into fifty series.


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 Out of date and offensive language may be present.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.

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-drapermss
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