Thwaites, Ruben Gold, 1906. Descriptive list of manuscript collections of the State Historical Society of Wisconsin; together with reports on other collections of manuscript material for American history in adjacent states. Madison, WI, 197 pp.
Also cited as:
State Historical Society of Wisconsin, and Reuben Gold Thwaites. 1906. Descriptive list of manuscript collections of the State Historical Society of Wisconsin; together with reports on other collections of manuscript material for American history in adjacent states. Madison: The Society.
Primarily a descriptive catalogue of the holdings of the Wisconsin Historical Society. The central work here is the description of the contents of the Lyman Draper MSC.
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The Lyman C. Draper manuscript collection consists of 469 folio volumes. The geographical field covered is from the Hudson River to the Mississippi, from Charleston to Louisville, and the period from the year 1735 until the close of the War of 1812-15; with some material bearing upon the trans- Mississippi region, such as certain papers of William Clark and the journal of Sergt. Charles Floyd'(Lewis and Clark expedition). The classification is chiefly under the names of important border heroes or pioneers, for Draper collected with a view of using the material for a series of biographies: George M. Bedinger, Daniel Boone, Samuel Brady, Joseph Brant, Daniel Brodhead. George Rogers Clark, Jonathan Clark, William Clark, George and William Croghan. Josiah Harmar, William Henry Harrison, William Irvine, Simon Kenton, Robert Patterson. James Potter, William Preston. David Shepherd. Thomas Sumter, John Cleves Symmes. Tecumseh, and Louis Wetzel. There are six volumes of data relative to the Mecklenburg declaration of independence; others contain early manuscripts relative to Alabama. Georgia. Illinois, Kentucky, Xew York. Ohio. Pennsylvania, South Carolina. Tennessee. Virginia, and King's Mountain ; numerous volumes are devoted to Draper's interviews with pioneers or their descendants in many parts of the border states and the Middle West. It should be explained that but a small part of the Draper Manuscripts are contemporary documents; much the larger portion consists of Draper's interviews and correspondence while seeking information, all of which is freely interspersed with his critical comments and notes. His laborious methods of investigation furnish an interesting and instructive study to historical specialists.