Almost everyone who has done research on pioneer Kentucky knows the name Lyman Draper. With the goal of chronicling the lives of the First American West’s pioneers, especially those of George Rogers Clark and Daniel Boone, Draper made collecting trips through Kentucky and other states beginning in the 1840s in search of the manuscript sources needed for his work. He also interviewed people and maintained extensive correspondence in search of information.
What resulted was the Draper Manuscripts, one of the most significant collections of primary source material about the history of the First West and its people. But the histories and biographies he promised the owners of the material essentially never appeared.
Lauded but also vilified for his voracious collecting, his life and how he accomplished the amassing of tens of thousands of manuscripts is a tale of adventure itself. Join Jim in exploring Lyman C. Draper and his collections.
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