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Term: Draper, Lyman Copeland 1815 - 1891

Definition:

collector, historian, corresponding secretary of the State Historical Society, author, b. Erie County, N.Y. He attended local village schools and spent two years (1834-1836) at Granville College, Ohio. Influenced by the tales of frontier adventure that he heard as a boy, Draper developed an abiding interest in the drama of the West. He read all the available literature on the subject, and, noting its inadequacies, determined to devote his life to writing biographies of the frontiersmen and collecting authentic data on their lives. Aided by the financial support and sympathetic interest of Peter A. Remsen (the husband of Draper's cousin, Lydia Chadwick), he began to travel throughout the Allegheny region and into Alabama and Mississippi, interviewing old settlers and collecting their reminiscences and manuscripts. In 1840-1841 he made an unsuccessful venture into the newspaper business in Mississippi. For a short period he also tried farming. From 1842 to 1843 he worked as clerk in the office of the Erie Canal in Buffalo, N.Y., but in 1844 returned to the patronage of Remsen and continued his collecting activities. In 1852 he moved to Madison at the insistence of his Granville College classmate, Charles H. Larrabee (q.v.), with the specific purpose of gaining the appointment as state librarian. In 1854 he became corresponding secretary of the State Historical Society, and held this office continuously until 1886. He was untiring in his efforts to increase the Society's membership, to get increased state support, and to build its library. A Democrat, he was state superintendent of public instruction (1858-1859), and in this position was instrumental in promoting the beginnings of the university library and securing the services of Henry Barnard (q.v.) as chancellor. Although continually expressing his desire to write, Draper was adept at procrastination, and his literary output was limited. Among his writings are King's Mountain and Its Heroes (1881) and The Helping Hand (1870), a book of household information and farming advice that he wrote with W. A. Croffut. He also prepared several short biographical sketches for Appleton's Cyclopaedia of American Biography, and wrote numerous articles for the publications of the State Historical Society. Two of his works remained unpublished, Border Forays and Adventures, which he wrote in collaboration with C. W. Butterfield, and an unfinished biography of Daniel Boone. It was not in writing history, but in the collection of manuscripts and pioneer reminiscences that Draper performed his major service. During his years with the State Historical Society, he gathered an enormous volume of manuscripts from Wisconsin and from outside the state. He was responsible for editing the first ten volumes of Collections of the State Historical Society of Wisconsin (1855-1888), and in the years following the Civil War was especially effective in gathering documents from the South. In 1886 Draper retired, but continued to live in Madison until his death. A meticulous collector and scholar, Draper was more attracted by the dramatic aspects of the frontier than by its social, political, or economic history. At his death he bequeathed his personal collection to the Society, and these 478 volumes, together with the materials that he had gathered as secretary, formed the nucleus of the Historical Society's manuscript collection on frontier history, which became one of the largest and most important in the nation. View more information. Dict. Amer. Biog.; W. B. Hesseltine, Pioneer's Mission (Madison, 1954); Wis. Mag. Hist., 5, 35; WPA MS; L. C. Draper Papers.

View pictures relating to Lyman Copeland Draper at Wisconsin Historical Images.

The Wisconsin Historical Society has manuscripts related to this topic. See the catalog description of the Lyman Copeland Draper Papers for details. See also the Draper Manuscripts. See also the Draper Family Genealogical Material. See also the Lyman Copeland Draper Autograph Essay Files. See also the Hoisington Family Genealogical Material. See also the Lyman Copeland Draper House Plans.

View a related article at Wisconsin Magazine of History Archives.

View Draper's memorial at Wisconsin Historical Collections.

View newspaper clippings at Wisconsin Local History and Biography Articles.

[Source: Dictionary of Wisconsin biography]

124 records found

Dablon (D'Ablon), Fr. Claude, 1619-1697.
Dafoe, Willem 1955 -
Daggett, Samuel Slater 1812 - 1868
Dahl, Andreas Larsen, 1844-1923
Dahl, Ole Rasmussen, 1817 - 1882
Dahl, Theodor Halvorson 1845 - 1923
Dahle, Herman Bjorn 1855 - 1920
Dailey, Jr., Paul 1915
Dailey, Lt. Col. Dennis B. (1840-1898)
Daland, William Clifton 1860 - 1921
Daly, Tyne 1946 -
Damann, Theodore 1869 - 1946
Damon, Harold E. 1885
Dandeneau, Marcel 1931
Dane, Nathan, 1752-1835.
Danes in Wisconsin
Daniells, William Willard 1840 - 1912
Daniels, Edward 1828 - 1916
Daniels, Newell 1828 - 1904
Dankoler, Harry Edward 1863 - 1955
Darling, Alberta 1944
Darling, Mason C. 1801 - 1866
Darms, John Martin George 1873 - 1946
Davidson, James Henry 1858 - 1918
Davidson, James O. 1854 - 1922
Davidson, John Nelson 1848 - 1945
Davidson, Thomas 1828 - 1895
Davidson, William Fuson ["Commodore"] 1825 - 1887
Davies, John Eugene 1839 - 1900
Davis, Glenn R. 1914 - 1988
Davis, J. Mac 1952
Davis, Jefferson (in Wisconsin)
Davis, John Jefferson 1852 - 1937
Dawes, Col. Rufus R. (1838-1899)
Day, Laurence J. 1913
Day, Roland B. 1919
De Groat, Col. Charles H. (1838-1904)
de Langlade, Charles
De Peyster, Arent Schuyler, 1736 - 1822
De Weerdt, Esther Hurley [Mrs. Ole N.] 1892 - 1953
Dean, Robert W. 1923
Dearholt, Hoyt E. 1879 - 1939
Decker, Russell S. 1953
Decorah family
Decorah, Old, 1746?-1836, Ho-Chunk chief
Decorah, One-Eyed, 1772?-1864, Ho-Chunk chief
Decorah, Spoon, 1730?-1816?, Ho-Chunk chief
Decorah, Waukon, 1780?-1868, Ho-Chunk chief
Deer, Ada, 1935 --
Deering, A.A. 1888
Deininger, David G. 1947
Deitz (Dietz), John F. 1861 - 1924
Dekoven, James 1831 - 1879
Delong, Delmar E. 1931
Delwiche, Edmond Joseph 1874 - 1950
Dempsey, Chester E. 1896
Dempsey, Edward Joseph 1878 - 1956
Densmore, James 1820 - 1889
Derenthal, Oderic Ignaz 1856 - 1934
Derleth, August, 1909 - 1971
Desmond, Humphrey Joseph 1858 - 1932
Dessert, Joseph 1819 - 1910
Deuster, Peter Victor 1831 - 1904
Devitt, James C. 1929
Dewey, Nelson 1813 - 1889
Dicke, Peter Henry 1822 - 1911
Dickson, Robert 1765 - 1823
Dieterich, William Herbert 1897
Dietrichson, Johannes Wilhelm Christian 1815 - 188
Dietz, Carl [Petrius?] 1875 - 1957
Dilweg, Gary T. 1937
Dingee, William W. 1831 - 1919
Dionesopulos, Frank G. 1935
Disciples of Christ in Wisconsin
Dixon, Luther Swift 1825 - 1891
Doar, William Thomas 1882 - 1952
Dobyns, John P. 1944
Dodd, John Morris 1866 - 1950
Dodge, Henry 1782 - 1867
Dodge, Joseph Thompson 1823 - 1904
Dodge, Joshua Eric 1854 - 1921
Doe, Joseph Bodwell 1855 - 1925
Doer, Clifford E. 1920
Doerfler, Christian 1862 - 1934
Doll, William De Berge 1897 - 1945
Domschke, Bernard ["Domschcke","Bernhard"] 1827 -
Donald, John Sweet 1869 - 1934
Donnelly, Davis A. 1927
Donoghue, Sheehan 1943
Donohue, Jerry Jr. 1885 - 1943
Doolittle, James Rood 1815 - 1897
Dorff, Eugene 1930
Dorman, Henry
Dorr, Clifford E. 1920
Doty, James Duane 1799 - 1865
Doud, Reuben G. 1830 - 1877
Doudna, Edgar George 1877 - 1948
Dousman, Hercules Louis 1800 - 1868
Dousman, John Barrickman 1807 - 1868
Downer, Jason 1813 - 1883
Doyle, Jessica Laird, 1945-
Doyle, Jim 1945
Draheim, William A. 1898
Draper, Lyman Copeland 1815 - 1891
Dreyfus, Lee Sherman 1926-2008
Drzewiecki, Gary F. 1954
Dubay [Dube), John Baptiste 1810 - 1887
Dubuque, Julien, 1762-1810
Ducharme, Dominique 1765 - 1853
Dudgeon, Matthew Simpson 1871 - 1949
Dueholm, Robert M. 1945
Duff, Marc C. 1961
Duffey, Thomas J. 1927
Dugdale, Robert Iliff 1868 - 1956
Duggar, Benjamin Minge 1872 - 1956
Duluth [Dulhut], Daniel Greysolon Sieur 1636 - 171
Dunn, Charles 1799 - 1872
Duren, Joanne M. 1931
Durkee, Charles 1805 - 1870
Durward, Bernard Isaac 1817 - 1902
Dutch in Wisconsin
Dutton, Brother Joseph 1843 - 1931
Dwinnell, Soloman Ashley 1812 - 1879
Dykstra, Clarence Addison 1883 - 1950

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