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The Draper Manuscripts

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The entire collection was microfilmed in 1949 and re-filmed in the 1970s. More than ninety libraries across the country have complete sets of the microfilm, and many will send individual reels on interlibrary loan. 

Many other libraries have portions of the microfilm. The microfilm may be purchased from:

Chadwyck-Healey Inc. ( now part of ProQuest
300 North Zeeb Road
PO Box 1346
Ann Arbor, MI  48106-1346.
Phone: 734-761-4700
Toll Free: 800-521-0600 ext. 2873 (Traditional Products Division)

They also have available on microfiche all the calendars and documentaries listed below.


Harper, Josephine L. Guide to the Draper Manuscripts . (Madison, State Historical Society of Wisconsin, 1983).


All are available in hard copy from McDowell Publications, 11129 Pleasant Ridge Road, Utica, Ky. 42376, (502) 275-4075, and on microfiche from Chadwyck-Healey.

Calendar of the George Rogers Clark Papers (1979). 
Calendar of the Frontier Wars Papers (1977). 
Calendar of the Kentucky Papers (1925). 
Calendar of the Tennessee and King's Mountain Papers (1929). 
Calendar of the Preston and Virginia Papers (1915). 
Calendar of the David Shepard Papers (1979) in same volume as Calendar of the Frontier Wars Papers. 
Calendar of the South Carolina Papers
(1979) in same volume as Calendar of the Frontier Wars Papers. 
Calendar of South Carolina in the Revolution Miscellanies (1979) in same volume as Calendar of the Frontier Wars Papers
Calendar of the Thomas Sumter Papers (1979).

Documentary Volumes

All were originally published by the Wisconsin Historical Society and are now available in hard copy from Heritage Books, Inc., 1540 E. Pointer Ridge Place, Bowie, Md. 20716 and on microfiche from Chadwyck-Healey.

By Reuben Gold Thwaites and Louise Phelps Kellogg:

Documentary History of Dunmore's War, 1774 (1905). 
The Revolution on the Upper Ohio, 1775-1777 (1908). 
Frontier Defense on the Upper Ohio, 1777-1778 (1912).

By Louise Phelps Kellogg: 

Frontier Advance on the Upper Ohio, 1778-1779 (1916). 
Frontier Retreat on the Upper Ohio, 1779-1781 (1917).

Recent Documentary Volumes

Lobdell, Jared C., ed. Recollections of Lewis Bonnett, Jr. (1778-1850) and the Bonnett and Wetzel Families . (Bowie, Md., Heritage Books, 1991).

Lobdell, Jared C., ed. Indian Warfare in Western Pennsylvania and North West Virginia at the Time of the American Revolution: Including the Narrative of Indian and Tory Depredations by John Crawford, the Military Reminiscences of Captain Henry Jolly, and the Narrative of Lydia Boggs Shepherd Cruger . (Bowie, Md., Heritage Books, 1992).

Lobdell, Jared C., ed. Further Materials on Lewis Wetzel and the Upper Ohio Frontier: The Historical Narrative of George Edington, Peter Henry's Account, the Narrative of Spencer Records, the Reminiscences of Stephen Burkam . (Bowie, Md., Heritage Books, 1994).

Lobdell, Jared C., ed. Action at the Galudoghson, December 14, 1742: Colonel James Patton, Captain John McDowell, and the First Battle with the Indians in the Valley of Virginia, with an Appendix Containing Early Accounts of the Battle . (Bowie, Md., Heritage Books, 1995).


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