UPDATE — THE DRAPER MANUSCRIPT COLLECTION IS NO LONGER ONLINE. IT HAS BEEN TAKEN DOWN.
The Draper Manuscript Collection is now available online for free at FamilySearch.org. Lyman C. Draper (1815-1891) collected information on America’s first frontier and its notable figures and events, such as Daniel Boone, George Rogers Clarke, and The Battle of King’s Mountain. Draper’s papers include a treasure trove of information on the frontier settlers of the Carolinas, Virginia, Kentucky, Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, and Pennsylvania.
The original papers are held at the Wisconsin Historical Society. They include thousands of handwritten letters of correspondence comprising nearly 500 volumes of information not available anywhere else about the pioneer settlers of the trans-Allegheny West.
The papers are now available online for free for the first time at FamilySearch.org. Find them in the “United States, Draper Manuscript Collection, 1740-1892″ browse collection. For further details, see the collection description and coverage table.