Draper manuscripts: Life of Boone manuscript, circa 1856-1893

Draper, Lyman Copeland, 1815-1891

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  • Draper's unfinished manuscript for his "Life of Boone," a revised draft written before 1856 which covered possibly one-third of his projected and widely publicized biography of Daniel Boone (1734-1820). Although Draper continued to gather Boone materials until his death, he made no further progress in writing the book. The materials also include a copy of Thomas Walker's 1750 journal of his trip through what is now Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee, and West Virginia; summaries of western exploration before Boone, and of early Kentucky history; a Boone family genealogy; biographical sketches; maps; and testimonials to Draper's competence to write the biography.


  • Forms part of the Lyman Copeland Draper Manuscripts. The Draper Manuscripts consist of fifty collections, sometimes referred to as fifty "series," under the one overarching title. See the Draper Manuscripts Overview on the Wisconsin Historical Society website, and the "Guide to the Draper Manuscripts" by Josephine Harper (Madison: State Historical Society of Wisconsin, 1983) for further information.
  • This collection is also available as a microfilm publication.
  • Information on the entire Draper Manuscripts collection can be found in RLIN entry WIHV92-A52.
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