Draper manuscripts: Daniel and Benjamin Drake papers, 1787-1853

Drake, Daniel, 1785-1852

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  • Papers of two brothers, Daniel Drake (1785-1852), physician, scientist, educator, and historian; and Benjamin Drake (1795-1841), attorney, author, and biographer, prominent residents of Cincinnati, Ohio, primarily concerning the history of Cincinnati and the Miami River area of Ohio. Included are notes and essays on the geography, minerals, and plants of the Old Northwest and on Indian antiquities in Ohio (including maps); correspondence (1808-1853), including Cincinnati anniversary materials (1838); a certified copy of the 1804 Sauk and Fox treaty; business and legal documents (1787-1816); a biography of Presbyterian minister John P. Campbell; obituaries, interview notes, and clippings.


  • 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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