July 28th, 2007 Meeting – The Draper Manuscripts

The Birmingham Genealogical Society meets the fourth Saturday of each month (ex. Nov. & Dec.) in the Arrington Auditorium at the Downtown Birmingham Public Library. Guests are welcome!

Next meeting: Saturday, July 28th at 2 p.m.; Refreshments at 1:30 p.m.

Speaker: Yvonne Crumpler, Department Head of the Tutwiler-Collection of Southern History and Literature, Birmingham Public Library

Program Topic: The Draper Manuscripts

Details: www.birminghamgenealogy.org or BPL-Southern History Dept. at (205) 226-3665.

The Draper Manuscripts, compiled by Lyman Copeland Draper, represent a series of interviews from the 1740’s to the War of 1812. The territory covered is just as impressive – 21 states east of the Mississippi River. His interviews ranged from the heroes of the time to the unknown settlers. And thankfully, Lyman Copeland Draper sensed that we genealogists needed more than just a list of their names. He also included the names of their parents, grandparents and sometimes even more. When Draper died in 1891, he had been working on the manuscripts for over 50 years and he had planned on publishing a book entitled “Sketches of the Lives of the Pioneers.” Today the Draper Manuscripts represent 491 volumes on 123 reels of microfilm which are divided into 50 separate series. Please join us as Yvonne Crumpler, Department Head of the Tutwiler-Collection of Southern History and Literature, discusses this important and valuable collection!

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