Jaime Simmons to Speak about Researching the Draper Collection on December 7
Jaime Simmons, research specialist at West Virginia Archives and History, will speak about "Digging into the Draper Collection: Researching the Settlement of Western Virginia" at the monthly Tuesday evening lecture in the Archives and History Library on December 7, 2010, at 6:00 p.m. Simmons will provide information on the contents of the Draper Collection but will focus on the process of researching in the collection, how to use the indices and press-marks to access the collection, and how to use what is found in the collection to locate additional information.
The Lyman C. Draper Manuscript Collection documents the period roughly between 1755 and 1815 and concentrates on the Trans-Allegheny West, including the Ohio River Valley and western Virginia. Draper, whose life spanned much of the 19th century, began gathering reminiscences and information during the 1840s, when people who had lived through the Revolutionary War and the settlement period in western Virginia, were still living. Housed at the Wisconsin Historical Society, the Draper Collection is available on microfilm at the West Virginia Archives and History Library.
All Archives and History workshop and lecture sessions are free and the public is invited to attend. On December 7, the library will close at 5 p.m. and reopen at 5:45 p.m. for participants only. Advance registration for the lecture is not required, but is encouraged to help plan seating arrangements and supplies for the session. To register in advance, contact Robert Taylor, library manager, by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or at (304) 558-0230, ext. 163. Participants interested in registering by e-mail should send their name, telephone number and the name and date of the session. For additional information, contact the Archives and History Library at (304) 558-0230.
The West Virginia Archives and History Library is located in the Culture Center at the State Capitol Complex in Charleston. If traveling on the Interstate, take Exit 99 (the Greenbrier Street, State Capitol exit) on I-77/64, one mile east of the I-64 and 77 junction. The Culture Center is located along Greenbrier Street, just beyond the intersection of Greenbrier and Washington streets.