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Guide to finding your ancestors in the Draper Manuscript Collection


Karen Mauer Green compiled an "Index to the Draper Manuscripts: Series NN, The Pittsburgh and Northwest Virginia Papers." The index includes every name mentioned in the text. A brief introduction explains how to use the index for efficiently finding the documents in the original manuscripts.

Draper himself indexed some, but not all, of the volumes. If he created an index, it is included within the volume. Some of his indexes are more detailed than others. Some are more legible than others. Draper made these indexes for his own purposes. He did not make them for us. It is unclear if he indexed every name or only the ones he was interested in for his planned books. The History and Genealogy Department printed copies of these indexes for the volumes that are not otherwise indexed, transcribed, or calendared and placed them in four large white binders. Each of these indexes must be searched separately