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Annual Meeting Ohio Valley Historical Association

Annual Meeting Ohio Valley Historical Association.      399


we need most in this great work of rescue and preservation, Mr. Presi-

dent, Ladies and Gentlemen, are more Lyman C. Drapers,-men who,

with knapsack on their backs, are not only willing, but anxious to go

on foot, if need be, many miles to the left and to the right to secure

a journal, a diary, a memorandum, an autograph letter, that shall be pre-

served and become a priceless document to those who are to come after


It is not my province to suggest a plan of work as to rescue, classi-

fication, or cataloguing the written but unprinted sources of the history

of the distant past, and more recent history of the Ohio Valley. But

may we not hope that ere long, some plan for systematic action may be

devised and adopted-one which will result in rescuing from oblivion,

all which yet remains of the Manuscript history of a Valley filled with

the most progressive people of the world. Within a period of five years

this should be done, and those Documents in the possession of persons

who will not part with them, should be catalogued or listed by title,

with names of owner's location, and brief description, but sufficiently

elaborate to indicate to the student the value and character of the Manu-


I close, as I began, by saying, that I rejoice that The Ohio Valley

Historical Association has been organized, and that its greatest work,

in the immediate future, is the collection and preservation of the Manu-

script sources of the history of the region included in its field of work.

Mr. Lewis was followed by Prof. Frank T. Cole of the

Old Northwest Genealogical Society, who presented an address.






Old Northwest Genealogical Society.

Probably each one of us could name instances where the papers

and correspondence of the grandfather, preserved with care by him and

his children have gone to the waste basket at the hands of the third

and fourth generation, and thus, through carelessness or ignorance there

has passed from sight much accumulated material for state and local


This meeting does well to consider the question, how many we

discover, preserve and render available to the student such collections.

Some years ago, by the efforts of Mr. William Henry Smith, a

beginning was made of such a collection in the State Library, and the

papers and correspondence of Governor Thomas Worthington, Governor

Ethan Allen Brown and some others were secured and deposited there.