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Draper Family Papers

Call Number



1836-1985, inclusive


Draper family


2 Linear Feet in 3 manuscript boxes and 2 half manuscript boxes

Language of Materials

Materials are in English.


Several members of the Draper family, including John William Draper and Henry Draper, taught and held admnistrative position at New York University (NYU) during the late nineteenth century. This collection highlights the genealogical history of the family as well as their roles within the NYU community.

Biographical Note

John William Draper (1811-1882) was a scientist, historian, pioneer in photography (credited with the first photograph of the moon, and one of the earliest of the human face), and professor and president of the NYU Medical faculty. Two of his sons were also members of the faculty at NYU: Henry Draper (1837-1882), who constructed a silvered glass telescope and invented the apparatus for celestial photography, and John Christopher Draper (1835-1885), professor of Chemistry and author.


Folders are arranged topically.

Scope and Content Note

The Draper Family Papers consist primarily of printed and published items relating to the Draper Family, its history and genealogy. Information within the collection highlights John William Draper as scientist, photographer, and president of the Medical Faculty, and also contains materials relating to members of his family associated with NYU during the nineteenth and early twentieth century. A significant amount of the collection pertains to Henry Draper's writings and other accomplishments.

Access Restrictions

Open for research without restrictions.

Use Restrictions

Any rights (including copyright and related rights to publicity and privacy) held by the creator are maintained by New York University. Permission to publish or reproduce materials in this collection must be secured from New York University Archives, (212) 998-2646,

Preferred Citation

Identification of item, date (if known); Draper Family Papers; MC 11; box number; folder number; New York University Archives, New York University Libraries.

Location of Materials

Materials are stored offsite and advance notice is required for use. Please request materials at least two business days prior to your research visit to coordinate access.


The Draper Family Papers were accessioned and processed by the University Archives in 1984.

Collection processed by

Evan Friss

About this Guide

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on 2023-08-20 17:48:49 -0400.
Using Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language: Finding aid written in English

Processing Information

Materials were place in archival folders and boxes. Processing information before 2019 is unavailable.

Revisions to this Guide

June 2019: Updated by Jacqueline Rider for compliance with DACS and ACM Required Elements for Archival Description

Edition of this Guide

This version was derived from an OCR processed document.


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