Otto A. Rothert, "Shane, the Western Collector," FILSON CLUB HISTORY QUATERLY 4 (1930) 1-16

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Otto A. Rothert, "Shane, the Western Collector," FILSON CLUB HISTORY QUATERLY 4 (1930) 1-16

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John Dabney Shane was a Presbyterian missionary interested in pioneer history. Shane was handicapped by a frail physique, and died at the age of 51 of "inflamation of the lungs," probably TB. His methods were very similar to Drapers, although the two men apparently never met nor exchanged ideas about their work or collections. He specialized in daily life and in the early history of the Presbyterian church in KY. Otto A. Rothert, "Shane, the Western Collector," FILSON CLUB HISTORY QUATERLY 4 (1930):1-16.

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Otto A. Rothert, "Shane, the Western Collector," FILSON CLUB HISTORY QUATERLY 4 (1930) 1-16

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Draper acquired about half of his notebooks in 1864. Draper described him in 1865 as <a singularly industrious collector of matters pertaining to Western history> quoted in Otto A. Rothert, "Shane, the Western Collector," FILSON CLUB HISTORY QUATERLY 4 (1930):4

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Otto A. Rothert, "Shane, the Western Collector," FILSON CLUB HISTORY QUATERLY 4 (1930) 1-16

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From a biographical sketch published in 1865 by Rev. Joseph M. Wilson: John Dabney Shane was born in Cincinnati in 1812. Educated at Hampden Sidney College, Prince Edward VA; licensed by Cincinnati Presbytery in 1842 and ordained by the West Lexington Presbytery; returned to Cincinnati in 1857 and died there. Never married. From his earliest years he demonstrated a fascination with "collecting and hoarding" historical materials on the Mississippi Valley. Never held a pastorate, but devoted himself to missionary work so that he could roam and pursue his antiquarian interests. Wilson recalled meeting Shane at his rooms, on the upper floor of a large building on Fourth Street in Cincinnati: <the rooms, three in number, were shelved all around from floor to ceiling, divided and subdivided by partitions, pamphlets arranged by subjects and then by years, newspaper clippings carefully rolled up with a memorandum to each stating the name and date of paper and place of publication, magazines, reviews, and periodicals of all kinds haveing any reference to Presbyterianism, especially in the West; scrap-books, in which were collected what are known as "Broadsides," being circulars, prospectuses &c., printed on one side only.> quoted in Otto A. Rothert, "Shane, the Western Collector," FILSON CLUB HISTORY QUATERLY 4 (1930):5

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James Alves to LCD, 2/10/1846: <Mr J. Shane, a young man from Cincinnati, having an idea of making some publication of the early settlement of the West, came to this place a few years ago. [He] took some notes from these old papers [of Richard Henderson and the Transylvania Company] also obtained some information from some old citizens then living relative to two brothers and freebooters by the name of Harpe. . . . I have not since heard anything of Mr. Shane's indended publication. He was apparently in delicate health and of very feeble constitution, and may possibly have died or declined his publication. In either event you might perhaps be able to obtain these notes, with much other valuable information that he may hvae obtained in his inquiries through the West.> DM 2CC32 as quoted in Otto A. Rothert, "Shane, the Western Collector," FILSON CLUB HISTORY QUATERLY 4 (1930):9

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<His notes show his keen interest in details and local conditions. They also show his great appreciation of the romance and the tragedy of pioneer life and his full realization of the self-reliance tand bravery that prevailed on the frontier. In these qualities he often exceeds Draper. . . . His data throw many side lights on the frontier life of the every-day man -- the common man's family, method of hunting, station quarters, Indian warfare, and many other experiences and observations. Most of these details have been forgotten by tradition and neglected by historians. Historians in their efforts to record battles and statecraft have shoved the every-day pioneer too far into the background. Many a chapter of early Kentucky must be, and will be, rewritten. Shane's notes will then serve as one of the chief sources for material for such revisions and additions.> Otto A. Rothert, "Shane, the Western Collector," FILSON CLUB HISTORY QUATERLY 4 (1930):10

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