Hayt, Ezra A.

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Eadle Keatah Toh (Vol. 1, No. 1)
January 1880

The first page opened with a report titled "THE INDIAN TRAINING SCHOOL," that described the progress of the school, its Christian methods, the work of the Florida boys preparing buildings for use, the importance of the town Sunday Schools, the school curriculum that emphasized farmwork for boys...

Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Preference that Pratt Stay at Hampton to Assist with Indian Students
December 20-30, 1878

Hampton Institute Principal Samuel Chapman Armstrong responds to Commissioner of Indian Affairs E. A. Hayt's inquiry regarding the need for Captain Richard Henry Pratt to stay at Hampton to help care for and manage the Indian students. Armstrong states that it would be best for the Indians and...

Format: Letters/Correspondence
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Per-Student Funding and Establishment of School at Carlisle
August 4, 1879

Letter from Richard Henry Pratt to Commissioner of Indian Affairs Ezra A. Hayt suggesting an increase in the per-student funding afforded by the government to Indian schools. Pratt also encourages the Commissioner to continue pursuing Congressional approval for the opening of an Indian school at...

Format: Financial Documents, Letters/Correspondence
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Letter About Drawings of Carlisle Barracks
September 10, 1879

Letter from Superintendent Richard Henry Pratt to Commissioner of Indian Affairs Ezra Hayt, forwarding drawings of the Carlisle Barracks and a copy of the transfer order. Those enclosures are not included here.

Format: Letters/Correspondence
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Notice Regarding Need for Supplies
September 10, 1879

Correspondence from Superintendent Pratt to Commissioner of Indian Affairs Ezra Hayt noting that any communication regarding supplies will receive immediate attention.

Other documents from this same time period attest to Pratt's desperate need for supplies at Carlisle Barracks, before the...

Format: Letters/Correspondence
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Difficulties with Educating Indian Students at Hampton
September 15, 1879

Hampton Institute Principal Samuel C. Armstrong informs Commissioner of Indian Affairs E. A. Hayt that he has signed his contract. He states that he's unhappy with the terms of the contract and describes the expense and difficulty of educating Indian students.

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Format: Letters/Correspondence
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Request for Instructions Regarding Donations
October 11, 1879

Richard Henry Pratt writes to Commissioner of Indian Affairs Ezra Hayt for instructions on how to process donations received for the Carlisle Indian School. Pratt notes that he received a donation for the continued education of a former prisoner-of-war held at Fort Marion in St. Augustine,...

Format: Financial Documents, Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Request for Use of Army Ration Standard for Indian Pupils
October 11, 1879

Superintendent Richard Henry Pratt writes Commissioner of Indian Affairs Ezra Hayt regarding food costs for Indian students. Pratt suggests that, until a proper standard is established, the Army ration rate be adopted and provided to him as a food allowance for the pupils.

Format: Financial Documents, Letters/Correspondence
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Westward Travel Plans for General Armstrong
October 11, 1879

Richard Henry Pratt forwards to Commissioner of Indian Affiars Ezra Hayt a telegram sent by General Samuel Armstrong of the Hampton Institute. Armstrong telegrams Pratt asking whether he is needed for a westward recruitment trip, and Pratt forwards the telegram to the Commissioner for...

Format: Letters/Correspondence
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Proposed Alternative Transportation Plans from Wichita, Kansas
October 23, 1879

Telegram from Richard Henry Pratt to Commissioner of Indian Affairs Hayt noting that the party of recruited students met in Wichita can be waggoned to Lawrence, Kansas if need be. Pratt again notes that he is desperate for a way to transport the pupils back to Carlisle.

Format: Letters/Correspondence
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Arrival of Alfred Standing's Party in Wichita, Kansas
October 24, 1879

Telegram from Richard Henry Pratt to Commissioner of Indian Affairs Hayt noting that Alfred Standing has met up with him in Wichita, escorting Pawnee, Ponca, and Nez Perce students. Pratt notes that he is investigating the possibility of using wagons to transport the pupils to the Lawrence and...

Format: Letters/Correspondence
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Notice of Incomplete Transportation Plans from Wichita, Kansas
October 24, 1879

Telegram from Richard Henry Pratt to the Commissioner of Indian Affairs, relaying a message from ticket agent W. F. White in Wichita, Kansas that he is unable to arrange the transportation plans requested by the Commissioner. Alternative transportation plans are suggested.

Format: Letters/Correspondence
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Request for Clarification of Transportation Plans from Wichita, Kansas
October 24, 1879

Telegram from Richard Henry Pratt to the Commissioner of Indian Affairs, asking whether the party of pupils should be transported via the Northern Pacific Railroad line as initially planned, or the St. Louis and Northern Railroad line as received.

Format: Letters/Correspondence
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Change of Orders for Richard Henry Pratt and Student Supplies Issues
October 28, 1879

Letter from Richard Henry Pratt to Commissioner of Indian Affairs Ezra Hayt, acknowledging receipt of change orders allowing Pratt to remain in the East at the Carlisle Indian School. Pratt also apologizes for troubles during his recent trip to Wichita, and suggests that better planning be made...

Format: Letters/Correspondence
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Notice of Arrival of Group of Students from Wichita, Kansas
October 28, 1879

Richard Henry Pratt writes to Commissioner of Indian Affairs Ezra Hayt, informing him that his party of recruited students, met and delayed in Wichita, Kansas, safely arrived in Carlisle the previous evening.

Format: Letters/Correspondence
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Request to Continue Using Army Ration for Indian Pupils
October 28, 1879

Superintendent Richard Henry Pratt writes to Commissioner of Indian Affairs Ezra Hayt regarding Circular No. 33, regarding rations for Indian pupils. Pratt suggests that this ration rate is insufficient given Carlisle's current nascent state, and requests permission to continue using the Army's...

Format: Financial Documents, Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Request for Dormitory Furniture
October 31, 1879

Richard Henry Pratt writes to Commissioner of Indian Affairs Ezra A. Hayt requesting authority to purchase dormitory furniture immediately needed at the Carlisle Indian School.

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Request for Student Personal Supplies
October 31, 1879

Richard Henry Pratt writes to Commissioner of Indian Affairs Ezra A. Hayt requesting authority to purchase personal supplies for students, including clothing and tolietries for both males and females.

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Request for Fund Transfer for Salaries and Debts
November 4, 1879

Richard Henry Pratt writes to Commissioner of Indian Affairs Ezra Hayt, requesting $4000 be transferred to his credit for the purposes of settling debts and paying owed salaries. A note in the file suggests that the Commissioner had a total of $7000 transferred into Pratt's account.

Format: Financial Documents, Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Urgent Request for Cold-Weather Clothing
November 4, 1879

Richard Henry Pratt writes to Commissioner of Indian Affairs Ezra Hayt, requesting permission to spend $1000 on cold weather clothing for students. Pratt notes that supplies requested two months previous had not yet arrived, and that cold weather had set in at Carlisle.

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Complaint Regarding Quality of Student Clothing
November 7, 1879

Richard Henry Pratt writes to Commissioner of Indian Affairs Ezra Hayt regarding the quality of clothing provided to Carlisle Indian School students. Pratt complains that the partial order of clothing he received from the Bureau is not durable or warm enough, and leaves students uncomfortable...

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Retaining Sisseton Sioux and Menominee Students at Carlisle
November 7, 1879

Richard Henry Pratt informs Commissioner of Indian Affairs Ezra Hayt that, at the request of Hampton Institute director General Samuel Armstrong, six Sisseton Sioux children and two Menominee boys from Green Bay, Wisconsin will be retained at Carlisle. Their addition increases the school's...

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Report on First Party of Children Brought to the Carlisle Indian School
November 13, 1879

Captain Richard Henry Pratt writes to Ezra H. Hayt, Commissioner of Indian Affairs, regarding the first group of Sioux, Ponca, Pawnee, Kiowa, Comanche, Wichita, Seminole, Cheyenne, and Arapahoe children and young adults brought to the Carlisle Indian School. Pratt offers a detailed description...

Format: Letters/Correspondence, Reports
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Expression Against Screening Student Mail
December 19, 1879

Richard Henry Pratt writes to Commissioner of Indian Affairs Ezra Hayt, responding to a forwarded letter from Major Pollock of the Rosebud Agency. Pratt argues against screening students' letters home, suggesting that it would harm the government's relationship with their parents and chiefs....

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Urgent Requests for Funds for Chapel
December 30, 1879

Richard Henry Pratt writes two letters to officials at the Bureau of Indian Affairs, inquiring why needed funds for the construction of the chapel have not been provided. In the first letter, to Commissioner of Indian Affairs Ezra Hayt, Pratt notes that he has borrowed money to fill the...

Format: Financial Documents, Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration

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