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Title U.S. Board of Indian Commissioners files [manuscript]: 1912-1922 [ Box 2, Folders 12 to 14]
Author Ayer, Edward Everett (1841-1927)
Document Type Correspondence; Official Record; Manuscript
Description From the Newberry Library Catalogue: Correspondence, minutes, reports, memoranda, bulletins, 1912-1922, relating to Edward E. Ayer’s work as a commissioner. Dating primarily from Ayer’s period of active service, 1912-1917, there is both incoming and outgoing correspondence with commission members and officials (H.C. Phillips, W.K. Moorehead, G. Vaux, F.H. Abbott, M. McDowell, W.H. Ketchum), the secretary of the interior (F.K. Lane), the commissioner of Indian affairs (C. Sells), the foreman of the Menominee sawmill (A.S. Nicholson), and senators and congressmen (R. La Follette, etc.). Minutes of annual meetings, office reports, memoranda, bulletins, annual reports, and special investigative reports issued by the commission are included. There are also mimeographed circulars of the Office of Indian Affairs. Topics include political struggles between the commission and other government agencies responsible for Indian affairs, Indian appropriation bills and other legislation pending in Congress, conditions on Indian reservations throughout the country, and the Menominee investigation conducted by Ayer. Organized in two sections: Correspondence, reports, etc., 1912-1922; and Menominee Indian Reservation investigation records, 1913-1914.
Places Washington, D.C., United States
Keywords government, government relations, commissioner, Indian Agency, Board of Indian Commissioners, reservation, Office of Indian Affairs, Congress of the United States, politics, legislation, legislature, business
Theme American Indians and the US Government; Trade and Indian Economies
Tribe / Nation
Culture Area Northeast
Additional Information From Nov., 12, 1912, to June 29, 1919, Edward E. Ayer was a member of the U.S. Board of Indian Commissioners, an advisory body established by Congress in 1869 that was authorized to visit and investigate any Indian reservation or branch of the Indian service. An active commission member, Ayer during 1913-1914 investigated the administration of the Menominee Indian Reservation in Wisconsin and the operation of the sawmill there. On his trips west he frequently visited and reported on the Indians of Arizona and Southern California. He also lobbied for subjecting Indians on reservations to the provisions of state laws and for better pay and working conditions for Indian service employees.
Library The Newberry Library
Copyright The Newberry Library
Collection The Edward E. Ayer Collection
Reference VAULT Ayer MS 911
Catalogue Link The Newberry Library Catalogue