KANSAS, Delaware Indians
Album of photographs of the Native American artifact collection of Indian agent John G. Pratt
Kansas: circa 1906. Oblong 8vo. 43 photographs, loosely inserted with corner mounts or laid in. Includes duplicates.
Contemporary black embossed cloth album, paper label on the upper cover "Pictures of / Indian Collection / J. G. Pratt / 1906"
Photographs of the interior of a Kansas Indian Agent's home.
"John G. Pratt was born September 9, 1814, at Hingham, Mass. He was educated at the Wakefield Academy, Reading Mass., and at Andover Seminary where he graduated in 1836. In addition to his regular studies he spent some time at the University Press, Cambridge, where he learned the printing trade. At Andover he was licensed to preach and after graduation was employed by the Baptist Missionary Society for work in the Indian country first as a printer and later as a missionary. On March 29, 1837, he married Olivia Evans in Reading and two weeks later they left Boston for the Shawnee Baptist Mission near present Merriam, Kansas, where Pratt replaced Jotham Meeker as printer ... For the next seven years they lived a Spartan existence ministering to the Indians under primitive conditions at the mission. In 1844, Pratt, who had been ordained on November 19, 1843, was placed in charge of the Stockbridge Baptist Mission situated near present Wadsworth, Kansas. In 1848 the Stockbridge mission discontinued and he assumed charge of the Delaware Baptist Mission which had been founded in 1837 on the future site of Edwardsville, Kansas. Pratt was appointed physician to the Delawares in 1861 and three years later was appointed United States agent to the same tribe, succeeding Fielding Johnson. In 1870, after the Delawares had moved to the Indian territory, Pratt retired and turned to farming and livestock raising. He remained the friend of the Delawares, however, and acted as attorney for the tribe, representing their interests in Kansas. He was also active in establishing schools and missions for them in the Indian territory. All the while he remained an active Baptist minister, filling various pulpits in the area. He died at his home near Piper, Kansas, on April 23, 1900" (John Gill Pratt Papers, www.kshs.org).
Among the images is one of a seated woman and two children, believed to be E.H. Pratt, John G. Pratt's daughter-in-law who lived at the old Pratt mission home. Among the numerous artifacts depicted are moccasins, shirts, beads, weapons, arrowheads, pottery, baskets and more.