Title: Letter from Ezekiel Jarman Ayers to Essanay Film Company

Date: March 7, 1916

Author: Ayers, Ezekiel Jarman, 1866-1931

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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
WASHINGTON

Essanay Film Company,

Chicago, Illinois.

Gentlemen:

Under date of February 2, 1916, the Department wrote you that it had never received a set of the moving picture films taken on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, South Dakota, during the latter part of the year 1913, although it was the understanding, as well as the expressed desire of Colonel W. F. Cody, that the Interior Department be furnished with these reels. It is understood that a similar arrangement was had with the War Department, and that that Department did receive its pictures.

As you were previously advised, this Department had some correspondence with Colonel Cody, and in his letter of February 1st he stated that he was at a loss to understand why the agreement had not been carried out as far as the Interior Department was concerned, and that he would write your company with reference to the matter.

Up to this time we have not received the promised films, nor has a reply to Department letter of February 1st   been had, and it is therefore requested that you state the reason for the delay and if the Department can expect to receive these pictures at an early date.

Cordially yours,

(Sgd) E. J. AYERS [1]

Chief Clerk.

McC

Note 1: Ezekiel Jarman Ayers (1866-1931) was Chief Clerk, Department of Interior, Superintendent of Buildings, and Acting Assistant Secretary of Interior; he was appointed by Secretary of War Franklin K. Lane in 1911, serving until his resignation in 1920. [back]

Title: Letter from Ezekiel Jarman Ayers to Essanay Film Company

Source: National Archives and Records Administration: Record Group 48, Department of the Interior, Office of the Secretary, Central Classified File 1907-1936, 5-2 Indians, Moving Pictures

Date: March 7, 1916

Author: Ayers, Ezekiel Jarman, 1866-1931

People: Ayers, Ezekiel Jarman, 1866-1931 Lane, Franklin Knight, 1864-1921

Places: Washington (D.C.) Chicago (Ill.) Pine Ridge Indian Reservation (S.D.)

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