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Hiram A. Pratt diaries

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: S1943

Scope and Contents

This collection includes four diaries of Hiram A. Pratt of Waveland, Indiana. The diaries are from 1866, 1869, 1882, and 1887 and contain entries about Pratt's daily activities and expenditures, the weather, church attendance, and news about family and friends.


  • 1866-1887


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Biographical Note

Hiram Austin Pratt was born April 20, 1840 on a farm in Parke County, Indiana to Erastus and Elizabeth Pratt. He moved with his family to Wapello County, Iowa in the 1850s. On August 8, 1862, Pratt enlisted as a private with Company B, 36th Regiment Iowa Volunteers during the U.S. Civil War. On August 24, 1864, he was taken prisoner during the battle on Mark's Mill in Arkansas. After his honorable discharge on August 24, 1865, Pratt moved back to Indiana and took up residence in Waveland. He married Eliza F. Shaw on September 6, 1866 and they adopted a son, William "Willie". After the death of Eliza on October 12, 1887, Pratt married Sarah Evaline McMains on October 9, 1888. He was a barber by trade and passed away at the age of 74 on October 12, 1914.

Sources: "Hiram A. Pratt." 1860 United States Federal Census. Accessed March 15, 2018. "N. A. Pratt." 1870 United States Federal Census. Accessed March 15, 2018.

"Hiram Austin Pratt." Waveland Independent (IN), October 16, 1914.

"Veteran Civil War Answers Last Taps." Crawfordsville Journal (IN), October 14, 1914.


0.04 Cubic Feet (2 folders)

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This collection is arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2018/03/15 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid created 2018/03/15 by Laura Eliason.
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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