Welcome

The Carlisle Indian Industrial School is a major site of memory for many Native peoples, as well as a source of study for students and scholars around the globe. This website represents an effort to aid the research process by bringing together, in digital format, a variety of resources that are physically preserved in various locations around the country. Through these resources, we seek to increase knowledge and understanding of the school and its complex legacy, while also facilitating efforts to tell the stories of the many thousands of students who were sent there.

Edgar Moore and Unidentified Athletic Team, c.1908 Blackfeet Indians at Commencement Week, 1910 Alumni Hall, c.1908 Group of Indian Boys, 1899 Carpenter Shop and Tailoring Department, 1909 Gym Class, #2, c.1905 Marching into School Room, 1910 Gym Class, #1, c.1905 Indian School Band and Girls Quarters, 1909 Group of Indian Girls, 1899 Instruction Buildings, c.1908 Wounded Yellow Robe, Timber Yellow Robe, and Henry Standing Bear, #1 [before] Wounded Yellow Robe, Timber Yellow Robe, and Henry Standing Bear [after] Students sit outside the Girls Quarters

Recent News & Updates

December 16, 2016
New Donation: The Brockey (Charles W. Buck) Collection

The Carlisle Indian School Digital Resource Center has recently received a wonderful donation of 11 original images related to the Carlisle Indian School from the family of Brockey (Charles W. Buck) (Piegan). Brockey attended the school from 1890 to 1895 and collected these items during his studies. The photographs include images of the Carlisle Indian School Band and the school's display at the World's Fair Columbian Exposition in 1893, as well as many familiar scenes in and around the school (including the graduating class of 1894). These photographs, along with a copy of an obituary of Brockey, will soon be available on our website!

August 3, 2016
Series 1327 Completely Online!

After three years and nine team research trips to Washington, DC for digitization of Carlisle Indian School content, we have completed processing and posting online all of the student file folders from Series 1327 from the National Archives. Series 1327 is the largest collection of individual student records, composed of 155 boxes and more than 6100 individual folders. These folders collectively hold roughly 125,000 pages of material, now fully available to everyone for use! There is still much more to come for the project and additional material is posted daily, so check back regularly for new content.

June 17, 2016
Summer Digitization Trip to NARA

Five members of the Dickinson College Archives team have recently begun the latest in a series of digitization trips to the National Archives in Washington, D.C.  Linda Genser '17, Paige Hamilton '17, and Fiona Keane '19 are joined by current Friends of the Library Intern Suri Smith '13 and next year's Friends of the Library Intern Frank Vitale '16 for a week-and-a-half long trip to scan administrative documents related to the operation of the Carlisle Indian School.  The team is looking forward to discovering more about Carlisle through this records series.