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

September 1, 2017
New Collection Online: John N. Choate Glass Plate Negatives

The Dickinson College Archives and Special Collections recently acquired a collection of 39 glass plate negatives from the studio of John Nicholas Choate, the famed photographer who frequently captured images of Carlisle Indian School students and activities. The collection includes individual and group portraits, most of which were not commercially sold. As a result, most of these images are rare and have never been publicly accessible before. Many of the people in these pictures have identifying captions, or have been identified by cross-referencing other photographs. All of the images are now digitized and available through our website. You can view the images here, or read through the...

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August 4, 2017
Cemetery Information Resource Launched

The Carlisle Indian School Digital Resource Center team would like to share a new resource, simply titled Cemetery Information. This resource aims to support the research of descendants, scholars, and others interested in the history of the Carlisle Indian School cemetery by providing easy access to a wide range of primary source documents about the cemetery and the Carlisle Indian School students interred there.

There is an individual page entry for each person interred (including those who lack a named headstone in the modern cemetery), and each page entry includes basic information about the person's name, Nation, and date of decease. Each page also includes a collection of primary source...

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May 29, 2017

Thanks to a grant from the NHPRC, Dickinson College will host a Teachers' Institute on the Carlisle Indian School and the continuing impact of Indian boarding schools. The institute will be held July 30-August 4, 2017 in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. Specialists in American Indian education and 12 secondary school educators will come together to confront and interrogate this important history. Participating teachers will develop lesson plans that use the Carlisle Indian School Digital Resource Center and other available sources. These lesson plans can then be used in native and non-native classrooms, community centers, and libraries around the country. Travel, room and board...

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