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.

Recent News & Updates

August 3, 2016

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

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.

May 4, 2016

This is the third in a series of posts about the ‘Explore Student Files’ section of the site. Today we are looking at the third tab in this section, ‘Document Types.’ The data in this tab provides a way to explore the prevalence of different types of documents in the student files scanned and made available for research through the site. This information can help in developing research topics, whether around a particular document type or the patterns that emerge between them. For instance, where is there a lot of rich documentation? What does this indicate? What can it tell us the history of what kinds of documents were kept or created?  Does this change over time? Does it vary by...

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