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The Documents section features digitized copies of documents relating to the history of the school.  These documents include correspondence, graduation pamphlets, and other forms of ephemera, and have been digitized by Digital Resource Center staff.  Today, these documents are preserved in a number of locations, including the Dickinson College Archives and Special Collections as well as private collections.

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Per-Student Funding and Establishment of School at Carlisle

Date: August 4, 1879

Letter from Richard Henry Pratt to Commissioner of Indian Affairs Ezra A. Hayt suggesting an increase in the per-student funding afforded by the government to Indian schools. Pratt also encourages the Commissioner to continue pursuing Congressional approval for the opening of an Indian school at the Carlisle Barracks.

Repository: National Archives and Records Administration

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Account for Transit Expenses from Florida

Date: September 8, 1879

Letter from Richard Henry Pratt to the Commissioner of Indian Affairs, transferring his account of travel expenses from Florida. Immediately before this time, Pratt was stationed at Fort Marion in St. Augustine, Florida as a jailer for Indian prisoners-of-war.

Repository: National Archives and Records Administration

Request for Personal and School Supplies for Carlisle Indian School

Date: September 9, 1879

List of supplies requested by Richard Henry Pratt for the school he is preparing to establish at Carlisle Barracks. Requested supplies include clothing, tools, cooking supplies, and firefighting equipment.

Pratt refers to this request list in a letter sent to the Commissioner of Indian Affairs the following day.

Repository: National Archives and Records Administration

Letter About Drawings of Carlisle Barracks

Date: September 10, 1879

Letter from Superintendent Richard Henry Pratt to Commissioner of Indian Affairs Ezra Hayt, forwarding drawings of the Carlisle Barracks and a copy of the transfer order. Those enclosures are not included here.

Repository: National Archives and Records Administration

Request for Supplies and Repairs at Carlisle Barracks

Date: September 10, 1879

Letter from Richard Henry Pratt informing the Commissioner of Indian Affairs that he has received funds for a recruitment trip out West, and will set off that day. Pratt also requests supplies be sent to the Carlisle Barracks in preparation for his arrival with students, and asks for permission to repair the Barracks buildings after the property is legally transferred into his custody.

Repository: National Archives and Records Administration

Forwarding Supplementary Property Return Forms

Date: September 10, 1879

Richard Henry Pratt forwards his Supplementary Property Return forms to the Commissioner of Indian Affairs.

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Notice Regarding Need for Supplies

Date: September 10, 1879

Correspondence from Superintendent Pratt to Commissioner of Indian Affairs Ezra Hayt noting that any communication regarding supplies will receive immediate attention.

Other documents from this same time period attest to Pratt's desperate need for supplies at Carlisle Barracks, before the arrival of the first group of students.

Repository: National Archives and Records Administration

Medical Discharge at Hampton and Recruitment for Carlisle

Date: September 11, 1879

Letter from Richard Henry Pratt to Edwin J. Brooks regarding sick students discharged from the Hampton Institute. Pratt insists that too many boys were sent home, against his and the doctor's advice, and asserts that Spotted Tail and Red Cloud will be less interested in sending students to Carlisle as a result.

Repository: National Archives and Records Administration

Recruitment Report from Rosebud and Pine Ridge Sioux Agency

Date: October 2, 1879

Telegram from Richard Henry Pratt, in the Yankton Agency, to the Commissioner of Indian Affairs informing him that 47 boys and 17 girls from Rosebud as well as 12 boys and 6 girls from Pine Ridge have been recruited. Pratt notes that these children will be escorted east to the Hampton Institute.

Repository: National Archives and Records Administration

Telegram Regarding Orders to Return to Hampton

Date: October 3, 1879

Telegram from Richard Henry Pratt in Onawa, Iowa to the Commissioner of Indian Affairs following up on a previous message regarding his orders to recruit a party of students for the Hampton Institute. Pratt notifies the Commissioner that he has started his return journey.

Repository: National Archives and Records Administration

Materials Request for Picket Fence

Date: October 6, 1879

Telegram from Richard Henry Pratt to the Commissioner of Indian Affairs requesting materials and funds to erect a "picket fence six feet high to keep Indians in and citizens out" of the Carlisle Indian School campus.

Repository: National Archives and Records Administration

Notice of Arrival of First Group of Students

Date: October 6, 1879

Telegram from Richard Henry Pratt informing the Commissioner of Indian Affairs that he has arrived in Carlisle with the first party of students. Pratt also asks about his previous requests for supplies and rations, which have gone unanswered.

Repository: National Archives and Records Administration

Request for Postage Stamps

Date: October 8, 1879

Request from Richard Henry Pratt for postage stamps, for use on official school business.

Repository: National Archives and Records Administration

Request for Funds for Food and Travel

Date: October 8, 1879

Telegram from Richard Henry Pratt to the Commissioner of Indian Affairs requesting $2000 for food at the Carlisle Indian School and to cover expenses for a recruitment trip in the West. Pratt notes that he is leaving for Winfield, Kansas soon.

Repository: National Museum of the American Indian

Notice of Board to Appraise Property

Date: October 9, 1879

Letter from Richard Henry Pratt to Commissioner of Indian Affairs Ezra Hayt regarding a board to appraise property at the Carlisle Barracks. Pratt notes that, because of the visit, he will be unable to meet a group of recruited students in the West, and instead suggests sending teachers Alfred J. Standing and Sarah Mather. Pratt also notes the presence of journalists around the school, looking for information.

Repository: National Archives and Records Administration

Request for Expedited Supplies Shipment

Date: October 9, 1879

Telegram from Richard Henry Pratt to the Commissioner of Indian Affairs asking for a quick response to outstanding requests for supplies.

Repository: National Archives and Records Administration

Use of Official Postage for Student Letters

Date: October 10, 1879

Richard Henry Pratt writes to Commissioner of Indian Affairs Ezra Hayt asking whether official postage stamps can be used to send students' mail to their families and friends at home in the western Agencies.

Repository: National Archives and Records Administration

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Requesting Funds for Repairs and Furniture

Date: October 10, 1879

Telegram from Richard Henry Pratt requesting funds from the Commissioner of Indian Affairs. The funds were needs for repairs, the construction of a fence, and the purchase of school and bedding furniture.

Repository: National Archives and Records Administration

Contract for Water Supply at Carlisle Barracks

Date: October 10, 1879

Richard Henry Pratt forwards a copy of a letter from the Carlisle Gas and Water Company regarding cost of water while the Barracks is occupied. Pratt requests permission to resume payment of a long-standing water contract, as requested by the company.

Repository: National Archives and Records Administration

Request for Instructions Regarding Donations

Date: October 11, 1879

Richard Henry Pratt writes to Commissioner of Indian Affairs Ezra Hayt for instructions on how to process donations received for the Carlisle Indian School. Pratt notes that he received a donation for the continued education of a former prisoner-of-war held at Fort Marion in St. Augustine, Florida. He requests specific instructions on how or whether these and other donated funds should be deposited in the government's Civilization Fund.

Repository: National Archives and Records Administration

Westward Travel Plans for General Armstrong

Date: October 11, 1879

Richard Henry Pratt forwards to Commissioner of Indian Affiars Ezra Hayt a telegram sent by General Samuel Armstrong of the Hampton Institute. Armstrong telegrams Pratt asking whether he is needed for a westward recruitment trip, and Pratt forwards the telegram to the Commissioner for consultation.

Repository: National Archives and Records Administration

Request for Transfer of Repair Funds

Date: October 11, 1879

Superintendent Richard Henry Pratt requests that the Commissioner of Indian Affairs transfer $1332.50 of approved funds to Pratt's control for repairs to buildings at the Carlisle Barracks.

Repository: National Archives and Records Administration

Notice of Lack of Promised Funds

Date: October 11, 1879

Richard Henry Pratt informs the Commissioner of Indian Affairs that funds promised in previous correspondence have not yet been received. Pratt warns that, if the funds are not received soon, he will be unable to meet recruited students at Winfield, Kansas as previously arranged.

Repository: National Archives and Records Administration

Request for Fence Construction Funds

Date: October 11, 1879

Request from Richard Henry Pratt for $430 of previously authorized funds to be credited to his account, for the construction of a fence at Carlisle Barracks.

Repository: National Archives and Records Administration

Request for Use of Army Ration Standard for Indian Pupils

Date: October 11, 1879

Superintendent Richard Henry Pratt writes Commissioner of Indian Affairs Ezra Hayt regarding food costs for Indian students. Pratt suggests that, until a proper standard is established, the Army ration rate be adopted and provided to him as a food allowance for the pupils.

Repository: National Archives and Records Administration

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