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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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Preference that Pratt Stay at Hampton to Assist with Indian Students

Date: December 20-30, 1878

Hampton Institute Principal Samuel Chapman Armstrong responds to Commissioner of Indian Affairs E. A. Hayt's inquiry regarding the need for Captain Richard Henry Pratt to stay at Hampton to help care for and manage the Indian students. Armstrong states that it would be best for the Indians and Hampton for Pratt to remain at the school.

Note: This item was copied from U.S. National Archives microfilm reels (M234), which were filmed from the original documents found in Record Group 75, Entry 79, "Letters Received by the Office of Indian Affairs, 1824-80."

Repository: National Archives and Records Administration

Recommendation of Carlisle Barracks as Location for Indian School

Date: February 14, 1879

Spencer Fullteron Baird, Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, writes to Secretary of the Interior Carl Schurz to endorse Captain Richard H. Pratt's request to establish an Indian School at the Carlisle Barracks. Baird contends that there is "no better spot" to open an Indian School because the buildings at the barracks would be well-suited for a school.

Note: This item was copied from U.S. National Archives microfilm reels (M234), which were filmed from the original documents found in Record Group 75, Entry 79, "Letters Received by the Office of Indian Affairs, 1824-80."

Repository: National Archives and Records Administration

Request to Recruit Dakota Students for Hampton

Date: June 2, 1879

Hampton Institute Principal Samuel C. Armstrong states that they are currently educating 38 Indian boys and only 9 Indian girls, so he requests that they recruit 20 Dakota female Indian students. He requests that, if his wish is granted, Captain Richard H. Pratt be sent to secure the students and that he be allowed to bring back no more than six boys along with the girls.

Note: This item was copied from U.S. National Archives microfilm reels (M234), which were filmed from the original documents found in Record Group 75, Entry 79, "Letters Received by the Office of Indian Affairs, 1824-80."

Repository: National Archives and Records Administration

Problem with Finding Outing Hosts in Massachusetts

Date: June 2, 1879

Richard H. Pratt informs Commissioner of Indian Affairs E. A. Hayt that there are problems "persuading these Yankee farmers" in Massachusetts to be outing hosts. While 7 farmers are interested in hosting a student, Pratt would like 15 more.

Note: This item was copied from U.S. National Archives microfilm reels (M234), which were filmed from the original documents found in Record Group 75, Entry 79, "Letters Received by the Office of Indian Affairs, 1824-80."

Repository: National Archives and Records Administration

Topics: Outings

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

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.

Repository: National Archives and Records Administration

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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

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

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

Difficulties with Educating Indian Students at Hampton

Date: September 15, 1879

Hampton Institute Principal Samuel C. Armstrong informs Commissioner of Indian Affairs E. A. Hayt that he has signed his contract. He states that he's unhappy with the terms of the contract and describes the expense and difficulty of educating Indian students.

Note: This item was copied from U.S. National Archives microfilm reels (M234), which were filmed from the original documents found in Record Group 75, Entry 79, "Letters Received by the Office of Indian Affairs, 1824-80."

Repository: National Archives and Records Administration

Request for a Teaching Appointment

Date: September 21, 1879

Haus Eugen Bahn writes to Secretary of the Interior Carl Schurz regarding his intent to establish an Indian school in Carlisle. Bahn requests an appointment as teacher at the school.

Note: This item was copied from U.S. National Archives microfilm reels (M234), which were filmed from the original documents found in Record Group 75, Entry 79, "Letters Received by the Office of Indian Affairs, 1824-80."

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

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

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

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

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

Notice of Board to Appraise Property

Date: October 9, 1879

Richard H. Pratt writes 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

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

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

Topics: Finance

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