Ideology behind the Outing System

Ideology behind the Outing System
January 14, 1879

Richard H. Pratt states that he currently has 57 male students and is looking to recruit 20 female students. He goes on to say that he plans to place most of the students from Florida on outing, believing that placing Indian students in white families where they will learn a trade will help give them "independence, self-reliance and better English-speaking." In general, Pratt believes that placing students on outing is more effective than teaching them in the classroom.

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."

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National Archives and Records Administration
RG 75, M234, roll 482, frames 507-510