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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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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

Need for Clarifying Information on Requested Supplies for Carlisle Indian School

Date: October 7, 1879

Frank D. Karr, Superintendent of Warehouse, states that his sewing machine contractor E. J. Howard does not have the Wilcox & Gibbs sewing machine requested for the Carlisle Indian School and asks the Commissioner of Indian Affairs what he should do. He also asks for more information about a requested horse carriage and hose and recommends the fire buckets be made from rubber instead of leather.

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 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

Rate for Shipping Supplies to Carlisle Indian School

Date: October 8, 1879

Frank D. Karr, Superintendent of Warehouse, informs the Commissioner of Indian Affairs that the rate for shipping freight to the Carlisle Indian School is $0.90 per 100 pounds. Karr further requests that the mark to be placed on the goods to be shipped to Carlisle be provided to him.

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

Shipping Rates from New York to Carlisle Indian School

Date: October 8 - October 11, 1879

Frank D. Karr, Superintendent of Warehouse, encloses two letters, one of which relates to shipping organs to Yankton Agency and the other by N. L. Douglass relating to shipping rates to the Carlisle Indian School. Pennsylvania Railroad Company Agent Douglass provides a list of shipping rates from New York to Carlisle. As these rates are the lowest he's seen, Karr recommends using Douglass .

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 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

Question Regarding an Order for 140 Heavy Blankets

Date: October 10, 1879

Wilson & Bradbury Dry Goods Commission Merchants informs Commissioner of Indian Affairs E. A. Hayt that they received an order from Carlisle for 140 heavy blankets. While those blankets could be manufactured, there are a variety of other blankets that they could send immediately. The merchants ask Hayt what they should do.

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 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

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 (Armstrong) is needed for a recruitment trip to Dakota, and Pratt forwards the telegram to the Commissioner for consultation.

Repository: National Archives and Records Administration

Notice of Borrowing Funds for Travel to Kansas

Date: October 13, 1879

Telegram from Richard Henry Pratt informing the Commissioner of Indian Affairs that he is borrowing money for his travel west, and will be leaving that day.

Previously approved funds had not yet been made available to Pratt, despite numerous requests to the Commissioner. Pratt was travelling to Winfield, Kansas to meet up with recruited students.

Repository: National Archives and Records Administration

Estimate of Supplies, October 1879

Date: October 13, 1879

Richard H. Pratt submits an Estimate of Supplies for the fourth quarter of fiscal year 1879 amounting to $2,361.91 and requests to purchase those items in the open market. The form includes the items being requested, the quantity, the estimated cost, and how the item will be used 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

Invoice for Shipment of Paper and Envelopes

Date: October 16-28, 1879

Richard H. Pratt signs an invoice confirming that the Commissioner of Indian Affairs sent him a large shipment of letter paper, note paper, and envelopes.

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

Notice of No Tickets for Recruited Students in Wichita, Kansas

Date: October 17, 1879

Richard Henry Pratt telegrams the Commissioner of Indian Affairs, noting that no tickets were on deposit for recruited Cheyenne and Kiowa students met in Wichita, Kansas. Pratt also notes that the Osage did not receive enough information about the request for students, and that the Pawnee and Ponca agents had not heard about the request. Pratt requests that tickets be immediately purchased so that he can escort Kiowa and Cheyenne to Carlisle, and notes that Alfred Standing will be sent to bring Osage, Pawnee, and Ponca students back east.

Repository: National Archives and Records Administration

Recruiting Cheyenne Students for Hampton Institute

Date: October 18, 1879

Richard Henry Pratt telegrams the Commissioner of Indian Affairs, informing him that the Cheyenne agent can supply students to make up the deficiency of students at Hampton, if instructed to send one third boys and two third girls. Pratt notes that these students could be escorted east by Alfred Standing and Sarah Mather, two teachers who are bringing Osage, Pawnee, and Ponca students back to Carlisle.

Repository: National Archives and Records Administration

Immediate Need to Pupil Transportation from Wichita, Kansas

Date: October 18, 1879

Telegram from Richard Henry Pratt to the Secretary of the Interior, pleading for the provision of immediate transportation of recruited students from Wichita, Kansas to Carlisle. The Indian Office had failed to provide transportation for the students in time, necessitating Pratt's plea.

Repository: National Archives and Records Administration

Proposed Alternative Transportation Plans from Wichita, Kansas

Date: October 23, 1879

Telegram from Richard Henry Pratt to Commissioner of Indian Affairs Hayt noting that the party of recruited students met in Wichita can be waggoned to Lawrence, Kansas if need be. Pratt again notes that he is desperate for a way to transport the pupils back to Carlisle.

Repository: National Archives and Records Administration

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