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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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Special Estimate of Funds, Fourth Quarter 1880

Date: November 22, 1880

Richard Henry Pratt submits a "Special" Estimate of Funds form for $1,700 that includes traveling expenses, supplies, employee pay, and contingencies.

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

Report of Irregular Employees, November 1880

Date: December 3, 1880

Lieutenant in Charge Richard H. Pratt transmits his Report of Irregular Employees for November 1880.

Note: The report itself was missing from the microfilm reels at the National Archives.

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 Purchase Supplies, First Quarter 1881

Date: December 6, 1880

Lieutenant in Charge Richard H. Pratt requests to purchase a variety of school supplies in the open market amounting to $1,100 during the first quarter of 1881.

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 Convert Stable to Gymnasium

Date: December 6, 1880

Lieutenant Richard H. Pratt requests that the Commissioner of Indian Affairs approves spending $300 to convert the stable to a gymnasium for the male students. Pratt explains that they moved the animals to the rented school farm and no longer use the stable.

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

Potentially Terminal Illness of Ernest (Knocks Off)

Date: December 6, 1880

Lieutenant in Charge Richard H. Pratt informs the Commissioner of Indian Affairs that Chief White Thunder's son, Ernest, is very sick and may die. Pratt believes that it's "entirely his fault" and that he "wants to die."

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 Enroll Sac and Fox Student

Date: December 8, 1880

J. Nelson Trask writes to inquire about enrolling a Sac and Fox student he met in Tama, Iowa at Carlisle. Trask notes that Jim has considerable skill as a silversmith and can write in Meskwaki.

Repository: National Archives and Records Administration

Estimate of Funds, First Quarter 1881

Date: December 8, 1880

Estimate of funds for the first quarter of 1881 amounting to $13,134 for subsistence, employee pay, clothing, farm, supplies, repairs, and contingencies.

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

Estimate for Medical Supplies, December 1880

Date: December 11-14, 1880

Lieutenant in Charge Richard H. Pratt forwards an Estimate of Medical Supplies that covers the first six months of 1881.

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

Report on Deaths of Maud (Little Girl) and Ernest (Knocks Off)

Date: December 14, 1880

Physician Charles H. Hepburn provides a report on the deaths of two Rosebud Sioux students: Maud and Ernest. Maud died of multiple lung issues on December 13, 1881, and Ernest died of diphtheria on December 14, 1881. Lieutenant in Charge Richard H. Pratt forwards Hepburn's report to the Commissioner of Indian Affairs.

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

Corrections to Report of Irregular Employees, September 1880

Date: December 21, 1880

Lieutenant in Charge Richard H. Pratt corrects misspellings of employee names from his irregular service report for September 1880.

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 from John Ka dah qe go na by to Enroll Daughter

Date: December 27, 1880 - January 1, 1881

U. S. Indian Agent, George W. Lee, of the Mackinac Agency forwards a letter to the Commissioner of Indian Affairs from John Ka dah qe go na to Richard Henry Pratt requesting a spot at the Carlisle Indian School for his daughter. Lee further states that he has a number of such applications and inquires about the prospect and requirements of any student to be admitted.

Repository: National Archives and Records Administration

Request to Return the Bodies of Ernest White Thunder and Maud Swift Bear

Date: December 27, 1880

The parents of Ernest White Thunder and Maud Swift Bear request that their bodies be returned to them in order to have them buried near their homes. They note that while Richard Henry Pratt sent them frequent letters they were not aware that their children were near death and are now unable to fulfill their hope of returning home to help their people. In a post script Spotted Tail asks that any students who are ill and will not recover be sent home in order to allow them to die at home.

Repository: National Archives and Records Administration

Topics: Student Death

Osage Agency Enrolling Students at Carlisle

Date: December 31, 1880

Osage Agency Indian Agent L. J. Miles reports that the Osage School has over fifty girls in attendance and he has secured promises that at least ten pupils would be willing to attend Carlisle. Miles reports that he hopes there is room for them has he hopes they will help convince future students to attend.

Repository: National Archives and Records Administration

Return Home of High Bear Jr.

Date: January 1, 1881

Richard Henry Pratt reports that the visit of Ponca Chiefs Harry Bear, Standing Eagle, and White Buffalo went well. He also notes that Chief Harry Bear asked that his son be returned home due to his falling ill multiple times at Carlisle. Pratt notes that he approved the return home of the student despite his condition improving following requests from the other two chiefs.

Repository: National Archives and Records Administration

Submission of Plans to Build Hospital at the Carlisle School

Date: January 11, 1881

Richard Henry Pratt submits plans and specifications for building a new Hospital on the grounds of the Carlisle Indian School. Pratt notes that he has received multiple estimates for the cost of the building as well as supplies and believes that the use of Indian Apprentices will greatly reduce labor costs. He states that the old Hospital building can be repurposed to a new Industrial Room to accommodate more students.

Repository: National Archives and Records Administration

Enrollment of Moqui Pueblo Indians

Date: January 11, 1881

U. S. Indian Agent for the Moqui Pueblo Indian Agency, John H. Sullivan, writes to inform the Indian Affairs Commissioner that he has not procured students for Carlisle or Hampton originally because he believed Rev. Sheldon Jackson lacked authority to request students and then because there is not yet sufficient trust among the Pueblo to send their children to be educated at a distance.

Repository: National Archives and Records Administration

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Pratt References Letter Regarding Osage Children

Date: January 17, 1881

Richard Henry Pratt references a letter from V. H. Cornman regarding the ease of recruiting Osage pupils for the Carlisle Indian School.

Repository: National Archives and Records Administration

Descriptive Statement of Pupils from Tullahassee Mission, 1881

Date: January 19-20, 1881

These materials include a cover letter and a Descriptive Statement of Pupils regarding 25 children transferred to the Carlisle Indian School from the Tullahassee Mission in Muscogee Indian Territory.

Repository: National Archives and Records Administration

Arapaho Children to be Sent to Carlisle

Date: January 19, 1881

E. Ballon writes to the E. M. Marble, the Acting Commissioner of Indian Affairs that he was informed of the decision to enroll Arapaho students at Carlisle. He notes that Black Coal was excited at this response and immediately went to gather pupils to send to Carlisle in order to send them by February 1st. Ballon further requests the opportunity to stop at Zanesville, Ohio while traveling with the students and his mother.

Repository: National Archives and Records Administration

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Report on the Death of Dennis (Strikes First)

Date: January 20-25, 1881

Carlisle Indian School physician, C. H. Hepburn, reports on the death of Dennis Strikes First due to Typhoid Pneumonia on January 19, 1881.

Note: In this record the student is identified as Denis.

Repository: National Archives and Records Administration

Arrival of 25 Creek Students

Date: January 21, 1881

Captain Pratt writes to inform the Commissioner of Indian Affairs that he has just received notice that 25 Creek students are arriving at the Carlisle Indian School on January 22.

Repository: National Archives and Records Administration

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Proposal to Send Industrial Articles to Rosebud and Pine Ridge Agencies

Date: January 21, 1881

Richard Henry Pratt notes that when he spoke to American Horse and other Sioux Chiefs in 1880 as they returned home they were promised a light wagon produced at Carlisle. According to Pratt sending the wagons along with some tinware would be a good method to show the work being done by the students of the Rosebud and Pine Ridge Agency as well as counter any ill feelings resulting from the deaths of Maud Swift Bear, Ernest White Thunder, and Dennis Strikes First.

Repository: National Archives and Records Administration

Request to Admit Chippewa Students at Carlisle

Date: January 25, 1881 - January 29, 1881

Richard Henry Pratt forwards a letter from George W. Lee, the Indian Agent at the Mackinac Agency requesting to send Chippewa students to Carlisle if there is room and what would the terms and conditions be of admission. Pratt notes that the Chippewa are one of the few Nations east of the Rocky Mountains that are not represented at Carlisle.

Repository: National Archives and Records Administration

Examination of Newly Arrived Creek Students

Date: January 26, 1881 - January 27, 1881

Richard Henry Pratt forwards a report on the health of the newly arrived Creek students from the school physician C. H. Hepburn. Hepburn indicates four students who have been physically affected by illness and comments on the age of the children as compared to the age they provided. Pratt recommends sending one student home based on Hepburn's diagnosis.

Repository: National Archives and Records Administration

Request to Recruit an Equal Number of Girls

Date: January 28, 1881

Richard Henry Pratt requests from the Commissioner of Indian Affairs that both L. J. Miles and E. Ballon should bring as many girls as boys to Carlisle otherwise they should not come. He notes that there are at present proportionately too many male students at Carlisle.

Repository: National Archives and Records Administration

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