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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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Objection to Present Composition of Arriving Students

Date: January 28, 1881

Richard Henry Pratt objects to the gender imbalance among two incoming student groups from L. J. Miles and from the Northern Arapaho. He notes that the work details of the school are divided among the sexes and depends on an equal number of girls and boys to be fair. The current makeup of the incoming students would further imbalance the schools gender ratio. Pratt ends by noting the entire educational system depends on educating both genders as he has received letters from returned students who have difficulties maintaining their education when their spouse was not schooled.

Repository: National Archives and Records Administration

Permission to Return Two Sioux Students Home

Date: January 29, 1881

Richard Henry Pratt recommends returning two students from the Sioux Nation. The first is Lawrence due to ill health and the second is Philip Good Voice due to a request from his father and his current home sickness which may lead to poor health in the future.

Repository: National Archives and Records Administration

Agent Response to Enrolling Sac and Fox Student at Carlisle

Date: January 29, 1881

George L. Davenport, the Indian Agent at the Sac and Fox Agency in Tama, Iowa, notes that ex-Agent Trask's recommendation to enroll Jim Poweshiek at Carlisle is inadvisable. Davenport notes that Jim is 26 years old with a wife and child and can write in English and has no intention of going away to school. He further states that he would like to see Sac and Fox students at Carlisle but knows of none at the moment who would be admissible.

Repository: National Archives and Records Administration

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Transportation of Cheyenne Students to Carlisle

Date: January 31, 1881

L. J. Miles, the Indian Agent at the Osage Agency, requests that if convenient when he accompanies Cheyenne children to Carlisle that the leave from Arkansas City and go through Chicago.

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Parker Farm Lease

Date: February 4, 1881

Richard Henry Pratt forwards a the lease and contract for the Parker Farm. The lease and contract stipulate how the Government will farm under the lease.

Repository: National Archives and Records Administration

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Request for Information on Carlisle from Toronto

Date: February 9, 1881 - February 16, 1881

Richard Henry Pratt forwards a copy of a letter from Archibald Young - writing from Toronto, Canada - who is seeking information on the Carlisle Indian School as he is thinking of instituting a school on a similar basis. Pratt asks the Commissioner of Indian Affairs to send the last Annual Report and he will write further on the subject.

Repository: National Archives and Records Administration

Physicians Report on Cheyenne, Arapaho, and Pueblo Students

Date: February 9, 1881 - February 17, 1881

Richard Henry Pratt forwards a report from the Carlisle School physician C. H. Hepburn on the health of students recently arrived from the Cheyenne, Arapaho, and Pueblo Nations to the Commissioner of Indian Affairs.

Repository: National Archives and Records Administration

Request to Hire a Clerk and Teacher

Date: February 10, 1881

Richard Henry Pratt requests the authority to hire an office clerk at forty dollars a month. This is in addition to a request to hire a teacher at forty-five dollars a month due to the arrival of sixteen Cheyenne and Arapaho students who attend school at night after their days are spent working in their trades.

Repository: National Archives and Records Administration

Advertising in Local Papers for Supplies

Date: February 10, 1881

Richard Henry Pratt notes that the Carlisle Herald and Valley Sentinel of Carlisle have the two largest circulations of the local papers and would be the best to advertise for material costs. He provides estimates for lumber; masonry excavation of plastering; hardware; roofing tin and spouting; painting; and a water closet, waste pipe, and outside sink.

Repository: National Archives and Records Administration

Treasury Department Wrap for Three Miscellaneous Receipts

Date: February 11, 1881

Envelope wrap detailing three miscellaneous receipts from Richard H. Pratt.

Repository: National Archives and Records Administration

Request to Enroll Joseph Martin and Moses White

Date: February 12, 1881

U.S. Indian Agent for the La Pointe Agency, S. E. Mahan, writes that both Joseph Martin and Moses White are healthy and would meet the requirements for admission to the Carlisle School.

Repository: National Archives and Records Administration

Immediate Need to Send Home Lawrence

Date: February 15, 1881

Richard Henry Pratt notes that their is an immediate need to return home Lawrence due to a decline in his health. If their proposed escort can not leave soon then Pratt advises having a conductor accompany Lawrence and Philip Good Voice. However, he needs authority to pay the expense.

Repository: National Archives and Records Administration

Clarification Sought on Sending Children Home Early

Date: February 15, 1881 - March 2, 1881

W. J. Cleveland writes to Richard Henry Pratt seeking clarification on the government's policy in regards to sending children home prior to their term of enrollment ending. Cleveland writes that since Spotted Tail was given permission to pay the expenses in returning his children home others have inquired if they are also able to do so. Pratt writes to the Commissioner that it would be wise to give some final reply in order to resolve the issue.

Repository: National Archives and Records Administration

Ballan Seeks to Increase Number of Students Sent to Carlisle

Date: February 17, 1881

E. Ballan writes to add additional students to the party to be sent to Carlisle. He writes that an interpreter would like to send his son along with another from the Shoshone Nation and had previously received permission from the Indian Agent. In addition, one father will only send his daughter if her brother accompanies her to Carlisle.

Repository: National Archives and Records Administration

Special Estimate of Funds, First Quarter 1881

Date: February 19, 1881

Richard Henry Pratt submits a "Special" Estimate of Funds form amounting to $3,397.37 for areas covering supplies, the farm, shops, clothing, funding expenses, and contingencies.

Repository: National Archives and Records Administration

Request to Increase Clothing Budget

Date: February 19, 1881

Richard Henry Pratt seeks to increase the clothing budget of the Carlisle School by $500 due to additional students arriving in the current quarter.

Repository: National Archives and Records Administration

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Pratt Requests Additional Funds to Purchase Food for Ill Children

Date: February 19, 1881

Richard Henry Pratt seeks additional funding to purchase food to meet the requirements outlined by the school surgeon for ill children including butter, milk, and eggs.

Repository: National Archives and Records Administration

Pratt Seeks Funds for Traveling Expenses to Return Students Home

Date: February 19, 1881

Richard Henry Pratt seeks an additional $300 for returning students to their homes in Indian Territory. He notes that fulfilling the obligations already authorized by the Commissioner of Indian Affairs would exhaust his current funding.

Repository: National Archives and Records Administration

Topics: Funding

Indian Office Arrange Transportation for Return of Sioux Students

Date: February 24, 1881

Richard Henry Pratt suggests that the Indian Office arrange transportation for Lawrence and Philip Good Voice to return home under the care of Dr. Faulkner. He notes that he has not been provided orders Sioux City and Pacific Rail Road which is subsidized.

Repository: National Archives and Records Administration

Pratt Requests Authority to Send Dora Brave Bull Home

Date: February 25, 1881

Richard Henry Pratt seeks authority to send Dora home to the Rosebud Agency with Dr. Faulkner.

Repository: National Archives and Records Administration

Physicians Report on Newly Arrived Osage Students

Date: February 28, 1881

Richard Henry Pratt forwards the report of school physican C. H. Hepburn on the health of the newly arrived students from the Osage Nation. Pratt notes that the students are quite satisfactory with the exception that are too few girls.

Repository: National Archives and Records Administration

Proceedings of the Arapaho Council of Chiefs

Date: February 28, 1881

James Patten, a former U.S. Indian Agent, records the Arapaho Council of Chiefs meeting on the occasion of them sending their children to the Carlisle School. Chief Sharp Nose noted that he looked forward to be granted permission to visit his son at Carlisle a sentiment echoed by Chief Little Wolf. White Horse also indicated that he did not wish his son's hair to be cut but rather tied up. Each of the individuals present also gave a peace pipe to be given to individual in Washington D.C. with many noting that they wanted peace.

Repository: National Archives and Records Administration

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Pratt Forwards Faulkner's Request for Funds while Snow Bound

Date: March 4, 1881

Richard Henry Pratt informs the Office of Indian Affairs of a telegram he received from Dr. Faulkner in Prairie du Chien. Faulkner states that he is snow bound and requests funds.

Repository: National Archives and Records Administration

Topics: Finance, Travel

Authorization Sought for Sending Additional Osage Pupil

Date: March 7, 1881

L. J. Miles, the Indian Agent at the Osage Agency, seeks authorization to allow the expense of sending an additional pupil to Carlisle in his accounts.

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Physicians Report on Newly Arrived Students from the Shoshone Agency

Date: March 14, 1881

C. H. Hepburn, the Carlisle School Physican, reports on the general good health of the newly arrived students from the Shoshone Agency in the Wyoming Territory. He notes one student has scarring associated with scrofula but has no current enlarged lymph nodes and is presently healthy.

Repository: National Archives and Records Administration

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