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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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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 is needed for a westward recruitment trip, 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

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

Arrival of Alfred Standing's Party in Wichita, Kansas

Date: October 24, 1879

Telegram from Richard Henry Pratt to Commissioner of Indian Affairs Hayt noting that Alfred Standing has met up with him in Wichita, escorting Pawnee, Ponca, and Nez Perce students. Pratt notes that he is investigating the possibility of using wagons to transport the pupils to the Lawrence and Gulf railroad line, as he cannot secure enough tickets on his own in Wichita. Pratt also notes that the Osage did not send enough students in their party.

Repository: National Archives and Records Administration

Notice of Incomplete Transportation Plans from Wichita, Kansas

Date: October 24, 1879

Telegram from Richard Henry Pratt to the Commissioner of Indian Affairs, relaying a message from ticket agent W. F. White in Wichita, Kansas that he is unable to arrange the transportation plans requested by the Commissioner. Alternative transportation plans are suggested.

Repository: National Archives and Records Administration

Request for Clarification of Transportation Plans from Wichita, Kansas

Date: October 24, 1879

Telegram from Richard Henry Pratt to the Commissioner of Indian Affairs, asking whether the party of pupils should be transported via the Northern Pacific Railroad line as initially planned, or the St. Louis and Northern Railroad line as received.

Repository: National Archives and Records Administration

Recruitment of Female Students from the Indian Territory for Hampton

Date: October 27, 1879

Hampton Institute Principal Samuel C. Armstrong informs Secretary of the Interior Carl Schurz that he received a telegraph from Captain Richard H. Pratt, who is currently in the Indian Territory. Pratt stated that there are many Indian girls in the Indian Territory who would be great students at Hampton. Armstrong states that, though he would rather have Dakota girls, it would be better to have new female students from the Indian Territory than none at all.

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

Application for Employment from Edward Bloeden

Date: October 27 - November 9, 1879

Edward Bloeden writes to Commissioner of Indian Affairs E. A. Hayt to request employment at the Carlisle Indian School. He specifically refers to being a "steward" of 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

Notice of Arrival of Group of Students from Wichita, Kansas

Date: October 28, 1879

Richard Henry Pratt writes to Commissioner of Indian Affairs Ezra Hayt, informing him that his party of recruited students, met and delayed in Wichita, Kansas, safely arrived in Carlisle the previous evening.

Repository: National Archives and Records Administration

Request to Continue Using Army Ration for Indian Pupils

Date: October 28, 1879

Superintendent Richard Henry Pratt writes to Commissioner of Indian Affairs Ezra Hayt regarding Circular No. 33, regarding rations for Indian pupils. Pratt suggests that this ration rate is insufficient given Carlisle's current nascent state, and requests permission to continue using the Army's rationing tables instead.

Repository: National Archives and Records Administration

Change of Orders for Richard Henry Pratt and Student Supplies Issues

Date: October 28, 1879

Letter from Richard Henry Pratt to Commissioner of Indian Affairs Ezra Hayt, acknowledging receipt of change orders allowing Pratt to remain in the East at the Carlisle Indian School. Pratt also apologizes for troubles during his recent trip to Wichita, and suggests that better planning be made for subsequent recruitment trips. Student discontent of lack of supplies is discussed, and a postscript notes that a dozen Cheyenne girls at their agency are ready to be transported to the Hampton Institute.

Repository: National Archives and Records Administration

Telegram Requesting Trip to Washington

Date: October 29, 1879

Telegram from Richard Henry Pratt asking the Commissioner of Indian Affairs for permission to travel to Washington the subsequent day.

Repository: National Archives and Records Administration

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Request for Dormitory Furniture

Date: October 31, 1879

Richard Henry Pratt writes to Commissioner of Indian Affairs Ezra A. Hayt requesting authority to purchase dormitory furniture immediately needed at the Carlisle Indian School.

Repository: National Archives and Records Administration

Request for Cooking Range

Date: October 31, 1879

Richard Henry Pratt requests that a cooking range with a 300-person capacity be supplied to the Carlisle Indian School.

Repository: National Archives and Records Administration

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Request for Student Personal Supplies

Date: October 31, 1879

Richard Henry Pratt writes to Commissioner of Indian Affairs Ezra A. Hayt requesting authority to purchase personal supplies for students, including clothing and tolietries for both males and females.

Repository: National Archives and Records Administration

Special Estimate of Indian Supplies, Fourth Quarter 1879

Date: November 1, 1879

During the fourth quarter of 1879, Richard H. Pratt submits a "Special" Estimate of Indian Supplies form amounting to $24.99 for postage stamps to allow students to write to their family and friends. An explanatory cover letter is included.

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 Fund Transfer for Salaries and Debts

Date: November 4, 1879

Richard Henry Pratt writes to Commissioner of Indian Affairs Ezra Hayt, requesting $4000 be transferred to his credit for the purposes of settling debts and paying owed salaries. A note in the file suggests that the Commissioner had a total of $7000 transferred into Pratt's account.

Repository: National Archives and Records Administration

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