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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 to Replace Gutters on Buildings

Date: July 13, 1882

Richard Henry Pratt requests to replace the gutters on older buildings to prevent further damage to the structures. Pratt outlines the cost of the tin to update the gutters as well as hiring an additional mechanic on the irregular rolls.

Repository: National Archives and Records Administration

Hampton Normal School Recruiting Married Omaha Couples

Date: July 19, 1882 - July 22, 1882

Samuel C. Armstrong writes that the Hampton Normal Institute is willing to educate three married Omaha couples along with three girls and one boy as government students if A. C. Fletcher is able to bring them with the Sioux delegation going to the Carlisle Indian School. Richard Henry Pratt notes that he would be willing to accept married couples as students only with the understanding that they would be placed on outing with local farmers.

Repository: National Archives and Records Administration

Man on the Cloud Requests Spring Wagon Promised to Him

Date: July 19, 1882

Man on the Cloud writes to Richard Henry Pratt regarding a promise that was made to the Cheyenne delegation about providing a spring wagon to each member. Man on the Cloud also makes reference to the returned Cheyenne students from Carlisle and changes happening locally.

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Reply to Office Letter Concerning Omaha Delegation in 1882

Date: July 26, 1882

Richard Henry Pratt replies to a letter from the Office of Indian Affairs concerning a delegation of Omaha students being brought east by A. C. Fletcher.

Repository: National Archives and Records Administration

Selection of Children from the Sitting Bull Band for Carlisle

Date: July 28, 1882

Robert Todd Lincoln, Secretary of War, acknowledges the letter from the Commissioner of Indian Affairs that A. C. Fletcher will select ten students from the Sitting Bull being held at Fort Randall with assistance from the Fort's Commanding Officer.

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Recommendation to Enroll Juana at Carlisle

Date: July 28, 1882

U.S. Indian Agent for the Kiowa Agency, P. B. Hunt, provides the circumstances of Juana, a member of the Navajo Nation, who was brought to the Kiowa Agency a year prior. Hunt recommends sending to her to Carlisle and then possibly placing her in a home in the east.

Repository: National Archives and Records Administration

Ralph Iron Eagle Feather Discusses Lack of Work at Rosebud

Date: July 28, 1882 - August 11, 1882

Ralph Iron Eagle Feather writes to Richard Henry Pratt discussing how there is now work for returned students at the Rosebud Agency. In Pratt's comments to the Commissioner of Indian Affairs he notes that the Agent at Pine Ridge has but all of the returned students to work and a similar initiative should be implemented at Rosebud.

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Recommendation to Enroll Navajo Girl at Kiowa Agency

Date: August 1, 1882

Richard Henry Pratt recommends accepting a proposal of U.S. Indian Agent Hunt at the Kiowa Agency of enrolling a Navajo girl at the Kiowa Agency separate from the Agencies allotment of students.

Repository: National Archives and Records Administration

Names of Students Brought to Carlisle by Townsend

Date: August 2, 1882

Complying with Indian Office orders, Richard Henry Pratt provides a list of students brought to the Carlisle Indian School by Special Agent E. B. Townsend for the fall of 1882. Students were from the Osage, Kaw, and Nez Perce Nations.

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Request from Alice C. Fletcher on Recruiting Sitting Bull Children

Date: August 3, 1882

Richard Henry Pratt informs the Commissioner of Indian Affairs that he has received a letter from Alice C. Fletcher that the military officer in charge of the Sitting Bull prisoners at Fort Randell does not have permission to turn children over to her to take to Carlisle. Fletcher also notes that Charlotte Four Horns is anxious to come to Carlisle.

Repository: National Archives and Records Administration

Expenses for Sending Five Navajo Students to Carlisle

Date: August 4, 1882

U.S. Indian Agent for the Navajo Indian Agency, Galen Eastman, reports that there are five students from the Agency who wish to attend the Carlisle Indian School due to recruiting from a Carlisle student. As a result Eastman requests authority to pay for various expenses related to having them enroll including transportation to Carlisle.

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Update on Outing System for Summer of 1882

Date: August 14, 1882

Richard Henry Pratt provides a report on the outing system for the Summer of 1882. Pratt notes that he placed 85 students in homes for the Summer and that he was able to secure transportation costs from patrons as well as a salary for the student. Pratt ends by requesting the ability to visit students who remain on outing over the fall.

Repository: National Archives and Records Administration

Topics: Outings

Pratt Claims Rights to Returning and Accepting Students

Date: August 16, 1882

Richard Henry Pratt claims he has the authority to accept and return students from the Secretary of the Interior.

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Anna Ely Request Help for Recruiting Pawnee Children

Date: August 18, 1882

Richard Henry Pratt forwards a request from Anna Ely to the Commissioner of Indian Affairs to instruct the Pawnee Agency to send Pawnee children to Carlisle.

Repository: National Archives and Records Administration

Request to Purchase Beds and Pillows

Date: August 18, 1882

Richard Henry Pratt notes that the school will have additional children than in previous years necessitating additional beds and pillows. In addition the previous bed stands are not as durable as hoped.

Repository: National Archives and Records Administration

Pueblo Agency Requests Authority to Send More Students to Carlisle

Date: August 18, 1882

Benjamin M. Thomas, U.S. Indian Agent for the Pueblo Indian Agency, requests information on sending a student from Cochiti to Carlisle in addition to sending more Pueblo students to Carlisle.

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Haworth Recommends Ten Pawnee Children Sent to Carlisle

Date: August 21, 1882

Inspector J. M. Haworth recommends that the Pawnee Agency send ten Pawnee students to Carlisle five of whom were to be girls.

Repository: National Archives and Records Administration

Funds Needed for Operation of the Carlisle Indian School

Date: August 23, 1882

Richard Henry Pratt provides an estimate for the cost of running the Carlisle Indian School including $225 per student per year in additional to $30,000 for various improvements to the School.

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Additional Students Brought by Ely

Date: August 24, 1882

Richard Henry Pratt notifies the Commissioner of Indian Affairs that the delegation brought back by Anna Ely is different then what was approved. Pratt notes that he has sent certain students to the Hampton Institute as previously approved and Ely has agreed to raise charitable funds for the additional students with the help of one of the girls.

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Interior Department Instructs Pratt to Not Travel West

Date: August 26, 1882 - September 1, 1882

Acting Secretary of the Interior, M. L. Joslyn, instructs the Commissioner of Indian Affairs to stop Richard Henry Pratt from traveling West as had written previously. Pratt had desired to go West in order to bring back Sioux students from various agencies as well as a group of Navajo students.

Repository: National Archives and Records Administration

Parents from Sitting Bull Band at Fort Randall Unwilling to Send Children to Carlisle

Date: August 27, 1882 - September 23, 1882

Correspondence regarding the enrollment of children from the Sitting Bull band of Sioux being held as prisoners at Fort Randall. The officer in charge of Fort Randall indicates that the parents of the eligible parents do not wish to see their children to be enrolled at Carlisle. Pratt notes that he would prefer to speak to these parents to convince them to willingly send them to Carlisle rather than force the students to attend as proposed by the commanding officer.

Repository: National Archives and Records Administration

Request to Return Albert Barnett and Henry Eagle Chief

Date: September 2, 1882

Richard Henry Pratt requests to return Albert Barnett and Henry Eagle Chief to their homes due to their ill health. Pratt notes that he can escort the students back to their homes if he is given permission to visit the Navajo Agency.

Repository: National Archives and Records Administration

Pratt Asks for Reconsideration of His Trip to Recruit Students

Date: September 11, 1882

Richard Henry Pratt requests the Commissioner of Indian Affairs reconsider its decision to not allow him personally to go select students at the Navajo and Sioux Agencies. Pratt believes that none of his employees have the requisite knowledge to successfully select students from the Agencies.

Repository: National Archives and Records Administration

Reference to Sending More Pueblo Students to Carlisle

Date: September 14, 1882

Benjamin M. Thomas, U.S. Indian Agent for the Pueblo Agency, refers the Commissioner of Indian Affairs to a prior letter to which he asks to send more students to the Carlisle Indian School especially a Cochiti student.

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Notice of Invitation to Pennsylvania Bi-Centennial Committee

Date: September 18, 1882

Richard Henry Pratt informs the Commissioner of Indian Affairs that the he and the Carlisle Indian School have been invited to attend and participate at the Bi-Centennial celebration in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on October 24, 1882. Pratt recommends accepting the invitation if the Bi-Centennial Association pays the costs.

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