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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 Permission for Emergency Trip to Washington

Date: March 3, 1880

Richard Henry Pratt writes to the Commissioner of Indian Affairs, stating that he is in Washington on an emergency trip to look after the best interests of the school. Pratt notes that the Congressional bill about the founding of the school is currently under debate, and requests permission to continue staying in Washington.

Repository: National Archives and Records Administration

Recommendations for Recruiter in Colorado and New Mexico

Date: March 6, 1880

Richard Henry Pratt recommends George LeR. Brown as a recruiter for the Carlisle Indian School among the agencies in Colorado and New Mexico. Pratt suggests that the assignment is difficult, and that Brown is the only person he trusts for the job.

Repository: National Archives and Records Administration

Request for Funds for Industrial Training

Date: March 8, 1880

Richard Henry Pratt requests funds to develop the industrial and mechanical training programs at the school. Specifically, Pratt hopes to establish a harness-making program and to expand the blacksmithing, wagon-making, carpentry, shoemaking, and tinsmithing departments. Pratt notes that this issue is already before the Secretary of the Interior, who just visited the school.

Repository: National Archives and Records Administration

Request to Sell Mules and Purchase Farm Horses

Date: March 8, 1880

Richard Henry Pratt requests permission to sell two old mules, transferred from the War Department, and to purchase two farm horses.

Repository: National Archives and Records Administration

Seed Purchase Request

Date: March 8, 1880

Richard Henry Pratt requests permission to purchase seeds on the open market.

Repository: National Archives and Records Administration

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Request to Purchase School Supplies on Open Market

Date: March 9, 1880

Richard Henry Pratt requests permission from the Commissioner of Indian Affairs to immediately purchase school supplies on the open market. Pratt notes that these supplies were not provided when requested from the Department, and that a recent increase in pupils necessitates their purchase.

Repository: National Archives and Records Administration

Suggestion to Build Heating Boiler

Date: March 12, 1880

Richard Henry Pratt suggests to the Commissioner of Indian Affairs that constructing a boiler for heating would be more efficient and less laborious for students. Pratt suggests that students could be paid as apprentices to construct the building, but that the high cost of the boiler itself may necessitate a special appropriation from Congress.

Repository: National Archives and Records Administration

Additional Coal Purchase for First Quarter 1880

Date: March 13, 1880

Richard Henry Pratt informs the Commissioner of Indian Affairs that the approved expenditure for coal for the first quarter of 1880 did not meet the school's needs. Pratt requests funds to purchase additional coal for the first quarter, and refers to a previous letter on the subject.

Repository: National Archives and Records Administration

Request for Additional Student Postage Allowance

Date: March 13, 1880

Richard Henry Pratt requests additional money for postage of student letters from the Commissioner of Indian Affairs. Pratt states that letter-writing increases student moral and supports the school's reputation among their families and tribes.

Repository: National Archives and Records Administration

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Request for Funds for Kitchen and Laundry Renovations

Date: March 13, 1880

Richard Henry Pratt requests funds for the renovation of the mess hall, kitchen, and laundry. Pratt notes that the school's increasing student population necessitates these renovations, and describes which buildings will be added and renovated.

Repository: National Archives and Records Administration

Request for Funds for Dormitory Furniture

Date: March 16, 1880

Based on a discussion with the Secretary of the Interior and the Acting Commissioner of Indian Affairs, Richard Henry Pratt requests funds for the purchase of 110 sets of dormitory furniture on the open market.

Repository: National Archives and Records Administration

Notice of Death of Henry Jones

Date: March 19, 1880

Dr. J. S. Bender notifies Richard Henry Pratt of the death of Henry Jones, a member of the Iowa Nation, due to advanced endocarditis. Dr. Bender notes that a post-mortem examination was performed alongside local physician Dr. J. R. Bixler. Pratt forwards this notice to the Commissioner of Indian Affairs.

Repository: National Archives and Records Administration

Copy of Descriptive Statement of Pupils from the Kiowa, Comanche, and Wichita Agency, 1880

Date: April 1, 1880 - June 21, 1883

Richard Henry Pratt provides a copy of the Description of Party brought to the Carlisle Indian School by A. J. Standing on April 1, 1880.

Repository: National Archives and Records Administration

Request to Enroll 40 Children from the Green Bay Agency

Date: November 8, 1880 - January 14, 1881

Richard Henry Pratt forwards a letter from the U. S. Indian Agent at the Green Bay Agency, E. Stephens, writes to Captain Pratt requesting to enroll forty students from his agency from three tribes: the Menominee, Oneida, and Stockbridge. Stephens writes that the progress of the two students already at Carlisle shows the benefits of the school including in its ability to teach the English language by bringing together different Nations. In Pratt's note to the Indian Commissioner notes that he would be glad to take as many students as the Department wishes to send due to the limitations of the current grounds he would struggle to have more than 300 students at one time.

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

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

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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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

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

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