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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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Notice of Appearance Before House Committee on Indian Affairs

Date: January 23, 1880

Richard Henry Pratt requests an order to travel to Washington from Commissioner of Indian Affairs Ezra Hayt. Pratt notes that he was requested to appear before the House Committee on Indian Affairs.

Repository: National Archives and Records Administration

First Copy of School Newspaper and Report of School Progress

Date: January 27, 1880

Richard Henry Pratt forwards to Commissioner of Indian Affairs Ezra Hayt a copy of the first issue of Eadle Keatah Toh, the first newspaper published at the Carlisle Indian School. Pratt notes that charitable giving will fund the purchase of a better printing press, and discusses other topics including student health and behavior, uniforms, recruiting efforts, and the possible purchase of farmland.

The newspaper enclosed in this letter is included in this document, and is also posted in the Publications section of the website.

Repository: National Archives and Records Administration

Report for the Month of January 1880

Date: January 31, 1880

Two duplicate copies of the monthly report for January, 1880, submitted by the Carlisle Indian Training School to the Bureau of Indian Affairs. The report includes a list of employees, a count of students by Nation/Tribe, descriptions of the educational program, and Superintendent Richard Henry Pratt's remarks about developments and events at the school over the month.

Repository: National Archives and Records Administration

Format: Reports

Request for Funds Settling Debts for Fourth Quarter 1879

Date: February 10, 1880

Richard Henry Pratt requests an immediate transfer of funds to cover debts from the fourth quarter of 1879.

Repository: National Archives and Records Administration

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Forwarded Cash and Property Accounts for Fourth Quarter 1879

Date: February 16, 1880

Richard Henry Pratt forwards his cash and property accounts for the fourth quarter of 1879 to Acting Commissioner of Indian Affairs Edwin J. Brooks.

Repository: National Archives and Records Administration

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Receipt for Spring Wagon

Date: February 16, 1880

Richard Henry Pratt acknowledges receipt of a spring wagon from Toledo, Ohio.

Repository: National Archives and Records Administration

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Return of Medical Property and Transfer of Hospital Supplies for Fourth Quarter 1879

Date: February 18, 1880

Richard Henry Pratt submits his return of medical property and transfer of hospital supplies for the fourth quarter of 1879. 

Repository: National Archives and Records Administration

Description of the Grounds, Buildings, Industries and Aims of the Carlisle Indian Training School

Date: February 23, 1880

Richard Henry Pratt reports on the buildings, grounds, industrial curriculum, and overall aims of the Carlisle Indian Training School. The report includes descriptions of building sizes and purposes, industrial capabilities, and the efforts then underway to establish Congressional approval for the school's continuation. Also included are numerous pictures of buildings; these images are among the earliest photographs of the campus as it appeared when the school first opened. A transcription of the handwritten letter is included.

Repository: National Archives and Records Administration

Format: Photographs, Reports

Travel Request for Alfred John Standing to Comanche Agency

Date: February 23, 1880

Richard Henry Pratt telegrams the Commissioner of Indian Affairs asking for permission to send Alfred John Standing to the Comanche Agency to recruit students. Pratt also asks if the former Florida prisoners can be sent back.

Repository: National Archives and Records Administration

Richard H. Pratt Recommendations for School Enrollment Rules

Date: February 24, 1880

Richard Henry Pratt writes to the Commissioner of Indian Affairs regarding a desire by the Secretary of the Interior to increase enrollment at Carlisle. Pratt suggests that a number of new rules be adopted regarding students' ages, gender ratio, and health. Pratt also suggests that the children of chiefs and headmen be preferred, to ensure good behavior among parents.

Repository: National Archives and Records Administration

Submitting Property and Supplies Invoices for Transfer of Carlisle Barracks

Date: February 25, 1880

Richard Henry Pratt submits invoices regarding the transfer of property and supplies at the Carlisle Barracks to the Department of the Interior. Pratt notes that these files were overlooked when others were transferred previously.

Repository: National Archives and Records Administration

Second Travel Request for Alfred John Standing to Comanche Agency

Date: February 25, 1880

Richard Henry Pratt requests a quick reply to his telegram of February 23, requesting permission to send Alfred John Standing to the Comanche Agency to recruit students.

Repository: National Archives and Records Administration

Notice of Arrival of Iowa and Sac & Fox Students

Date: February 27, 1880

Richard Henry Pratt telegrams Acting Commissioner of Indian Affairs Edwin J. Brooks, informing him that a group of Iowa and Sac & Fox children arrived safely and will be held as directed.

Repository: National Archives and Records Administration

Topics: Student Arrival

Alfred J. Standing Recruitment In Kiowa and Comanche Agency

Date: February 27, 1880

Richard Henry Pratt suggests to the Commissioner of Indian Affairs that Alfred J. Standing's experience and reputation at the Kiowa and Comanche Agency will help him select suitable students there. Pratt also suggests that this recruitment should be done according to his recent suggests regarding enrollment.

Repository: National Archives and Records Administration

Transfer of Medicine from Carlisle Barracks

Date: February 28, 1880

Richard Henry Pratt informs the Commissioner of Indian Affairs that medicine transferred from the War Department is not needed at Carlisle, as his homeopathic physician will supply his own. Pratt suggests that the medicines be sent elsewhere.

Repository: National Archives and Records Administration

Request to Detail George LeR. Brown to Carlisle

Date: March 2, 1880

Richard Henry Pratt writes to the Commissioner of Indian Affairs, requesting that he petition the War Department to detail George LeR. Brown to service at the Carlisle Indian School. Pratt states that Brown had served at Carlisle during his leave of absense from the Army, and that Brown showed potential in helping efficiently manage the school.

Repository: National Archives and Records Administration

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

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 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

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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