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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 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

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

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

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

Urgent Request for Cold-Weather Clothing

Date: November 4, 1879

Richard Henry Pratt writes to Commissioner of Indian Affairs Ezra Hayt, requesting permission to spend $1000 on cold weather clothing for students. Pratt notes that supplies requested two months previous had not yet arrived, and that cold weather had set in at Carlisle.

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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Request for Fund Transfer for Supplies Purchases

Date: November 5, 1879

Richard Henry Pratt requests approved funds be transferred to his credit, so that supplies can be purchased.

Repository: National Archives and Records Administration

Notice of Arrival of Sioux and Menominee Students for Hampton Institute

Date: November 6, 1879

Telegram from Richard Henry Pratt noting the arrival of Sisseton, Standing Rock, and Cheyenne River Sioux children, Green Bay Menominee children, and Chief Little Noheart at Carlisle. Pratt requests whether these children should be sent to the Hampton Institute.

Repository: National Archives and Records Administration

Topics: Student Arrival

Retaining Sisseton Sioux and Menominee Students at Carlisle

Date: November 7, 1879

Richard Henry Pratt informs Commissioner of Indian Affairs Ezra Hayt that, at the request of Hampton Institute director General Samuel Armstrong, six Sisseton Sioux children and two Menominee boys from Green Bay, Wisconsin will be retained at Carlisle. Their addition increases the school's population to 158.

Repository: National Archives and Records Administration

Complaint Regarding Quality of Student Clothing

Date: November 7, 1879

Richard Henry Pratt writes to Commissioner of Indian Affairs Ezra Hayt regarding the quality of clothing provided to Carlisle Indian School students. Pratt complains that the partial order of clothing he received from the Bureau is not durable or warm enough, and leaves students uncomfortable and discontent. Pratt requests that he be provided with the funds to replace the garmants, and permission to purchase the clothing on the public market.

Repository: National Archives and Records Administration

Acknowledgement of Received Supplies

Date: November 12, 1879

Richard Henry Pratt acknowledges receipt of numerous boxes of clothing and other supplies, including and organ for the chapel.

Repository: National Archives and Records Administration

Report on First Party of Children Brought to the Carlisle Indian School

Date: November 13, 1879

Captain Richard Henry Pratt writes to Ezra H. Hayt, Commissioner of Indian Affairs, regarding the first group of Sioux, Ponca, Pawnee, Kiowa, Comanche, Wichita, Seminole, Cheyenne, and Arapahoe children and young adults brought to the Carlisle Indian School. Pratt offers a detailed description of the journey, and then lists each individual brought to the school, organized by agency. Also included is information on each individual's name, age, gender, band, father's name, and father's rank.

Repository: National Archives and Records Administration

Request to Enroll Seneca Student

Date: November 17, 1879

Richard Henry Pratt forwards to the Commissioner of Indian Affairs a letter, penned by James E. Rhodes of Germantown, Pennsylvania. Rhodes asks if the son of one of his Seneca friends, John Kennedy, might be allowed to enroll at Carlisle. Pratt notes that he is willing to accept the boy, if the Commissioner approves.

Repository: National Archives and Records Administration

Transfer of Menominee Boys from Carlisle to Hampton

Date: November 19, 1879

Richard Henry Pratt forwards to the Commissioner of Indian Affairs a letter, sent to General Samuel Armstrong of the Hampton Institute by Green Bay agent E. Stephens. Stephens requests that two students just sent to Carlisle, Joseph Wishecoppy and Moses Nonway, be sent to Hampton to join two other recently enrolled Menominee students, Charles Shamin and Michael Oshkenamew. Pratt approves the transfer, if the Commissioner also finds it favorable.

Repository: National Archives and Records Administration

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