Documents

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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Confiscated Postcards Sent to Carlisle Students

Date: November 21, 1913 - February 20, 1914

These materials include postcards sent to female students attending the Carlisle Indian School. These postcards were confiscated by school officials who believed that their subject matter was inappropriate for their recipients. The confiscation was done "in accordance with Section 156 of the Rules for the Indian Service." The confiscated cards were subsequently forwarded along to the office of the Commissioner of Indian Affairs.

Sent by family and friends, most of the postcards are mass-produced illustrations, and included are many souvenirs from specific places. Their suggestive themes were common during the period and were popular among young adults. 

Repository: National Archives and Records Administration

Request for Return Home of Paul Jones

Date: November 22, 1913 - December 10, 1913

These materials contain correspondence regarding a request to return Paul Jones to his home in Pendleton, Oregon from Carlisle.

Repository: National Archives and Records Administration

Topics: Discipline

Return Home of Ethel Williams

Date: November 22, 1913 - December 13, 1913

These materials contain correspondence regarding the return home of Ethel Williams.

Repository: National Archives and Records Administration

Topics: Discipline

Correspondence Regarding Morris Huff

Date: November 29, 1913 - March 4, 1914

These materials include correspondence regarding a disagreement between Morris Huff and Carlisle's outing authorities regarding his enrollment status at the school. Huff was living with his outing family while no longer a student, and the school objected this arrangement and sought to have Huff reenroll.

Repository: National Archives and Records Administration

Topics: Outings

Brief of Charges and Answers Against Superintendent Moses Friedman

Date: December 1, 1913 - May 1, 1914

These materials include legal documents and correspondence regarding charges filed against Superintendent Moses Friedman after an inspection and investigation of the Carlisle Indian School. Included in the documents are the official charges against Friedman, his answers to those charges, correspondence regarding the charges, and the recommendation to have the case tried by a Congressional joint committee.

These records cover both the lead-up to and the follow-up from the 1914 Congressional Investigation hearings. They are presented at the National Archives in an approximately reverse chronological order from their date of creation, as reflected here.

Repository: National Archives and Records Administration

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