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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 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 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 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

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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

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

Descriptive Statement of Pupils from Crow Agency, February 1883

Date: February 22-28, 1883

These materials include a cover letter and a Descriptive Statement of Pupils regarding 8 children transferred to the Carlisle Indian School from the Crow Agency in Montana. The Descriptive Statement indicates that two female children initially intended for transfer refused to go with the rest of the group.

Repository: National Archives and Records Administration

Letter from Henry Meyer to Unknown Recipient, February 24, 1883

Date: February 24, 1883

Representative Henry Meyer writes to an unknown recipient, possibly Marie, about recent occurrences in Harrisburg.  Included is a brief description of a visit of Carlisle Indian School students to the House of Representatives.  Meyer notes that "They are in U.S. uniform, and are intelligent looking.  There ages are from about 12 to 20 years.  I got nearly all if not all of them to write their names on a sheet of paper which you will find enclosed." Transcript included.

Repository: Dickinson College Archives & Special Collections

Topics: Field Trip

Letter from Richard H. Pratt to Cornelius R. Agnew, May 5, 1883

Date: May 5, 1883

Superintendent Richard Henry Pratt writes to Doctor Cornelius Rea Agnew that he has made arrangements for several students to work aboard the American Steam Ship Line bound for Europe.  Pratt also requests Agnew's attendence at the May 23rd board meeting, and discusses the printing of a trust. This letter is part of a series of related correspondence which can be found using the People tags. Transcript included.

Repository: Dickinson College Archives & Special Collections

Topics: Fundraising

Letter from Richard H. Pratt to Cornelius R. Agnew, May 11, 1883

Date: May 11, 1883

Superintendent Richard Henry Pratt writes to Doctor Cornelius Rea Agnew regarding the ongoing attempts of President Chester A. Arthur to secure funding for the school from Congress. Pratt also mentions a board meeting scheduled for the 22nd and 23rd of May, and the preparation of a trust. This letter is part of a series of related correspondence which can be found using the People tags. Transcript included.

Repository: Dickinson College Archives & Special Collections

Topics: Fundraising

Letter from Richard H. Pratt to Cornelius R. Agnew, May 15, 1883

Date: May 15, 1883

Superintendent Richard Henry Pratt writes to Doctor Cornelius Rea Agnew about the ucoming meeting of the Board of Trustees on the 23rd of May.  Pratt’s letter is written on a copy of the “Deed of Trust” for a parcel of land in Cumberland County, Pennsylvania that became part of the Carlisle Indian Industrial School property.  This letter is part of a series of related correspondence which can be found using the People tag.  Transcript included.

Repository: Dickinson College Archives & Special Collections

Descriptive Statement of Pupils from Crow Agency, November 1883

Date: November 13-23, 1883

These materials include a cover letter and a Descriptive Statement of Pupils regarding 11 children transferred to the Carlisle Indian School from the Crow Agency in Montana.

Repository: National Archives and Records Administration

Letter from Richard H. Pratt to Cornelius R. Agnew, December 11, 1883

Date: December 11, 1883

Superintendent Richard Henry Pratt writes to Doctor Cornelius Rea Agnew with an update on the school and the rising number of students. He also writes about his desire to find benefactors interested in creating a new Indian industrial school to accommodate more students. This letter is part of a series of related correspondence which can be found using the People tags.  Transcript included.

Repository: Dickinson College Archives & Special Collections

Letter from Richard H. Pratt to Cornelius R. Agnew, December 22, 1883

Date: December 22, 1883

Superintendent Richard Henry Pratt writes to Doctor Cornelius Rea Agnew thanking him for his "practical interest" in the school in regards to the arrival of two calves for the school farm. Pratt also mentions the illness of over sixty students to "a thorough seige of the mumps." This letter is part of a series of related correspondence which can be found using the People tags.  Transcript included.

Repository: Dickinson College Archives & Special Collections

Topics: Agriculture

Descriptive Statement of Pupils Transferred to Lincoln Institute, 1884

Date: January 9, 1884

These materials include a cover letter and Descriptive Statements of Pupils regarding 27 children transferred to the Lincoln Institute in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania from the Carlisle Indian School. Those children, from a variety of Nations, had previously been sent to Carlisle. 

Repository: National Archives and Records Administration

Letter from Richard H. Pratt to Cornelius R. Agnew, June 2, 1884

Date: June 2, 1884

Superintendent Richard Henry Pratt writes to Doctor Cornelius Rea Agnew discussing the Board of Trustees and the auditing of Pratt's account.  Pratt also mentions the potential visit of General George Crook.  This letter is part of a series of related correspondence which can be found using the People tags.  Transcript included.

Repository: Dickinson College Archives & Special Collections

Topics: Fundraising

Letter from Richard H. Pratt to Cornelius R. Agnew, June 9, 1884

Date: June 9, 1884

Superintendent Richard Henry Pratt writes to Doctor Cornelius Rea Agnew regarding their upcoming trip to the west and the visit of Mr. Blaine to Carlisle to lay the cornerstone for Bosler Hall. This letter is part of a series of correspondence which can be found using the People tags. Transcript included.

Repository: Dickinson College Archives & Special Collections

Letter from Richard H. Pratt to Cornelius R. Agnew, July 2, 1884

Date: July 2, 1884

Superintendent Richard Henry Pratt writes to Doctor Cornelius Rea Agnew regarding Agnew's nomination to an unnamed committee.  Pratt also discusses his ability to recruit more students thanks to the passing of the Indian Appropriations Bill.  This letter is part of a series of related correspondence which can be found using the People tags.  Transcript included.

Repository: Dickinson College Archives & Special Collections

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