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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 Instructions Regarding Donations

Date: October 11, 1879

Richard Henry Pratt writes to Commissioner of Indian Affairs Ezra Hayt for instructions on how to process donations received for the Carlisle Indian School. Pratt notes that he received a donation for the continued education of a former prisoner-of-war held at Fort Marion in St. Augustine, Florida. He requests specific instructions on how or whether these and other donated funds should be deposited in the government's Civilization Fund.

Repository: National Archives and Records Administration

Westward Travel Plans for General Armstrong

Date: October 11, 1879

Richard Henry Pratt forwards to Commissioner of Indian Affiars Ezra Hayt a telegram sent by General Samuel Armstrong of the Hampton Institute. Armstrong telegrams Pratt asking whether he is needed for a westward recruitment trip, and Pratt forwards the telegram to the Commissioner for consultation.

Repository: National Archives and Records Administration

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

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

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