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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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Personnel File of John Francis Jr., Superintendent

Date: July 27, 1900 - October 27, 1919

Personnel file of John Francis Jr., who served as Superintendent of the Carlisle Indian School from April 1, 1917 to July 2, 1918. The file includes information from Francis' previous positions within the Civil Service, including as Clerk in the Permanent Census Bureau, Clerk in the Office of the Secretary of the Department of the Interior, Clerk in the Office of the Assistant Attorney General, Law Clerk of the Department of the Interior, Chief Clerk of the Office of Indian Affairs, Chief of the Educational Division of the Office of Indian Affairs in the Department of the Interior, and Lieutenant for the 16th Battalion of the United States Guards National Army.

The file includes quarterly inspects, newspaper clippings, resignations, employment applications, and employment-related correspondence.

Repository: National Archives and Records Administration

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1901 Drexel Institute Commencement Program

Date: June 11, 1901

The 1901 Commencement program of Drexel Institute of Art, Science, and Industry (now Drexel University), located in Philadelphia, in which Albert H. Nash (graduated from Carlisle Indian School in 1897) is listed on the third page as having earned a diploma in the course in Commerce and Finance.

Repository: Drexel University Archives

Topics: Graduation

Personnel File of William A. Mercer, Superintendent

Date: February 25, 1903 - March 27, 1909

Personnel file of William A. Mercer, who served as the Superintendent of the Carlisle Indian School from July 1, 1904 to February 1, 1908. Before coming to Carlisle, Mercer was Captain of the Seventh United States Cavalry, and was also considered to become Superintendent of the Carlisle Indian School in 1903.

The file contains employment-related correspondence, special orders of the Department of War related to Mercer's appointment, and a letter of resignation from Mercer.

Repository: National Archives and Records Administration

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Construction Inspection Report of John Charles for March 1905

Date: March 11, 1905 - January 2, 1909

These materials include correspondence and a report regarding construction, buildings, and grounds at the Carlisle Indian School, performed in 1905 by John Charles. Medical Supervisor Dr. Joseph A. Murphy requested the report in 1908, and returned it to the Bureau office in 1909.

Repository: National Archives and Records Administration

Appointments for Assistant Laundress and Assistant Carpenter Positions

Date: July 13, 1907 - November 18, 1907

These materials include correspondence regarding the appointment of permanent employees for two open Assistant Laundress positions and one open Assistant Carpenter position.

Repository: National Archives and Records Administration

Appointment of Dora S. Lecrone as Teacher

Date: August 20-22, 1907

These materials include correspondence regarding the appointment of Dora S. Lecrone as a Teacher at the Carlisle Indian School and the possible reinstatement of Barbara S. McHargue in that same position.

Repository: National Archives and Records Administration

Acceptance of Appointment of Dora S. Lecrone as Teacher

Date: August 21-23, 1907

These materials include correspondence regarding Dora S. Lecrone's acceptance of her appointment as teacher at the Carlisle Indian School.

Repository: National Archives and Records Administration

Request for Enrollment of Thomas Foster

Date: August 23, 1907 - September 4, 1907

This document contains correspondence concerning a request to enroll Thomas Foster, from Alaska, at the Carlisle Indian School. Foster's enrollment was approved on the condition that his family pay for his transportation to and from the school. Foster's brother John, who worked for the Pennsylvania and Reading Rail Road, made transportation arrangements.

Repository: National Archives and Records Administration

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Request for Return Home of John Waterman

Date: August 27, 1907- October 9, 1907

This document contains correspondence concerning the return home of John Waterman. 

Repository: National Archives and Records Administration

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Rumor of Closure of Carlisle Indian School

Date: August 28, 1907

This letter contains a question from Redfield Proctor, a Senator from Vermont, to Commissioner of Indian Affairs James R. Garfield asking about the validity of a rumor that the Carlisle Indian School will be closed.

Repository: National Archives and Records Administration

Transfer of Students from Fort Lapwai to Carlisle

Date: August 29, 1907 - September 17, 1907

These materials include correspondence regarding the transfer of twenty-five students from the Fort Lapwai Training School to the Carlisle Indian School.

Repository: National Archives and Records Administration

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Correspondence About Lyman Madison's Citizenship and the Discontinuance of the Carlisle Indian School

Date: August 30, 1907 - March 12, 1918

This material includes correspondence concerning the senate deferral towards the discontinuation of the Carlisle Indian School, as well as a letter from graduate Lyman Madison inquiring about his citizenship. 

A note in the file suggests that one of these records was incorrectly filed with the other.

Repository: National Archives and Records Administration

Reimbursement for Lost Articles for the Jamestown Exposition

Date: September 4-13, 1907

These materials include correspondence regarding a refund for articles lost during transit from the Jamestown Exposition to the Carlisle Indian School. The articles were owned by Carlisle and the government, and so the reimbusement was issued to the school's credit.

Repository: National Archives and Records Administration

Topics: Exhibits

Appointment of William Stimpel as Disciplinarian

Date: September 6, 1907 - December 19, 1907

These materials include correspondence, legal documents, and an Executive Order regarding the appointment of William Stimpel as Disciplinarian for the Large Boys Quarters of the Carlisle Indian School. The position had been temporarily filled by numerous teachers and recent graduates without satisfaction, so Stimple was requested by Superintendent William A. Mercer after a call to Army regiment commanders for an experienced former non-commissioned officer. An Executive Order from President Theodore Roosevelt and special military discharge instructions were required for Stimple's appointment.

Note: The surnames Stimple, Stemple, Stimpel, and Stempel are used interchangably, and it is not clear which is correct.

Repository: National Archives and Records Administration

Request for Return Home of Nicodemus Billy

Date: September 6-19, 1907

This document contains correspondence concerning the return home of Nicodemus Billy. 

Repository: National Archives and Records Administration

Topics: Discipline

Over-18 Enrollment Policies and Philomena Badger

Date: September 9, 1907 - March 25, 1908

These materials include correspondence regarding the re-enrollment of Philomena Badger. Badger's re-enrollment was the cause of clarification on the enrollment policy of pupils over the age of 18. Philomena re-enrolled at Carlisle when she was 18 years old, against the wishes of her guardian; the Commissioner of Indian Affairs decided that adult students could overrule their parents' and guardians' desires regarding enrollment.

Repository: National Archives and Records Administration

Appointment of Clara M. Ellis as Temporary Teacher

Date: September 13-19, 1907

These materials include correspondence regarding a teacher vacancy at the Carlisle Indian School. The position was filled temporarily by recent Carlisle graduate Edith Bartlett, until the application of Clara M. Ellis was received. Ellis, the daughter of the former Chief Clerk of the Office of Indian Affairs, was offered the position at Carlisle, but accepted a clerical position at the Washington office instead.

Repository: National Archives and Records Administration

Complaint Made by Robert Charboneau

Date: September 17, 1907 - January 1, 1908

These materials include correspondence and government documents regarding a complaint by Robert Charboneau that his daughter, Frances Charboneau, was taken to the Carlisle Indian School without his consent. Frances was returned to her home in Fort Totten, North Dakota after an inquiry into her enrollment showed that Robert Charboneau did not sign the application for enrollment.

The Commissioner of Indian Affairs directed that in the future, the recruitment of students should be left to school employees rather than students, so as to avoid shortcuts in the regulations guiding the admission process.

Repository: National Archives and Records Administration

Complaint of Two Moons

Date: September 19, 1907- October 31, 1907

This document contains correspondence concerning a complaint made from Two Moons stating that his son was taken to the Carlisle School without his consent. This also includes a list of additional students who were taken to the school without parental consent. 

Two Moons also complains that his son, George Two Moons, was ill and died shortly after arriving home.

Repository: National Archives and Records Administration

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Request by Joseph Mills to Enroll at Riverside Indian School

Date: September 20, 1907 - October 3, 1907

These materials include correspondence regarding a request by Joseph Mills to enroll at the Riverside Indian School in California after returning from Carlisle. The request was denied on account of Mills' health and a desire to have students remain at one Government School for the entirety of their academic training.

Repository: National Archives and Records Administration

Appointment of Elsie Valley as Laundress at Kaw Indian School

Date: September 21, 1907 - October 9, 1907

These materials include correspondence regarding Carlisle student Elsie Valley's desire for employment as a laundress or assistant laundress in the Indian Service. She was appointed as Laundress at the Kaw Indian School of Oklahoma.

Repository: National Archives and Records Administration

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Request for Exam Waiver for Disciplinarian Vacancy

Date: September 24, 1907

These materials include correspondence confirming receipt of a request by the Commissioner of Indian Affairs to the Commissioner of the Civil Service Commission to waive the examination requirement for the vacancy of disciplinarian at the Carlisle Indian School.

Repository: National Archives and Records Administration

Returned and Lost Articles for Jamestown Exposition

Date: October 5, 1907 - March 6, 1908

These materials include correspondence and a list of articles returned and lost from the Jamestown Exposition. The correspondence includes recognition of a reimbursement check from the Jamestown Ter-Centennial Exposition Commission for lost articles, and notice that another shipment of articles was forthcoming.

Repository: National Archives and Records Administration

Topics: Exhibits

Request for Return Home of Old Town Reservation Student

Date: October 8-19, 1907

These materials include correspondence regarding the return of a student from the Old Town Indian Reservation in Maine. Carlisle's superintendent initially denied the request, before the Office of Indian Affairs determined that the school should not focus on educating students who were not under the care of the Office.

Repository: National Archives and Records Administration

Appointment of William H. H. Austin as Assistant Carpenter

Date: October 8, 1907

These materials include a letter from Superintendent William A. Mercer informing the Commissioner of Indian Affairs that William H. H. Austin, appointed as assistant carpenter at Carlisle, was expected to arrive within two weeks.

Repository: National Archives and Records Administration

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