Document Collection

The Documents section of the website 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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1897 Commencement Program

Date: March 11, 1897

The commencement program for the Eighteenth Anniversary and Ninth Graduating Exercises of the Indian Industrial School at Carlisle, Pennsylvania.  The program includes a schedule of events as well as a photograph of the graduating class of 1897.

Repository: Dickinson College Archives & Special Collections

Topics: Graduation

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1898 Commencement Invitation and Brief Program

Date: March 1-3, 1898

An invitation for a Professor Heckman, probably Edgar Rohrer Heckman of Dickinson Preparatory School, to attend the 1898 commencement ceremony. It was the Nineteenth Anniversary and the Tenth Graduating Exercises of the school. The first page is an invitation, and the reverse features the program for the three-day event, March 1st to 3rd, 1898.

Repository: Dickinson College Archives & Special Collections

Topics: Graduation

Poster for Mary Kolbe the Elocutionist, circa 1900

Date: circa 1900

This poster advertises the performance of Mary Kolbe, "the little nine year old elocutionist," who was assisted by the Carlisle Indian School Band.  The event was held at Bosler Hall at Dickinson College. Transcript included.

Repository: Dickinson College Archives & Special Collections

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Quotation Cards, undated

Date: Unknown

These eight notecards were printed by the students of the Carlisle Indian School at some unknown time.  They contain moral sayings or prayers, come in different sizes and colors, and may not have been printed at the same time.

Repository: Dickinson College Archives & Special 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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