Image Collection

The Image Collection features photographs, postcards, and different types of artwork, as well as reproductions of images that appeared in newspapers, magazines, and other publications. These images all reflect the Carlisle Indian School students, facilities, and staff. Images available here are drawn from files housed at the U. S. National Archives, from collections of Carlisle Indian School materials housed at various archival repositories, and from a variety of published sources. Visitors to this website are also invited to share copies of photographs from their own personal and family collections; please contact us if you have images you would like to contribute.

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Adam McCarty #1, c.1882

Glass plate negative image of Adam McCarty, a member of the Modoc Nation.

The caption reads: Adam McCarty

Format: Glass Plate Negative

Repository: Dickinson College Archives & Special Collections

Michael Burns, c.1882

Studio portrait of Michael Burns wearing non-native clothing. 

Format: Photographic Print, B&W

Repository: Cumberland County Historical Society

Adam McCarty #2, c.1882

Glass plate negative image of Adam McCarty, a member of the Modoc Nation.

The caption reads: Adam McCarthy

Format: Glass Plate Negative

Repository: Dickinson College Archives & Special Collections

Louis Big Horse, c.1882

Studio portrait of Louis Bighorse wearing non-native clothes. 

Format: Photographic Print, B&W

Repository: Cumberland County Historical Society

George Baker, c.1882 [version 2]

Studio portrait of Geoge Baker wearing school uniform. 

Format: Photographic Print, B&W

Repository: Cumberland County Historical Society

Etadleuh Doanmoe, c.1882

The printed caption reads: ETADLEUH DOANMOE, KIOWA. Taken prisoner in 1875 and sent to Ft. Marion, Fla.; was released in /1878; spent one year at Hampton Institute, Va.; entered Carlisle 1879. In 1882 married Tone-adle-mah, an educated girl of his own tribe, and reentered to the Indian Territory. Served as Helper in the School an Interpreter. In 1888 was appointed by the Presbyterian Board as a missionary among the Kiowas, but died soon after, having lived an exemplary life and exerted a good influence ence among his associates.

Format: Photographic Print, B&W

Repository: National Archives and Records Administration

George Baker, c.1882 [version 1]

Studio portrait of George Baker wearing school uniform. 

Format: Glass Plate Negative

Repository: National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution

Etadleuh Doanmoe, c.1882

Glass plate negative image of Etadleuh Doanmoe, a member of the Kiowa Nation.

The caption reads: Etahdleuh

Format: Glass Plate Negative

Repository: Dickinson College Archives & Special Collections

Tom Torlino, 1882 [before]

The handwritten note on the reverse side reads: Tom Torlino, Navajoe.

This iconic image of Tom Torlino coming to Carlisle in 1882 was taken by John N. Choate of Carlisle, PA.  It is often used in before-and-after photographs of Torlino to demonstrate assimilation.

Format: Photographic Print, B&W

Repository: National Archives and Records Administration

Baptiste and Louis Bayhylle, c.1882 [version2]

Studio portrait of Baptiste Bayhylle and his son Louis Bayhylle. Baptiste is wearing non-native clothes and Louis is in a school uniform.

Format: Photographic Print, B&W

Repository: Cumberland County Historical Society

Ernie Black, c.1882

Studio portrait of Ernie Black wearing non-native clothing. 

Format: Photographic Print, B&W

Repository: Cumberland County Historical Society

Baptiste and Louis Bayhylle, c.1882 [version 1]

Studio portarit of Baptiste Bayhylle and his son, Louis Bayhylle. Baptiste is wearing non-native clothes and Louis is wearing a school uniform. There apperas to be an illegible caption written along the top of the image. 

Format: Glass Plate Negative

Repository: National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution

Tom Torlino, 1882 and 1885

This caption reads: TOM TORLINO – NAVAJO. AS HE ENTERED THE SCHOOL IN 1882. AS HE APPEARED THREE YEARS LATER.

This image appears in John N. Choate's Souvenir of the Carlisle Indian School (Carlisle, PA: J. N. Choate, 1902).

Format: Photograph, Reproduction

Repository: Dickinson College Archives & Special Collections

Richard H. Pratt with 12 Navajo students, 1882

This image shows Richard Henry Pratt (seated on the bandstand) with a group of Navajo students upon their arrival at Carlisle on October 21, 1882. Based on enrollment information and a few other photographs of the individuals pictured, we believe the students are as follows:

Seated, left to right - Tom Torlino, George Williams, Stailey Norcross, Antoinette Williams, Charles Damon. Standing, left to right - Manuelito Chiquito, Manuelito Choni, Charlie, John Bitzclay, Francisco, Saahtlie (George Watchman), Benjamin Damon.

Format: Photographic Print, B&W

Repository: Dickinson College Archives & Special Collections

Chauncey Yellow Robe, Henry Standing Bear, and Wounded Yellow Robe, 1883 and 1886

The caption reads: WOUNDED YELLOW ROBE. HENRY STANDING BEAR. CHAUNCY YELLOW ROBE.

SIOUX BOYS AS THEY ENTERED THE SCHOOL IN 1883. THREE YEARS LATER.

This image appears in John N. Choate's Souvenir of the Carlisle Indian School (Carlisle, PA: J. N. Choate, 1902).

Format: Photograph, Reproduction

Repository: Dickinson College Archives & Special Collections

Phillips Bob Tail, c.1883

Studio portrait of Phillips Bob Tail wearing non-native clothing. A handwritten caption written along the side of the image probably reads: Philips Bobtail

Format: Glass Plate Negative

Repository: National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution

Rose White Thunder, c.1883 [after]

The handwritten note on the reverse side reads: Rose White Thunder. Sioux.

Format: Photographic Print, B&W

Repository: Dickinson College Archives & Special Collections

Susie Martinez holds a doll

The handwritten note on the reverse side reads: Susie Martinez & Doll. Delaware.

Format: Photographic Print, B&W

Repository: Dickinson College Archives & Special Collections

Martha Bordeaux, c.1883

Studio portrait of Martha Bordeaux wearing non-native clothes. 

Format: Photographic Print, B&W

Repository: Cumberland County Historical Society

Elizabeth Black Moon, c.1883

Studio portrait of Elizabeth Black Moon probably wearing school uniform. 

Format: Photographic Print, B&W

Repository: Cumberland County Historical Society

Chauncey Yellow Robe, #1, 1883 [before]

Chauncey Yellow Robe as he entered the school in 1883.

Format: Photographic Print, B&W

Repository: National Archives and Records Administration

Chauncey Yellow Robe, #2, 1883 [before]

The handwritten note on the reverse side reads: Chancey Yellow Robe Sioux Indian when started to school.

Format: Photographic Print, B&W

Repository: Dickinson College Archives & Special Collections

Kent Blackbear, c.1883

Studio portrait of Kent Black Bear wearing non-native clothing. 

Format: Photographic Print, B&W

Repository: Cumberland County Historical Society

Rose White Thunder, c.1883 [before]

This caption reads: ROSE WHITE THUNDER. DAUGHTER OF A SIOUX CHIEF, WHITE THUNDER, IN ELK TOOTH DRESS – AT CARLISLE ’83-’87.

This image appears in John N. Choate's Souvenir of the Carlisle Indian School (Carlisle, PA: J. N. Choate, 1902).

Format: Photograph, Reproduction

Repository: Dickinson College Archives & Special Collections

Group of 11 Navajo students, 1883

The handwritten note reads: Students at Government School at Carlisle, Pa.

Based on enrollment information and a few other photographs of the individuals pictured, we believe the students are as follows:

Younger boys seated in front, left to right - Charles Damon, George Williams. Seated, left to right - Manuelito Choni, Charlie, Tom Torlino, Manuelito Chiquito, Antoinette Williams. Standing, left to right - Saahtlie (George Watchman), Benjamin Damon, Francisco, Stailey Norcross.

This same group of Navajo students appear in a photograph with Richard Henry Pratt upon their arrival at the school on October 21, 1882. See the "Richard H. Pratt with 12 students, 1882" link below. 

We believe the photo dates from the spring or early summer of 1883 since there are only 10 men pictured here, although 11 arrived together. (Antoinette Williams arrived a year earlier.) John Bitzclay died in March of 1883, and 3 of the others left Carlisle in July and August of 1883 due to poor health.

Format: Photographic Print, B&W

Repository: Dickinson College Archives & Special Collections

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