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.

Search Images

Browse Images

Displaying 176 - 200 of 1197 images
Persis Big Hair, 1888

Studio portrait of Persis Big Hair wearing a school uniform. Handwritten caption along the side of the image probably reads: Persis Big Hair, February 1888. 

Format: Glass Plate Negative

Repository: National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution

Studio portrait of Meta Atsye in school uniform. 

A handwritten caption along the side of the image probably reads: Meta Atsye, Feburary 1888

Format: Glass Plate Negative

Repository: National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution

Kate Irvine Kinghune and Eunice Suison, 1888

The handwritten note reads: Kate Irvine Kinghune and Eunice Suison

The infants in this image are also known as Katie Kinzhuna and Eunice Suison, respectively. This image is believed to have been taken in February, 1888.

This photograph originally appeared in an album that E. A. Seabrook, a teacher at the Carlisle Indian Industrial School, received from his students on December 25, 1886.

Format: Photographic Print, B&W

Repository: Dickinson College Archives & Special Collections

Fanny Bird, c.1889

Studio portrait of Fanny Bird wearing school uniform. 

Format: Photographic Print, B&W

Repository: Cumberland County Historical Society

Edwin Schanandore, c.1889

The top printed notes read: EDWIN SCHANANDORE, ONEIDA. Entered Carlisle 1885    Is Employed as BAKER and BAND LEADER.

The bottom printed notes read: Graduated Class 1889.   At Cherokee School North Carolina.

Format: Photographic Print, B&W

Repository: National Archives and Records Administration

Hector Cat and four unidentifed young men, c.1889

Studio portrait of Hector Cat with four unidentified young men. Three of them wear school uniforms, two are wearing non-native clothing. 

Format: Glass Plate Negative

Repository: National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution

Hiram Bailey, c.1889

Studio portrait of Hiram Bailey dressed in school uniform. Handwritten caption along the side of the image probably reads: Hiram Bailey

Format: Glass Plate Negative

Repository: National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution

The First Graduating Class in 1889

The caption reads: THE FIRST CLASS OF GRADUATES.

The printed note reads: Frank Dorian (Iowa). Wm. F. Campbell (Chippewa). Thomas Wistar (Ottawa). Kish Hawkins (Cheyenne). Joel Tyndall (Omaha). Edwin Schanandore (Oneida). Jos. B. Harris (Gros Ventre). Eva Johnson (Wyandotte). Lilly Cornelius (Oneida). Julia Powlas (Oneida). Esther Miller (Miami). Clara Farber (Wyandotte). Katie Grindrod (Wyandotte). Cecilia Londrosh (Winnebago).

This image appears in United States Indian School Carlisle, Penna (Carlisle, PA: The School, [1895?]), 16.

Format: Photograph, Reproduction

Repository: Dickinson College Archives & Special Collections

William and Angelina Baird, c.1889

Studio portrait of William Baird and Angelina Baird dressed in non-native clothes. Handwritten along the side of the image is probably: Angelina and William Baird

Format: Glass Plate Negative

Repository: National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution

Joshua Asher and Louis Bedell, c.1889

Studio portrait of Joshua Asher and Louis Bedell. A handwritten caption along the side of the image probably reads: Louis Bedell & Joshua Asher

Note: Asher was three years older than Bedell. Therefore, it seems likely that it is Asher seated at left, wearing non-native clothes, and Bedell seated at right, wearing school uniform. 

Format: Glass Plate Negative

Repository: National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution

Paul Boynton, 1889

Studio portrait of Paul Boynton wearing non-native clothes. A handwritten caption written along the side of the image probably reads: Paul Boynton, November 1889.

Format: Glass Plate Negative

Repository: National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution

Nina Carlisle, 1889

Studio portrait of Nina Carlisle wearing non-native clothing.

Note: A faint handwritten caption along the side of the image probably reads: Nina Carlisle Nov. 1889." 

Format: Glass Plate Negative

Repository: National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution

Nina Carlisle, 1889

Studio portrait of Nina Carlisle wearing non-native clothing. 

Note: Information supplied by NAA for the image provides a date of November 1882. However, Nina was not at the school until 1889 and another image apparently taken on the same day was dated November 1889, so we believe that is also the date of this image.

Format: Glass Plate Negative

Repository: National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution

Buildings at the Carlisle Indian School, #1, c.1890

A composite of 16 photographs of the school. The captions read: Small Boys’ Quarters, Ass’t. Supt’s. Quarters, Superintendent’s Quarters, Chapel, Guard House, Hospital, Disciplinarian’s Quarters, Band Stand, After School, School Building, Large Boys’ Quarters, Christmas Dinner, School Room, Office & Teachers’ Quarters, Gymnasium, Girls’ Quarters, Girls’ Industrial Hall and Dining-room, Shops.

The handwritten note reads: Buildings of Government Indian School at Carlisle, Pa.

Format: Photographic Print, B&W

Repository: Dickinson College Archives & Special Collections

Josiah Archiquette, c.1890

Studio portrait of Josiah Archiquette wearing school uniform. 

Note: This sitter in this image was previously identified as Joshua Archiquette. However, there is no student by that name in the school records. Therefore, we now believe this to be Josiah Archiquette. 

Format: Photographic Print, B&W

Repository: Cumberland County Historical Society

Buildings at the Carlisle Indian School, #3, c.1890

The captions in the top row from left to right read: Small Boys' Quarters       Ass't. Supt's. Quarters   Superintendent's Quarters       Chapel       Guard House

The captions in the top midde row from left to right read: Hospital    Disciplinarian's Quarters       Band Stand         After School          School Building

The captions in the bottom middle row from left to right read: Large Boys' Quarters       Christmas Dinner.        School Room         Office & Teachers' Quarters

The captions in the bottom row from left to right read: Gymnasium      Girls' Quarters         Girls' Industrial Hall and Dining-room     Shops.

Format: Photographic Print, B&W

Repository: Dickinson College Archives & Special Collections

Benjamin Caswell, c.1890

Studio portrait of Benjamin Caswell wearing non-native clothing.

Format: Photographic Print, B&W

Repository: Cumberland County Historical Society

Henry Phillips, c.1890

The printed note reads: HENRY PHILLIPS, THLINKET from Alaska, Entered Carlisle 1887 from Presbyterian Mission at Sitka; learned the Printers trade, and worked for some time in a machinist's shop doing good work; returned to Alaska 1892 continuing work as a machinist in Juneau.

Format: Photographic Print, B&W

Repository: National Archives and Records Administration

Bruce Patterson, c.1890

The handwritten note on the reverse side reads: 44. Bruce Patterson.

Format: Photographic Print, B&W

Repository: Dickinson College Archives & Special Collections

Buildings at the Carlisle Indian School, #2, c.1890

A composite of 16 photographs of the school. The captions read: Small Boys’ Quarters, Ass’t. Supt’s. Quarters, Superintendent’s Quarters, Chapel, Guard House, Hospital, Disciplinarian’s Quarters, Band Stand, After School, School Building, Large Boys’ Quarters, Christmas Dinner, School Room, Office & Teachers’ Quarters, Gymnasium, Girls’ Quarters, Girls’ Industrial Hall and Dining-room, Shops.

Format: Photographic Print, B&W

Repository: Dickinson College Archives & Special Collections

Louis Caswell and Benjamin Caswell, c.1890

Studio portrait of Louis Caswell (left) and Benjamin Caswell (right) both wearing non-native clothing.

Format: Photographic Print, B&W

Repository: Cumberland County Historical Society

Pueblo Students, c.1890

The handwritten note reads: Pueblos   Harvey Townsend   Sheldon Jackson.

Format: Photographic Print, B&W

Repository: Dickinson College Archives & Special Collections

Jessie Bitter, c.1890

Studio portrait of Jessie Bitter wearing non-native clothing. 

Format: Photographic Print, B&W

Repository: Cumberland County Historical Society

Pueblo girls, c.1890 [after]

The caption reads: The same Pueblo girls are seen in the photograph above, six months after arrival at the Carlisle Indian Industrial School.

The handwritten note on the reverse side reads: After

This image was shared courtesy of Robert R. Rowe.

Format: Photograph, Reproduction

Repository: Robert R. Rowe Private Collection

Class of 1890

The caption reads: Graduating Class, 1890. Indian Industrial School, Carlisle, Pa.

William Tivis, Comanche. Jemima Wheelock, Oneida. Dennison Wheelock, Oneida. Stacy Matlack, Pawnee. Levi Levering, Omaha. Veronica Holliday, Chippewa. Benjamin Lawry, Winnebago. George Means, Sioux. Howard Logan, Winnebago. George Vallier, Quapaw. William Morgan, Pawnee. Carl Leider, Crow. Percy Zadoka, Keechi. Benjamin Thomas, Pueblo. Lawrence Smith, Winnebago. Rosa Bourassa, Chippewa. Nellie Robertson, Sioux. Julia Bent, Cheyenne.

Format: Photographic Print, B&W

Repository: Dickinson College Archives & Special Collections

Pages