The Carlisle Indian School Digital Resource Center has recently received a wonderful donation of 11 original images related to the Carlisle Indian School from the family of Brockey (Charles W. Buck) (Piegan). Brockey attended the school from 1890 to 1895 and collected these items during his studies. The photographs include images of the Carlisle Indian School Band and the school's display at the World's Fair Columbian Exposition in 1893, as well as many familiar scenes in and around the school (including the graduating class of 1894). These photographs, along with a copy of an obituary of Brockey, will soon be available on our website!
Recent News & Updates
After three years and nine team research trips to Washington, DC for digitization of Carlisle Indian School content, we have completed processing and posting online all of the student file folders from Series 1327 from the National Archives. Series 1327 is the largest collection of individual student records, composed of 155 boxes and more than 6100 individual folders. These folders collectively hold roughly 125,000 pages of material, now fully available to everyone for use! There is still much more to come for the project and additional material is posted daily, so check back regularly for new content.
Five members of the Dickinson College Archives team have recently begun the latest in a series of digitization trips to the National Archives in Washington, D.C. Linda Genser '17, Paige Hamilton '17, and Fiona Keane '19 are joined by current Friends of the Library Intern Suri Smith '13 and next year's Friends of the Library Intern Frank Vitale '16 for a week-and-a-half long trip to scan administrative documents related to the operation of the Carlisle Indian School. The team is looking forward to discovering more about Carlisle through this records series.
This is the third in a series of posts about the ‘Explore Student Files’ section of the site. Today we are looking at the third tab in this section, ‘Document Types.’ The data in this tab provides a way to explore the prevalence of different types of documents in the student files scanned and made available for research through the site. This information can help in developing research topics, whether around a particular document type or the patterns that emerge between them. For instance, where is there a lot of rich documentation? What does this indicate? What can it tell us the history of what kinds of documents were kept or created? Does this change over time? Does it vary by...Read more
This is the second in a series of posts about the ‘Explore Student Files’ section of the site. Today we are looking at the second tab in this section, ‘Date of Entry.’ The data in this tab can help explore connections between students based on when they officially entered the school. For instance, which students entered the Carlisle Indian School at the same time? When did groups of students from particular nations and tribes enter? At what times during the year did students enter the school? Did this vary over time?
To start exploring some of these questions, click the second tab, ‘Date of Entry’ in the ‘Explore Student Files’ section. Here you will find the number of student...Read more
We would like to introduce a group of pages — a set of dynamic tables or lists — that can help you see and understand the student files, and the stories they represent, in new ways. The ‘Explore Student Files’ section of the site provides a way to examine the student files we’ve currently digitized from a variety of angles. It aims to help researchers sift through the documentation, notice patterns, select areas for further attention, and, in general, explore a variety of research questions that are difficult to answer through the standard browse pages on the site by themselves.
The tables are set up under the various tabs (as shown in the screenshot) in the ‘Explore Student Files’ section of...Read more
A team of student interns, Rachel Kruchten '16, Justine Cenzer '18, and Frank Vitale '16, led by Friends of the Library Intern Suri Smith and Library Digital Projects Manager Don Sailer, are currently undertaking a three-week long scanning trip in the National Archives in Washington, D.C.! The team hopes to scan all remaining student files for the Carlisle Indian School Digital Resource Center, and to capture images and scans of various administrative and ephemeral records. The team is excited to be back in Washington and at the National Archives.
A fifth trip to continue scanning student files at the National Archives in Washington, DC is underway! Dickinson College student interns Rachel Kruchten ‘16, Joelle Paull ‘17, Matthew Ferry '17, Luke Kang '16, post-grad assistant Meghan Abercrombie ‘15 join Friends of the Library Intern Katie Clark and Library Digital Projects Manager Don Sailer for a two week research trip. The team hopes to scan 15 boxes of student files for the Carlisle Indian School Digital Resource Center.
Most of the student interns on this trip have previously worked on the project and are excited to be back at the National Archives!
We are pleased to add a new photograph to our collection of Carlisle Indian School images, thanks to the generosity of Laura Bullock. The photograph on this postcard shows students who are members of the Class of 1909. Unfortunately, the individuals in this photograph have not yet been identified. This item will be available in the Image collection soon. We want to thank Ms. Bullock for her generosity in donating this image to our collection.
Additional browse and filter options have again been added to the site! After you click on a tag, such as for nation, a format, or a person’s name, you will notice some additional tabs near the top of the page. These allow you to limit results to “Student Files Only” or “Images Only.” With these new tabs, you will have access to all the filter options you enjoy on the main browse pages on the site, except now additionally limited to whichever tag you clicked.
For example, if you were looking at the Sarah Mather Student File (see example screenshots; click the image for more). You see that she was a member of the Sioux nation, and you want to see what else you can find in the Digital Resource Center for that nation. Clicking the tag, you are given a list of all the records...Read more