The Dickinson College Archives and Special Collections recently acquired a collection of 39 glass plate negatives from the studio of John Nicholas Choate, the famed photographer who frequently captured images of Carlisle Indian School students and activities. The collection includes individual and group portraits, most of which were not commercially sold. As a result, most of these images are rare and have never been publicly accessible before. Many of the people in these pictures have identifying captions, or have been identified by cross-referencing other photographs. All of the images are now digitized and available through our website. You can view the images here, or read through the...Read more
Recent News & Updates
The Carlisle Indian School Digital Resource Center team would like to share a new resource, simply titled Cemetery Information. This resource aims to support the research of descendants, scholars, and others interested in the history of the Carlisle Indian School cemetery by providing easy access to a wide range of primary source documents about the cemetery and the Carlisle Indian School students interred there.
There is an individual page entry for each person interred (including those who lack a named headstone in the modern cemetery), and each page entry includes basic information about the person's name, Nation, and date of decease. Each page also includes a collection of primary source...Read more
Thanks to a grant from the NHPRC, Dickinson College will host a Teachers' Institute on the Carlisle Indian School and the continuing impact of Indian boarding schools. The institute will be held July 30-August 4, 2017 in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. Specialists in American Indian education and 12 secondary school educators will come together to confront and interrogate this important history. Participating teachers will develop lesson plans that use the Carlisle Indian School Digital Resource Center and other available sources. These lesson plans can then be used in native and non-native classrooms, community centers, and libraries around the country. Travel, room and board...Read more
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!
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.