Recent News & Updates

March 26, 2015
Example screenshots showing Sioux nation tag and view page with tabs

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...

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January 6, 2015
January Scanning Trip 2015

A fourth trip to continue scanning student files at the National Archives in Washington, DC is off to a snowy start. Dickinson College student interns Linda Genser ‘17, Joelle Paull ‘17, and Meghan Abercrombie ‘15 join Friends of the Library Intern Katie Clark, for a two week research trip. The team hopes to scan another 30 boxes of student files for the Carlisle Indian School Digital Resource Center.

Linda and Joelle have previously done work editing and posting scanned copies of student files to the website, so they are enjoying the opportunity to work with the original, physical documents. Meghan recently curated a small display of Carlisle Indian School publications for the Dickinson College Archives, and she is now excited to be learning more about the students themselves...

December 15, 2014
New feature: Submit corrections button

In the process of describing and uploading thousands of documents to this website, mistakes occasionally slip through our review process. With this in mind, we have added a button for submitting corrections. The button appears at the bottom of each posting on the site for student files and images. Please let us know if you find any typographical or other errors in our descriptions and tags for these documents and photographs so they can be corrected for future users. Simply click the button and fill out the brief form provided (see example screenshots).

In some cases, the information recorded on the old documents themselves may be in error. Students' names, birthdates, family members' names, and other facts may have been written incorrectly by the staff members who worked at the...

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December 3, 2014
Introducing Improved Browse Pages

Browse pages for Student Files, Images, Publications, and Lists & Rosters now include additional functionality to better support research and exploration. Users can now customize how many records are displayed per page, as well as their sort order. For instance, if you want to view files of students from a particular nation and list them in chronological order, the new browse options make this easy (Click on the image to view the example screenshot).

The improved browse pages also present statistics on the total number of records found matching particular criteria and what range is being currently displayed on the page. This makes it easy to discover how many student files currently available on the site represent students from a particular nation, or contain a particular...

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August 20, 2014
Dickinson Magazine - Summer  2014

The Summer 2014 issue of Dickinson Magazine includes an article that features the Carlisle Indian School Digital Resource Center. In “Reclaiming History,” Rick Kearns explains:

"Of those who attended, many entered careers as teachers, tradesmen and athletes — including Frank Mount Pleasant, Dickinson class of 1910, who competed in the 1908 summer Olympics in London. Others, cut off from their native languages, identities and families of origin, entered a legacy of trauma and disenfranchisement. All of them have stories to tell, and now, more than 130 years later, their descendants, as well as researchers and archivists, have unprecedented access...

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June 14, 2014
The Team at Work

On a thankfully uneventful Friday the 13th, another team of Dickinson researchers drove to Washington, D.C., to continue scanning student files at the National Archives (NARA). Three student interns - Linda Genser, Rachel Kruchten, and Michele Metcalf - as well as Friends of the Library Intern Caitlin Moriarty, will be at NARA for two weeks. In addition to scanning, all are looking forward to visiting various D.C. landmarks such as Eastern Market and Ben's Chili Bowl. After returning from D.C., Linda, Rachel, and Michele will work at the Dickinson College Archives for the remainder of June and July, continuing to process scanned materials for the website. 

May 21, 2014
Screenshot - NAISA Conference in Austin

Project co-leaders Susan Rose and Malinda Triller Doran will travel to Austin, TX to give a presentation about the Digital Resource Center at the Native American and Indigenous Studies Association (NAISA) Conference held May 28-31.  NAISA is the "premiere international and interdisciplinary professional organization for scholars, graduate students, independent researchers, and community members interested in all aspects of Indigenous Studies." Last year's conference attracted almost 900 attendees.  We have created a brief flyer describing the project, which Rose and Triller Doran will also distribute during the conference. 

March 27, 2014
Carlisle Indian Printers, c1888

We are pleased to add a new photograph to our collection of Carlisle Indian School images, thanks to the generosity of James Herster.  This photograph depicts a group of 15 student printers in school uniforms circa 1888.  This image, along with the names and tribes of those pictured, is now available on our site.  We want to thank Mr. Herster for his generosity in donating this image to our collection.

March 24, 2014

Project Highlighted on ABC27 News

On Wednesday, March 12, the Carlisle Indian Industrial School digital project was a featured story on the local news. Reporter Alex Hoff, with Harrisburg TV station ABC27, interviewed several of the people involved in the project, including undergraduate interns Frank Vitale and Xueyin Zha, Professor Susan Rose, local historian Barbara Landis, and Native American...

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March 11, 2014
Image Collection webpage

We are pleased to announce the launching of new search pages to the website. Visitors to this Carlisle Indian School site now have the ability to search more specifically within each individual content type rather than only being able to search across the entire online collection. These new search capabilities are available for the Student Files, the Images, and the Publications. Just click on any of those three links from the navigation bar on the left, and you will see the new layout. The right side of the screen features a search box that combines keyword searching with additional options to limit your results by categories such as nation, date, or content format. The lower part of the screen will allow basic browsing using those same...

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