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James Thorpe Student File

Student file of James (Jim) Thorpe, a member of the Sac and Fox Nation, who entered the school on February 6, 1904 and ultimately departed on February 1, 1913. The student did not attend the school continuously, but left and reentered. The file contains a progress/conduct card, a student information card, letters, financial transactions, photographs, and news clippings from various publications, including the Sherman Bulletin of the Sherman Indian School in Riverside, California.  The file also notes that some documents have gone missing over the years, necessitating the copying of the file for public access.

Thorpe became famous internationally as an athlete while at Carlisle, and went on to have careers in both professional baseball and football. He competed in the 1912 Olympics in Stockholm and won gold in the Decathlon and Pentathlon. Thorpe was considered by many to be "The World's Greatest Athlete" and is one of the most famous graduates of the Carlisle Indian School.

Note: In the file the student is identified as both James Thorpe and Jim Thorpe.  

Repository: National Archives and Records Administration

James Thorpe Student Information Card

Student information card of James Thorpe, a member of the Sac & Fox Nation, who entered the school on February 6, 1904 and departed on January 23, 1911.

Repository: National Archives and Records Administration

James Thorpe Progress Card

Progress card of James Thorpe, a member of the Sac & Fox Nation, who entered the school on February 6, 1904.

Repository: National Archives and Records Administration

Gustave Welch Student File

Student file of Gustave Welch, a member of the Chippewa Nation, who entered the school on September 22, 1908, graduated in 1912, and ultimately departed on August 5, 1915. The student did not attend the school continuously, but left and reentered. The file contains student information cards, news clippings, photographs, an outing record, Conway Hall progress reports, financial transactions, a trade/position record card, an application for enrollment, a progress/conduct card, and letters/correspondence.

The file indicates Welch was the caption of the 1913 Carlisle football team, an assistant football coach at the school in 1915, was attending the Dickinson Law School in 1916 and 1917, and enlisted in the U.S. Army and was stationed at the Officers Reserve Training Camp in the 10th Company at Fort Niagara, New York in 1917 eventually becoming a caption in 1918.

Repository: National Archives and Records Administration

Sylvester Long Student File

Student file of Sylvester Long, a member of the Cherokee Nation, who entered the school on August 28, 1909, and departed on October 10, 1913. The file contains student information cards, an application for enrollment, financial transactions, a former student response postcard, letters/correspondence, medical/physical records, news clippings, an outing record, a progress/conduct card, progress/conduct cards from Dickinson College Preparatory School (Conway Hall), a report after leaving, trade/position record cards, and photographs. The file indicates that after graduating Long went to Saint John's Military Academy and graduated in 1915. During his time at the academy he wrote to President Woodrow Wilson requesting a presidential appointment to West Point, which President Wilson granted him. However, Sylvester opted not to go and ended up as a Lieutenant in Princess "Pat's" Regiment fighting in World War I. The latest record in the file indicates that he was wounded somewhere in France in 1917.

Note: In the file the student is identified as Sylvester Long, Sylvester Long-Lance, Sylvester Chahuska Long, and Sylvester Clark Long.

Repository: National Archives and Records Administration

Iva Miller Student Information Card

Student information card of Iva Miller, a member of the Cherokee Nation, who entered the school on October 6, 1909. The information card indicates that Miller graduated in 1912, married James Thorpe, and was living in New York City, New York in 1918. 

Repository: National Archives and Records Administration

Iva Miller Student File

Student file of Iva Miller, a member of the Cherokee Nation, who entered the school on October 6, 1909, graduated in 1912, and departed on June 24, 1912. The file includes a student information card, an application for enrollment, medical/physical records, an outing record, an outing evaluation, a progress/conduct card, a trade/position record card, a returned student survey, a report after leaving, photographs, and letters/correspondence. The file indicates that after graduating Miller married Jim Thorpe, they were living together in Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1917.

Note: In the file the student is identified as Iva Miller, Margaret Miller, Iva Thorpe and Iva Miller Thorpe.

Repository: National Archives and Records Administration

Jefferson Duncan Student File

Student file of Jefferson Duncan, a member of the Sioux Nation, who entered the school on September 4, 1911 and departed on October 2, 1913. The file contains a student information card, an application for enrollment, a medical/physical records, letters/correspondence, a newspaper clipping, a trade/position record card, financial transactions, and an outing record. The file indicates Duncan was a football player and worked as a second chef on the Chicago, Milwaukee, and Saint Paul railroad dining car during the summer vacation in 1913 and was living in Thunder Hawk, South Dakota in 1913 and 1914.

Repository: National Archives and Records Administration

Joseph Guyon Student File

Student file of Joseph Guyon, a member of the Chippewa Nation, who entered the school on December 7, 1911 and departed on June 15, 1914. The file contains student information cards, medical and physical records, an outing evaluation, an application for enrollment, a report after leaving, and a former student response post card. The file also contains numerous letters and correspondence and news clippings detailing Joseph Guyon's career playing football for the school and later for the Georgia School of Technology. These letters and news clippings deal with issues regarding Guyon's eligiblity to play for Georgia Tech due to the Carlisle Indian School's collegiate status in althetics.

Note: One of Joseph Guyon's documents was originally found in the folder of another student; Joseph Muggins, NARA_RG 75_Series 1327_box 92_folder 4135.

Repository: National Archives and Records Administration

Edward Thorpe Student File

Student file of Edward Thorpe, a member of the Sac & Fox Nation, who entered the school on January 17, 1913 and ultimately departed on June 6, 1917. The student did not attend the school continuously, but left and reentered. The file contains student information cards, an application for enrollment, a certificate of promotion, financial transactions, and medical and physical records. The file also contains letters and correspondence regarding his whereabouts, transportation, and enrollment at the school, including letters between the school and his brother James Thorpe.

Repository: National Archives and Records Administration