1870-1879

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Materials Request for Picket Fence

Telegram from Richard Henry Pratt to the Commissioner of Indian Affairs requesting materials and funds to erect a "picket fence six feet high to keep Indians in and citizens out" of the Carlisle Indian School campus.

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Medical Discharge at Hampton and Recruitment for Carlisle

Letter from Richard Henry Pratt to Edwin J. Brooks regarding sick students discharged from the Hampton Institute. Pratt insists that too many boys were sent home, against his and the doctor's advice, and asserts that Spotted Tail and Red Cloud will be less interested in sending students to...

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Notice of Arrival of First Group of Students

Telegram from Richard Henry Pratt informing the Commissioner of Indian Affairs that he has arrived in Carlisle with the first party of students. Pratt also asks about his previous requests for supplies and rations, which have gone unanswered.

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Notice of Arrival of Group of Students from Wichita, Kansas

Richard Henry Pratt writes to Commissioner of Indian Affairs Ezra Hayt, informing him that his party of recruited students, met and delayed in Wichita, Kansas, safely arrived in Carlisle the previous evening.

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Notice of Arrival of Sioux and Menominee Students for Hampton Institute

Telegram from Richard Henry Pratt noting the arrival of Sisseton, Standing Rock, and Cheyenne River Sioux children, Green Bay Menominee children, and Chief Little Noheart at Carlisle. Pratt requests whether these children should be sent to the Hampton Institute.

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Notice of Board to Appraise Property

Letter from Richard Henry Pratt to Commissioner of Indian Affairs Ezra Hayt regarding a board to appraise property at the Carlisle Barracks. Pratt notes that, because of the visit, he will be unable to meet a group of recruited students in the West, and instead suggests sending teachers Alfred J...

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Notice of Borrowing Funds for Travel to Kansas

Telegram from Richard Henry Pratt informing the Commissioner of Indian Affairs that he is borrowing money for his travel west, and will be leaving that day.

Previously approved funds had not yet been made available to Pratt, despite numerous requests to the Commissioner. Pratt was...

Format: Financial Documents, Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Notice of Incomplete Transportation Plans from Wichita, Kansas

Telegram from Richard Henry Pratt to the Commissioner of Indian Affairs, relaying a message from ticket agent W. F. White in Wichita, Kansas that he is unable to arrange the transportation plans requested by the Commissioner. Alternative transportation plans are suggested.

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Notice of Lack of Promised Funds

Richard Henry Pratt informs the Commissioner of Indian Affairs that funds promised in previous correspondence have not yet been received. Pratt warns that, if the funds are not received soon, he will be unable to meet recruited students at Winfield, Kansas as previously arranged.

Format: Financial Documents, Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Notice of No Tickets for Recruited Students in Wichita, Kansas

Richard Henry Pratt telegrams the Commissioner of Indian Affairs, noting that no tickets were on deposit for recruited Cheyenne and Kiowa students met in Wichita, Kansas. Pratt also notes that the Osage did not receive enough information about the request for students, and that the Pawnee and...

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Notice Regarding Need for Supplies

Correspondence from Superintendent Pratt to Commissioner of Indian Affairs Ezra Hayt noting that any communication regarding supplies will receive immediate attention.

Other documents from this same time period attest to Pratt's desperate need for supplies at Carlisle Barracks, before the...

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Pankin, Alberd, Howard Chawip, and Peter Charko [version 1], c.1879

Portrait of Pankin, Alberd (also known as Albert), Howard Chawip, and Peter Charko posed outside a school building. This image was probably taken shortly after their arrival at the school. 

Format: Photographic Print, B&W
Repository: Cumberland County Historical Society
Pankin, Alberd, Howard Chawip, and Peter Charko [version 2], c.1879

Portrait of Pankin, Alberd (also known as Albert), Howard Chawip, and Peter Charko posed outside a school building. This image was probably taken shortly after their arrival at the school. 

Format: Stereograph
Repository: Cumberland County Historical Society
Per-Student Funding and Establishment of School at Carlisle

Letter from Richard Henry Pratt to Commissioner of Indian Affairs Ezra A. Hayt suggesting an increase in the per-student funding afforded by the government to Indian schools. Pratt also encourages the Commissioner to continue pursuing Congressional approval for the opening of an Indian school at...

Format: Financial Documents, Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Proposed Alternative Transportation Plans from Wichita, Kansas

Telegram from Richard Henry Pratt to Commissioner of Indian Affairs Hayt noting that the party of recruited students met in Wichita can be waggoned to Lawrence, Kansas if need be. Pratt again notes that he is desperate for a way to transport the pupils back to Carlisle.

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Recruiting Cheyenne Students for Hampton Institute

Richard Henry Pratt telegrams the Commissioner of Indian Affairs, informing him that the Cheyenne agent can supply students to make up the deficiency of students at Hampton, if instructed to send one third boys and two third girls. Pratt notes that these students could be escorted east by Alfred...

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Recruitment Report from Rosebud and Pine Ridge Sioux Agency

Telegram from Richard Henry Pratt, in the Yankton Agency, to the Commissioner of Indian Affairs informing him that 47 boys and 17 girls from Rosebud as well as 12 boys and 6 girls from Pine Ridge have been recruited. Pratt notes that these children will be escorted east to the Hampton Institute...

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Report on First Party of Children Brought to the Carlisle Indian School

Captain Richard Henry Pratt writes to Ezra H. Hayt, Commissioner of Indian Affairs, regarding the first group of Sioux, Ponca, Pawnee, Kiowa, Comanche, Wichita, Seminole, Cheyenne, and Arapahoe children and young adults brought to the Carlisle Indian School. Pratt offers a detailed description...

Format: Letters/Correspondence, Reports
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Request for Clarification of Transportation Plans from Wichita, Kansas

Telegram from Richard Henry Pratt to the Commissioner of Indian Affairs, asking whether the party of pupils should be transported via the Northern Pacific Railroad line as initially planned, or the St. Louis and Northern Railroad line as received.

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Request for Cooking Range

Richard Henry Pratt requests that a cooking range with a 300-person capacity be supplied to the Carlisle Indian School.

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Request for Dormitory Furniture

Richard Henry Pratt writes to Commissioner of Indian Affairs Ezra A. Hayt requesting authority to purchase dormitory furniture immediately needed at the Carlisle Indian School.

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Request for Expedited Supplies Shipment

Telegram from Richard Henry Pratt to the Commissioner of Indian Affairs asking for a quick response to outstanding requests for supplies.

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Request for Fence Construction Funds

Request from Richard Henry Pratt for $430 of previously authorized funds to be credited to his account, for the construction of a fence at Carlisle Barracks.

Format: Financial Documents, Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Request for Fund Transfer for Salaries and Debts

Richard Henry Pratt writes to Commissioner of Indian Affairs Ezra Hayt, requesting $4000 be transferred to his credit for the purposes of settling debts and paying owed salaries. A note in the file suggests that the Commissioner had a total of $7000 transferred into Pratt's account.

Format: Financial Documents, Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Request for Fund Transfer for Supplies Purchases

Richard Henry Pratt requests approved funds be transferred to his credit, so that supplies can be purchased.

Format: Financial Documents, Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration

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