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Request for Funds for Industrial Training
March 8, 1880

Richard Henry Pratt requests funds to develop the industrial and mechanical training programs at the school. Specifically, Pratt hopes to establish a harness-making program and to expand the blacksmithing, wagon-making, carpentry, shoemaking, and tinsmithing departments. Pratt notes that this...

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Submission of Plans to Build Hospital at the Carlisle School
January 11, 1881

Richard Henry Pratt submits plans and specifications for building a new Hospital on the grounds of the Carlisle Indian School. Pratt notes that he has received multiple estimates for the cost of the building as well as supplies and believes that the use of Indian Apprentices will greatly reduce...

Format: Letters/Correspondence, Maps and Diagrams
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Proposal to Send Industrial Articles to Rosebud and Pine Ridge Agencies
January 21, 1881

Richard Henry Pratt notes that when he spoke to American Horse and other Sioux Chiefs in 1880 as they returned home they were promised a light wagon produced at Carlisle. According to Pratt sending the wagons along with some tinware would be a good method to show the work being done by the...

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Pratt Asks to Make Alterations to Employee Appropriation
October 14, 1881

Richard Henry Pratt discusses the appropriation of $20,000 for employees at the Carlisle Indian School and his incorrect interpretation for applying the funds. Pratt indicates that he believed the funds only covered regular employees and not irregular employees and Indian apprentices. As a...

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Monthly School Report for September 1882
October 2, 1882

Monthly School Report for the month of September 1882.

Format: Reports
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Monthly School Report for November 1882
November 30, 1882

November 1882 Monthly School Report for the Carlisle Indian School. Included in the report are text books used for the academic education, industrial trades taught, recruitment of students from Pine Ridge and Rosebud Agencies, and enrollment by Nation.

Format: Reports
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Complaints Regarding Wagon from the Carlisle Indian School
July 9, 1883

Charles E. Monteith, U.S. Indian Agent for the Nez Perce Agency, requests authority to purchase a new wagon due to the unsafe and unfit wagon the Agency recently received from the Carlisle Indian School. Monteith provides details of how the wagon is unfit and criticizes the foreman in charge at...

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Navajo Agent Discusses Difficulties Involved in Oversight
August 27, 1883 - September 8, 1883

Richard Henry Pratt forwards letter from D. M. Riordan, U.S. Indian Agent for the Navajo Agency, discussing the hardships involved in overseeing the Agency. Pratt also discusses various matters at the Carlisle Indian School.

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Authority Sought for Cora Eyre to Work at Navajo Agency
November 28, 1883

Richard Henry Pratt requests the Office of Indian Affairs authority to send Cora Eyre to the Navajo Agency to work as a laundress at the Agency school.

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
White Eagle Requests a Wagon and Harness from Carlisle
December 27, 1883

White Eagle requests that Richard Henry Pratt request from Washington D.C. a spring wagon and harness from the Carlisle Indian School. White Eagle also discusses sending more children from the Ponca Agency and returning his son Frank Eagle back to Carlisle.

Richard Henry Pratt forwards...

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Proposal to Supply Wagons to Sioux Chiefs
February 18, 1884

Richard Henry Pratt writes to the Secretary of the Interior regarding a proposal to supply four wagons to Sioux Chiefs rather than having them travel East.

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Pima Agency Requests New Spring Wagon
August 30, 1884

Roswell G. Wheeler, U.S. Indian Agent for the Pima Agency, requests a new spring wagon to replace the vehicles currently in use at the Agency. Porter in particular notes the poor quality of the spring wagon that was recently purchased from the Carlisle Indian School.

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Long Face Requests a Wagon
January 17, 1885 - January 29, 1885

Richard Henry Pratt forwards a request of Long Face for a wagon to assist him in his farming.

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Dispute Over Lack of Payment for Training a Student in Harness Making
February 11, 1885 - February 18, 1885

Frank Ensminger writes the Bureau of Indian Affairs regarding a civil dispute between him and Richard Henry Pratt over payment for training George Walker in harness making. Pratt claims that he was only to pay Ensminger if Walker was not a good worker and he never heard a complaint from him and...

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Request to Allow Amos Lone Hill to Purchase Wagon at Discount
June 26, 1885

Richard Henry Pratt requests to allow Amos Lone Hill to purchase a spring wagon he made himself at the Carlisle Indian School at a discount along with a commendation from the Office of Indian Affairs as an incentive.

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Support for Pay of Indian Apprentices
February 17, 1886 - February 18, 1886

Richard Henry Pratt writes to the Commissioner of Indian Affairs and Superintendent of Indian Schools regarding the pay of Indian Apprentices. Pratt notes that he is in favor of the system of increasing pay over the years which would allow students to develop financial literacy.

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Response to Request for Information by the Office of Indian Affairs
April 20, 1886

Richard Henry Pratt supplies the information requested by the Office of Indian Affairs including the fact the Carlisle Indian School can enroll 550 students for the next fiscal year including 425 students at the school and 125 on outing. Also included is the list of industries taught to the...

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Pratt Submits Photographs of Wagons
July 8, 1886

Richard Henry Pratt submits eight photographs to the Office of Indian Affairs. Pratt mentions that four photos were of the three spring and four of the platform spring.

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Pratt's Views Towards Filling Teaching Positions with Graduates
September 13, 1886

Richard Henry Pratt provides his views on having graduates from the Carlisle Indian School and other Industrial Training Schools fill agency instructor positions. Pratt notes that he does not believe this a good system due to the lack of training among Indian Apprentices in their trades which...

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
School Statistics Accompanying the Annual Report, 1886
December 31, 1886

School Statistics Accompanying the Annual Report for the 1886 School Year.

Format: Reports
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Pratt Recommendation on Filling Harness Shop at Fort Stevenson School
February 22, 1887 - March 26, 1887

Richard Henry Pratt responds to a letter from George W. Scott, Superintendent of the Fort Stevenson, who had requested Pratt recommend a student to oversee the newly created harness shop at the Fort Stevenson School. Pratt responds that he does not believe that the Carlisle Indian School...

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Seeking Update to Transportation for George Thomas to Fort Stevenson
April 27, 1887

Richard Henry Pratt forwards a letter from George W. Scott, the Superintendent of the Fort Stevenson School, regarding sending George Thomas to take over the Harness Shop. Pratt notes that he has had no reply from the Office of Indian Affairs regarding his request.

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Pratt Requests Authority to Sell 50 Uniforms to Sitka Mission School
May 4, 1887

Richard Henry Pratt requests authority to produce 50 uniforms for the Presbyterian Board of Home Missions in Sitka, Alaska.

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Pratt Follows Up on Request to Send George Thomas to Fort Stevenson School
July 1, 1887 - July 11, 1887

George W. Scott, Superintendent of the Fort Stevenson School, asks if Richard Henry Pratt will be able to send George Thomas to take over the harness shop at the school. Pratt in forwarding the letter to the Office of Indian Affairs refers to a previous letter he has written that he has not...

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Irregular Service Needed at Carlisle in August 1887
July 10, 1887

Richard Henry Pratt provides the irregular employee services that will be required at the Carlisle Indian School for August 1887.

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration

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