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Richard Henry Pratt with school employees and their families [version 1], 1886

Portrait of Richard Henry Pratt with school employees and their families posed on the school grounds.

The Cumberland County Historical Society's copy of this image has information provided by the daugther of one of the employees, who donated the photograph. She says it was taken on June...

Format: Glass Plate Negative
Repository: National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution
Richard Henry Pratt with school employees and their families [version 2], 1886

Portrait of Richard Henry Pratt with school employees and their families posed on the school grounds. 

The Cumberland County Historical Society's copy of this image has information provided by the donor, Hattie Frehn, the daugther of Philip Norman, one of the employees pictured. She...

Format: Photographic Print, B&W
Repository: Cumberland County Historical Society
Richard Henry Pratt with school employees and their families [version 3], 1886

Portrait of Richard Henry Pratt with school employees and their families posed on the school grounds.

The Cumberland County Historical Society's copy of this image has information provided by the daugther of one of the employees, who donated the photograph. She says it was taken on June...

Format: Photographic Print, B&W
Repository: Dickinson College Archives & Special Collections
T.J. Morgan, Commissioner of Indian Affairs, with Richard Henry Pratt and teachers [pose 1], c.1890

Portrait of T.J. Morgan, the Commissioner of Indian Affairs, posed with Richard Henry Pratt and the school's teachers on the school grounds. 

The school newspapers reported a visited by Morgan to the school in February of 1890. It's possible that this photograph was taken at that time...

Format: Photographic Print, B&W
Repository: Cumberland County Historical Society
T.J. Morgan, Commissioner of Indian Affairs, with Richard Henry Pratt and teachers [pose 2], c.1890

Portrait of T.J. Morgan, the Commissioner of Indian Affairs, posed with Richard Henry Pratt and the school's teachers on the school grounds. 

The school newspapers reported a visited by Morgan to the school in February of 1890. It's possible that this photograph was taken at that time...

Format: Glass Plate Negative
Repository: National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution
Request for a Teaching Appointment
September 21, 1879

Haus Eugen Bahn writes to Secretary of the Interior Carl Schurz regarding his intent to establish an Indian school in Carlisle. Bahn requests an appointment as teacher at the school.

Note: This item was copied from U.S. National Archives microfilm reels (M234), which were filmed from the...

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Application for Employment from Edward Bloeden
October 27 - November 9, 1879

Edward Bloeden writes to Commissioner of Indian Affairs E. A. Hayt to request employment at the Carlisle Indian School. He specifically refers to being a "steward" of the school.

Note: This item was copied from U.S. National Archives microfilm reels (M234), which were filmed from the...

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Employment of a Doctor
December 9, 1879

Richard H. Pratt informs Commissioner of Indian Affairs E. A. Hayt that Dr. J. J. Bender would be willing to be the Indian School's doctor for $600 per year. However, Dr. Bender is the leading physician in the town of Carlisle and has many patients. Pratt suggests that it could be better for the...

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Temporary Employment of Dr. J. J. Bender
December 12, 1879

Richard H. Pratt informs Commissioner of Indian Affairs E. A. Hayt that Dr. J. J. Bender will be hired in a temporary capacity. Dr. Bender will visit the school as often as necessary and will "take charge of all cases of sickness."

Note: This item was copied from U.S. National Archives...

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Request to Permanently Hire Dr. J. J. Bender
December 27, 1879

Richard H. Pratt informs Commissioner of Indian Affairs E. A. Hayt that Dr. J. J. Bender's temporary employment "has proven acceptable" and requests to permanently hire him for $700 per year .

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Employment Application for Olive Roberts as Teacher
January 4, 1880

Richard Henry Pratt forwards to the Commissioner of Indian Affairs a letter from Olive Roberts, requesting employment as a teacher at the Carlisle Indian School. Roberts states that they previously ran the Crow Creek boarding school in Dakota. Pratt requests more information about Roberts, and...

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Request to Detail George LeR. Brown to Carlisle
March 2, 1880

Richard Henry Pratt writes to the Commissioner of Indian Affairs, requesting that he petition the War Department to detail George LeR. Brown to service at the Carlisle Indian School. Pratt states that Brown had served at Carlisle during his leave of absense from the Army, and that Brown showed...

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Recommendations for Recruiter in Colorado and New Mexico
March 6, 1880

Richard Henry Pratt recommends George LeR. Brown as a recruiter for the Carlisle Indian School among the agencies in Colorado and New Mexico. Pratt suggests that the assignment is difficult, and that Brown is the only person he trusts for the job.

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Request to Hire a Clerk and Teacher
February 10, 1881

Richard Henry Pratt requests the authority to hire an office clerk at forty dollars a month. This is in addition to a request to hire a teacher at forty-five dollars a month due to the arrival of sixteen Cheyenne and Arapaho students who attend school at night after their days are spent working...

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
List of Positions and Salaries for Fiscal Year 1882
May 11, 1881

Richard Henry Pratt sends a list of positions and salaries for the 1882 fiscal year. The list includes clerks, farmers, teachers, matrons, various superintendents, band leader, various industrial teachers, cooks, disciplinarians, a teamster, chaplain, nurse, and an individual to be in charge of...

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Status of the Navajo Agency Following the Death of Manuelito Choni
August 13-20, 1883

D. M. Riordan, U.S. Indian Agent for the Navajo Agency, writes to the Richard Henry Pratt on the anger of Manuelito regarding the death of his son. Manuelito asks for all of the Navajo students to be sent back from Carlisle. Riordan states that at a minimum Manuelito's son should be returned....

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Request for Employee in Charge of the Outing Program
December 11, 1883

Richard Henry Pratt requests a position to be placed in charge of the outing program at the Carlisle Indian School. Pratt notes that he has been hesitant to fill this position in order to save money but the increase in outings has now meant the position is now unable to be filled by other staff...

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Request to be Employed as a Teacher at the Carlisle Indian School
July 9, 1884 - August 28, 1884

Mary E. Whitcomb inquires of Richard Henry Pratt if there are any vacancies at the Carlisle Indian School for a teacher due to an increase in the number of students. Pratt forwards the letter to the Commissioner of Indian Affairs noting that the increase in students additional teachers would be...

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
Letter from Richard H. Pratt to Cornelius R. Agnew, May 8, 1886
May 8, 1886

Superintendent Richard Henry Pratt writes to Doctor Cornelius Rea Agnew suggesting that Agnew stops in Carlisle to say goodbye before travelling.  Pratt also mentions discussions between Miss Hyde of Carlisle and a Mr. Charles Pratt of the Astral Oil Works, Brooklyn, New York, regarding the...

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: Dickinson College Archives & Special Collections
Pratt Responds to Office Objection Regarding Staff Appointment
December 28, 1888

Richard Henry Pratt refers to an Office of Indian Affairs letter regarding his approval of the nomination of Miss Aspell. Pratt notes that she was appointed to an original vacancy so the Office's objection was not applicable. Pratt further discusses the position of his farmer as not being...

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Report on the Work of Anne S. Ely, Outing Agent
January 7, 1889

Richard Henry Pratt responds to an Office of Indian Affairs letter regarding the responsibilities of Anne S. Ely, Agent for Outing Pupils at the Carlisle Indian School. Pratt indicates that Ely oversees all aspects of the Outing program including corresponding with the students and patrons as...

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Recommendation to Appoint Carrie Morse to Fill Teaching Vacancy
January 28, 1889 - February 28, 1889

Richard Henry Pratt forwards the resignation of Mabel Crane as a teacher at the Carlisle Indian School as well as the application and his recommendation of Carrie E. Morse to fill the vacancy. Pratt notes that in addition to her recommendations he has sought out personal letters from the places...

Format: Legal and Government Documents, Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Request of Ella and Bessie Patterson to Transfer to Albuquerque
May 8, 1889

Richard Henry Pratt forwards a request from Ella and Bessie Patterson to be transferred to the Albuquerque Indian School. Pratt provides the employment history of the Patterson's at the Carlisle Indian School and recommends there request be granted.

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Proposed List of Positions and Salaries for Fiscal Year 1889-1890
May 13, 1889

Richard Henry Pratt provides a list of positions and salaries necessary for the function of the school. Pratt notes the changes in positions including eliminating the position of principal teacher due to his taking more direct charge of the school.

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

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