Welcome

The Carlisle Indian Industrial School is a major site of memory for many Native peoples, as well as a source of study for students and scholars around the globe. This website represents an effort to aid the research process by bringing together, in digital format, a variety of resources that are physically preserved in various locations around the country. Through these resources, we seek to increase knowledge and understanding of the school and its complex legacy, while also facilitating efforts to tell the stories of the many thousands of students who were sent there.

Students Guarding the Front Gate, c.1905

Recent News & Updates

Site Update - January 2023

The Carlisle Indian School Digital Resource Center site will be updating to the latest version of its software platform on Wednesday January 18, 2023 as our current system is no longer supported. 

Please note that search will likely not…

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Reflecting on Eight Years

It's hard to believe it's already been eight years since our first group of interns completed their summer work of scanning documents at the U.S. National Archives and then processing the files and posting the material to our website. It's also been four years since…

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Winter Digitization Trip to the National Archives

Several members of the Dickinson College Archives team recently returned from the latest in a series of digitization trips to the National Archives in Washington, D.C.

Library Digital Projects Manager Don Sailer '09 was joined by project consultant Blair…

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Example of a Descriptive Statement Form

The Carlisle Indian School Digital Resource Center is excited to announce that a new collection of enrollment records are now available online!

The Descriptive Statements of Pupils were created during the 1880s, 1890s, and 1900s to track groups of individuals…

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Summer Digitization Trip to the National Archives

Five members of the Dickinson College Archives team recently started the latest in a series of digitization trips to the National Archives in Washington, D.C.

George Gilbert '19, Julia Bray '19, and Library Digital Projects Manager Don Sailer '09 are joined…

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Carlisle Indian School Teaching Kit

Thanks to a generous grant from the NHPRC, the Carlisle Indian School Digital Resource Center has developed a teaching kit for use in schools, libraries, and other educational institutions in the United…

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Winter Digitization Trip to the National Archives

Five members of the Dickinson College Archives team recently started the latest in a series of digitization trips to the National Archives in Washington, D.C.

George Gilbert '19, Friends of the Library Intern Rachel Suppok ’16, and Library Digital Projects…

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New Collection Online: John N. Choate Glass Plate Negatives

The Dickinson College Archives and Special Collections recently acquired a collection of 39 glass plate negatives from the studio of John Nicholas Choate, the famed photographer who frequently captured images of Carlisle Indian School students and activities. The…

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Cemetery Information Resource Launched

The Carlisle Indian School Digital Resource Center team would like to share a new resource, simply titled Cemetery Information. This resource aims to support the research of…

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Thanks to a grant from the NHPRC, Dickinson College will host a Teachers' Institute on the Carlisle Indian School and the continuing impact of Indian boarding schools. The institute will be held July 30-August 4, 2017 in…

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