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The Documents section features digitized copies of documents relating to the history of the school.  These documents include correspondence, graduation pamphlets, and other forms of ephemera, and have been digitized by Digital Resource Center staff.  Today, these documents are preserved in a number of locations, including the Dickinson College Archives and Special Collections as well as private collections.

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Request for Supplies and Repairs at Carlisle Barracks

Date: September 10, 1879

Letter from Richard Henry Pratt informing the Commissioner of Indian Affairs that he has received funds for a recruitment trip out West, and will set off that day. Pratt also requests supplies be sent to the Carlisle Barracks in preparation for his arrival with students, and asks for permission to repair the Barracks buildings after the property is legally transferred into his custody.

Repository: National Archives and Records Administration

Notice Regarding Need for Supplies

Date: September 10, 1879

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 arrival of the first group of students.

Repository: National Archives and Records Administration

Impact of Sending Sick Students Home from Hampton on Recruitment for Carlisle

Date: September 11, 1879

Letter from Richard Henry Pratt to Acting Commissioner of Indian Affairs 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 Carlisle as a result.

Repository: National Archives and Records Administration

Approval of Estimate of Expenditures for Building Repairs

Date: September 12, 1879

Acting Secretary of the Interior A. Bell returns an Estimate of Expenditures for building repairs at the Carlisle Barracks to the Commissioner of Indian Affairs. As Bell deems these repairs to be necessary to converting the Barracks to a school, he grants Richard Henry Pratt authority to spend $1,332 on supplies.

Note: This item was copied from U.S. National Archives microfilm reels (M234), which were filmed from the original documents found in Record Group 75, Entry 79, "Letters Received by the Office of Indian Affairs, 1824-80."

Repository: National Archives and Records Administration

Issues with Contract for Educating Indian Students at Hampton

Date: September 15, 1879

Hampton Institute Principal Samuel C. Armstrong informs Commissioner of Indian Affairs E. A. Hayt that he has signed his contract. He states that he's unhappy with the terms of the contract and describes the expense and difficulty of educating Indian students.

Note: This item was copied from U.S. National Archives microfilm reels (M234), which were filmed from the original documents found in Record Group 75, Entry 79, "Letters Received by the Office of Indian Affairs, 1824-80."

Repository: National Archives and Records Administration

Request to Supply Shoes for New Indian School

Date: September 16, 1879

Jonathan Cornman requests to manufacture and repair shoes for Indian women and children that are rumored to be quartering at the Carlisle Barracks in the fall.

Note: This item was copied from U.S. National Archives microfilm reels (M234), which were filmed from the original documents found in Record Group 75, Entry 79, "Letters Received by the Office of Indian Affairs, 1824-80."

Repository: National Archives and Records Administration

Request for a Teaching Appointment

Date: September 21, 1879

Haus Eugen Bahn writes to Secretary of the Interior Carl Schurz regarding the news that an Indian school will soon be established 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 original documents found in Record Group 75, Entry 79, "Letters Received by the Office of Indian Affairs, 1824-80."

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Request to Furnish Supplies to the Carlisle Indian School

Date: September 24, 1879

Herman Berg writes to Commissioner of Indian Affairs E. A. Hayt regarding the Government's intention to establish an Indian school in Carlisle. Berg requests the opportunity to furnish supplies to the school and states that he will provide ample bonds in order to fulfill any contract.

Note: This item was copied from U.S. National Archives microfilm reels (M234), which were filmed from the original documents found in Record Group 75, Entry 79, "Letters Received by the Office of Indian Affairs, 1824-80."

Repository: National Archives and Records Administration

Approval to Purchase $2,000 of Supplies for New Students

Date: October 1, 1879

Acting Secretary of the Interior A. Bell grants authority to purchase a list of articles and supplies, including bedding and clothing, amounting to $2,000, on the open market rather than through regular government contractors. This action was taken because, as the letter notes, the students needing the supplies are already currently on their way to the school. 

Note: This item was copied from U.S. National Archives microfilm reels (M234), which were filmed from the original documents found in Record Group 75, Entry 79, "Letters Received by the Office of Indian Affairs, 1824-80."

Repository: National Archives and Records Administration

List of Supplies and Articles Required at the Carlisle Indian School

Date: October 1, 1879

Acting Secretary of the Interior A. Bell writes to the Commissioner of Indian Affairs, returning and approving lists of articles and supplies required at the Carlisle Indian School to be purchased either under contract or through the open market. The lists are attached.

Note: This item was copied from U.S. National Archives microfilm reels (M234), which were filmed from the original documents found in Record Group 75, Entry 79, "Letters Received by the Office of Indian Affairs, 1824-80."

Repository: National Archives and Records Administration

Update on Recruitment from Rosebud and Pine Ridge Agencies

Date: October 2, 1879

Telegram from Richard Henry Pratt, at 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 he will proceed on to Carlisle. The note suggests that Pratt was due to rendezvous with "C" (probably agent Charles Crissey), who was recruiting student for the Hampton Institute, but that Pratt is going on ahead without him.

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Application for Employment from Edward Bloeden

Date: October 2 - December 8, 1879

Edward Bloeden writes to U.S. Indian Inspector William J. Pollock looking for a job, so Pollock forwards Bloden's letter to Richard Henry Pratt. Pratt forwards Bloeden's letter to Commissioner of Indian Affairs E. A. Hayt and states that he doesn't know him well but believes he could be a good employee for the Carlisle Indian School.

Note: This item was copied from U.S. National Archives microfilm reels (M234), which were filmed from the original documents found in Record Group 75, Entry 79, "Letters Received by the Office of Indian Affairs, 1824-80."

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Transmission of Articles to be Purchased for Carlisle Barracks

Date: October 2, 1879

Frank D. Karr, Superintendent of Warehouse, transmits a list of articles to be purchased for the Carlisle Barracks and asks the Commissioner of Indian Affairs for shipping directions.

Note: This item was copied from U.S. National Archives microfilm reels (M234), which were filmed from the original documents found in Record Group 75, Entry 79, "Letters Received by the Office of Indian Affairs, 1824-80."

Repository: National Archives and Records Administration

Telegram Regarding Orders to Recruit for Hampton

Date: October 3, 1879

Telegram from Richard Henry Pratt in Onawa, Iowa, to the Commissioner of Indian Affairs following up on a previous message regarding his orders to recruit a party of students for the Hampton Institute. Pratt notifies the Commissioner that he has started his return journey.

Repository: National Archives and Records Administration

Notice of Arrival of First Group of Students

Date: October 6, 1879

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.

Repository: National Archives and Records Administration

Materials Request for Picket Fence

Date: October 6, 1879

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.

Repository: National Archives and Records Administration

Need for Clarifying Information on Requested Supplies for Carlisle Indian School

Date: October 7, 1879

Frank D. Karr, Superintendent of Warehouse, states that his sewing machine contractor E. J. Howard does not have the Wilcox & Gibbs sewing machine requested for the Carlisle Indian School and asks the Commissioner of Indian Affairs what he should do. He also asks for more information about a requested horse carriage and hose and recommends the fire buckets be made from rubber instead of leather.

Note: This item was copied from U.S. National Archives microfilm reels (M234), which were filmed from the original documents found in Record Group 75, Entry 79, "Letters Received by the Office of Indian Affairs, 1824-80."

Repository: National Archives and Records Administration

Rate for Shipping Supplies to Carlisle Indian School

Date: October 8, 1879

Frank D. Karr, Superintendent of Warehouse, informs the Commissioner of Indian Affairs that the rate for shipping freight to the Carlisle Indian School is $0.90 per 100 pounds. Karr further requests that the mark to be placed on the goods to be shipped to Carlisle be provided to him.

Note: This item was copied from U.S. National Archives microfilm reels (M234), which were filmed from the original documents found in Record Group 75, Entry 79, "Letters Received by the Office of Indian Affairs, 1824-80."

Repository: National Archives and Records Administration

Shipping Rates from New York to Carlisle Indian School

Date: October 8 - October 11, 1879

Frank D. Karr, Superintendent of Warehouse, encloses two letters, one of which relates to shipping organs to Yankton Agency and the other by N. L. Douglass relating to shipping rates to the Carlisle Indian School. Pennsylvania Railroad Company Agent Douglass provides a list of shipping rates from New York to Carlisle. As these rates are the lowest he's seen, Karr recommends using Douglass .

Note: This item was copied from U.S. National Archives microfilm reels (M234), which were filmed from the original documents found in Record Group 75, Entry 79, "Letters Received by the Office of Indian Affairs, 1824-80."

Repository: National Archives and Records Administration

Request for Postage Stamps

Date: October 8, 1879

Request from Richard Henry Pratt for postage stamps, for use on official school business.

Repository: National Archives and Records Administration

Request for Funds for Food and Travel

Date: October 8, 1879

Telegram from Richard Henry Pratt to the Commissioner of Indian Affairs requesting $2000 for food at the Carlisle Indian School and to cover expenses for a recruitment trip in the West. Pratt notes that he is leaving for Winfield, Kansas soon.

Repository: National Archives and Records Administration

Request for Expedited Supplies Shipment

Date: October 9, 1879

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

Repository: National Archives and Records Administration

Pratt Informs of Changes in Plans to Escort Recruited Students

Date: October 9, 1879

Richard H. Pratt writes to Commissioner of Indian Affairs Ezra Hayt regarding a board to appraise property at the Carlisle Barracks. Pratt notes that, because of the timing of this visit, he will be unable to meet a group of recruited students in the West as planned, and instead suggests sending teachers Alfred J. Standing and Sarah Mather. Pratt discusses need for support from chiefs for recruitment, and also notes the presence of journalists around the school looking for information.

Repository: National Archives and Records Administration

Question Regarding an Order for 140 Heavy Blankets

Date: October 10, 1879

Wilson & Bradbury Dry Goods Commission Merchants informs Commissioner of Indian Affairs E. A. Hayt that they received an order from Carlisle for 140 heavy blankets. While those blankets could be manufactured, there are a variety of other blankets that they could send immediately. The merchants ask Hayt what they should do.

Note: This item was copied from U.S. National Archives microfilm reels (M234), which were filmed from the original documents found in Record Group 75, Entry 79, "Letters Received by the Office of Indian Affairs, 1824-80."

Repository: National Archives and Records Administration

Requesting Funds for Repairs and Furniture

Date: October 10, 1879

Telegram from Richard Henry Pratt requesting funds from the Commissioner of Indian Affairs. The funds were needs for repairs, the construction of a fence, and the purchase of school and bedding furniture.

Repository: National Archives and Records Administration

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