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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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Pratt's Belief that his Pay is Inadequate

Date: December 15, 1879

Richard Henry Pratt writes to Commissioner of Indian Affairs E. A. Hayt regarding his pay. Pratt references a conversation he had with Mr. Brooks regarding his personal expenses, and Pratt argues that his pay is inadequate for the needs of his position.

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

Estimate for Stationary, December 1879

Date: December 15, 1879

Richard Henry Pratt requests a six-month supply of two dozen different blank administrative forms used by the United States Indian Affairs division of the Department of the Interior.

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

Financial Papers, First Quarter 1880

Date: December 17, 1879

Richard Henry Pratt forwards a series of financial papers for the quarter ending September 30, 1879

Note the papers are not 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

Requisition for Blanks and Blank Books, December 1879

Date: December 18, 1879

Richard Henry Pratt requests a six-month supply of various blank administrative forms used by the United States Indian Affairs division of the Department of the Interior.

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

Pratt Won't Screen Students' Letters Home

Date: December 19, 1879

Richard Henry Pratt writes to Commissioner of Indian Affairs Ezra Hayt, responding to a forwarded letter from Major Pollock of the Rosebud Agency. Pratt argues against screening students' letters home, suggesting that it would harm the government's relationship with their parents and chiefs. Pratt also addresses students' written complaints about clothing, noting that new custom-fitted suits are being made for all male students.

Repository: National Archives and Records Administration

Permission to Photograph Buildings and Students for Parents

Date: December 22, 1879

Secretary of the Interior Carl Schurz grants permission for Captain Richard H. Pratt to spend $100 on taking photographs of Carlisle Indian School buildings and students to send to the students' parents.

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

Acknowledgement of Receipt of Five Crusts of Vaccine Virus

Date: December 22, 1879

Richard H. Pratt acknowledges receipt of five crusts of vaccine virus.

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

Special Estimate for Stationary, December 1879

Date: December 23, 1879

Richard H. Pratt transmits a "Special" Estimate for Stationary form for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1880. 

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

Completion of the School Chapel

Date: December 24, 1879

Richard Henry Pratt informs Commissioner of Indian Affairs E. A. Hayt that the construction of the chapel and assembly room is completed and will be where the school holds its Christmas celebration. Pratt accepts the building as a gift from the Department of the Interior and invites Hayt to join them for the holiday.

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

Topics: Student Health

Request to Permanently Hire Dr. J. J. Bender

Date: December 27, 1879

Richard Henry 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 .

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

Question Regarding Carlisle's Employment of a Homeopathic Physician

Date: December 29, 1879 - January 3, 1880

R. L. Sibbet, a citizen of Carlisle, asks why the Carlisle Indian School is employing a homeopathic physician instead of a doctor that practices "rational medicine."

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

Urgent Requests for Funds for Chapel

Date: December 30, 1879

Richard Henry Pratt writes two letters to officials at the Bureau of Indian Affairs, inquiring why needed funds for the construction of the chapel have not been provided. In the first letter, to Commissioner of Indian Affairs Ezra Hayt, Pratt notes that he has borrowed money to fill the financial gap. In the second letter, to Edwin J. Brooks, Pratt complains that his numerous official letters still go unanswered. Pratt also notes that the school is ready to be inspected, that the sick list is trivial, and that students are happy.

Repository: National Archives and Records Administration

Receipt for Milburn Wagon

Date: January 1, 1880

Richard Henry Pratt acknowledges receipt of a Milburn wagon. A note indicates that this is a copy of the original receipt.

Repository: National Archives and Records Administration

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Status of Medical Supplies Transferred to Interior Department

Date: January 2, 1880

Comptroller W. W. Lipton refers to an account in favor of the War Department for $630.78 for medical and hospital supplies transferred to the Interior Department as part of the transfer of the Carlisle Barracks from the War to Interior to establish the Carlisle Indian School. Lipton states that he has no evidence that the transfer of medical supplies has been made and requests the original receipt for them.

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

Employment Application for Olive Roberts as Teacher

Date: 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 notes that many of his teachers are giving up because of the hard work of educating Carlisle's students.

Repository: National Archives and Records Administration

Telegram Requesting Trip to Washington Regarding Farm

Date: January 5, 1880

Richard Henry Pratt telegrams the Commissioner of Indian Affairs asking for permission to come to Washington that day to discuss school matters, including a farm and industrial training.

Repository: National Archives and Records Administration

Topics: School Farms

Invoice for Stationary

Date: January 8-10, 1880

Commissioner of Indian Affairs Ezra A. Hayt sends Lieutenant Richard H. Pratt a six-month supply of two dozen different blank administrative forms used by the United States Indian Affairs division of the Department of the Interior. Pratt acknowledges the receipt of the stationary.

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

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Full Report on Pratt's Trip to Recruit Students from Sisseton, Green Bay, and Lapointe Agencies

Date: January 9, 1880

Richard Henry Pratt provides a report on his trip to Wisconsin and Dakota to recruit new students. Pratt notes that he first went to the Green Bay Agency and secured five students, but the enthusiasm among the parents was so strong that he could' have easily recruited twenty-five. Second, he visited the La Pointe Agency and instructed Green Bay Agent Stephens and La Pointe Agent Mahan to arrange for delegations of Oneidas to meet him in Milwaukee. Third, he went to the Sisseton Agency where he secured more students even though they were a little "unfavorable" to the school because Chief Renville's son died while a student at Carlisle. After Sisseton, Pratt traveled to Milwaukee, where he met Agent Mahan and his delegation. All of Agent Stephens' potential students had backed out, but Pratt now had fifteen total students. He informs the Commissioner that he knows he was sent to secure students for Hampton Institute or Carlisle Indian School, but the Menominee, Sisseton, and Chippewa all expressly preferred Carlisle.

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

Report of Beef Consumed by Rosebud Delegation

Date: January 10, 1880

Richard Henry Pratt reports that the Rosebud delegation that visited Carlisle consumed 1,103 pounds of beef during their visit.

Repository: National Archives and Records Administration

Sending Former Ft. Marion Prisoners Home

Date: January 12, 1880

Richard Henry Pratt writes to Commissioner of Indian Affairs Ezra Hayt suggesting the return home of the former Ft. Marion prisoners, who had gone to Hampton and then Carlisle following their release. Pratt notes that they have been very helpful both at Carlisle and in general in generating good will among their people, and that sending them home will enable them to continue to help civilize their people. Because of their service and to assist them in providing good examples, Pratt requests funding to provide for their transportation home and to outfit them with basic agricultural equipment. 

Repository: National Archives and Records Administration

Invoice for Shipment of Ink Bottles

Date: January 12, 1880

Lieutenant Richard H. Pratt acknowledges receipt of 24 dozen bottles of ink and one box by Adams Express.

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 to Purchase

Date: January 15, 1880

Richard Henry Pratt writes to Commissioner of Indian Affairs Ezra Hayt, requesting permission to purchase the listed supplies for the school. Some of the supplies had already been purchased for immediate use. The request includes construction materials, repairs to buildings and the ambulance, books, scientific and medical supplies, industrial equipment, and a coffin. The coffin would have been for student Amos LaFramboise (Sioux).

Repository: National Archives and Records Administration

Necessary Coal Purchase for First Quarter 1880

Date: January 20, 1880

Richard Henry Pratt reports that he was forced to purchase coal on the open market, above his pre-approved limit, due to a shortage for the first quarter of 1880.

Repository: National Archives and Records Administration

Request to Travel to Appear at House Committee on Indian Affairs

Date: January 23, 1880

Richard Henry Pratt requests an order to travel to Washington from Commissioner of Indian Affairs Ezra Hayt. Pratt notes that he was requested to appear before the House Committee on Indian Affairs.

Repository: National Archives and Records Administration

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Offer to Teach Indian Students at a Soldiers' Orphans School

Date: January 23, 1880

J. A. Moore, Principal of the Soldiers' Orphan School of Cumberland County, writes to Secretary of the Interior Carl Schurz regarding the possibility of sending Indian students to his school or one of the other soldiers' orphan schools in Pennsylvania. Moore informs Schurz that his school is near the Carlisle Indian School, and he recognizes how difficult it is to teach large numbers of Indian students at the school. Moore believes that the students would find similar success levels at a soldiers' orphan school as at Carlisle, and he refers Schurz to State Superintendent of Soldiers' Orphans Schools J. P. Wickershaw.

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

Topics: Local Schools

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