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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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Idea to Establish an Indian School in Gettysburg

Date: March 9, 1880

Andrew J. Koser informs the Secretary of the Interior that he visited the Carlisle Indian School, which he thinks is a "noble move toward civilization" and more effective than reservation schools. He proposes the idea of purchasing the building formerly housing the Orphans Home in Gettysburg to establish a new Indian boarding 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

Suggestion to Build Heating Boiler

Date: March 12, 1880

Richard Henry Pratt suggests to the Commissioner of Indian Affairs that constructing a boiler for heating would be more efficient and less laborious.

Repository: National Archives and Records Administration

Additional Coal Purchase for First Quarter 1880

Date: March 13, 1880

Richard Henry Pratt informs the Commissioner of Indian Affairs that the approved expenditure for coal for the first quarter of 1880 did not meet the school's needs. Pratt requests funds to purchase additional coal for the first quarter, and refers to a previous letter on the subject.

Repository: National Archives and Records Administration

Request for Additional Student Postage Allowance

Date: March 13, 1880

Richard Henry Pratt requests additional money for postage of student letters from the Commissioner of Indian Affairs. Pratt states that letter-writing increases student moral and supports the school's reputation among their families and tribes.

Repository: National Archives and Records Administration

Request for Funds for Kitchen and Laundry Renovations

Date: March 13, 1880

Richard Henry Pratt requests funds for the renovation of the mess hall, kitchen, and laundry. Pratt notes that the school's increasing student population necessitates these renovations, and describes which buildings will be added and renovated.

Repository: National Archives and Records Administration

Special Estimate of Funds, First Quarter 1880

Date: March 13, 1880

Richard Henry Pratt submits a "Special" Estimate of Funds form amounting to $3,075.25 for areas covering employee salary, clothing, water, coal, and chapel.

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 of Funds, Second Quarter 1880

Date: March 16, 1880

Estimate of funds for the second quarter of 1880 amounting to $11,350 for areas covering subsistence, employee pay, repairs, clothing, mechanical industries, supplies, and contingencies.

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

Suggestion to Build an Indian School in Nebraska

Date: March 16, 1880 - March 22, 1880

Mattie G. Reynolds writes to Richard Henry Pratt asking for a position at the Carlisle Indian School in sewing or as a sewing teacher or assistant matron. Reynolds, who formerly worked with the Pawnees in a variety of roles, additionally describes a large building that was formerly used as a manual labor school for the Pawnees. Reynolds believes it could be converted to an Indian school. Pratt forwards Reynolds' letter to the Commissioner and relays a suggestion from Marianna Burgess, a teacher at Carlisle familiar with the building Reynold describes, that $500 would be enough to repair and convert the building. Burgess believes it could accommodate 80 students and would make a great boys or girls school for Indians in Nebraska.

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 Funds for Dormitory Furniture

Date: March 16, 1880

Based on a discussion with the Secretary of the Interior and the Acting Commissioner of Indian Affairs, Richard Henry Pratt requests funds for the purchase of 110 sets of dormitory furniture on the open market.

Repository: National Archives and Records Administration

Transmission of Revised Statutes to Pratt

Date: March 18, 1880

Assistant Secretary of the Interior A. Bell sends a copy of the Revised Statutes to the Commissioner of Indian Affairs and asks the Commissioner to forward it to Richard Henry Pratt at 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."

Repository: National Archives and Records Administration

Notice of Death of Henry Jones

Date: March 19, 1880

Dr. J. S. Bender notifies Richard Henry Pratt of the death of Henry Jones, a member of the Iowa Nation, due to advanced endocarditis. Dr. Bender notes that a post-mortem examination was performed alongside local physician Dr. J. R. Bixler. Pratt forwards this notice to the Commissioner of Indian Affairs.

Repository: National Archives and Records Administration

Declination of Request to Allow Officer to Recruit Students

Date: March 24, 1880 - March 29, 1880

Secretary of War Alexander Ramsey informs Secretary of the Interior Carl Schurz that he is declining the Commissioner of Indian Affairs' request to allow Lieutenant George LeRoy Brown to recruit Indian students from Nations in Colorado and New Mexico and transport them to the Carlisle Indian School because it is not a military duty. Schurz encloses Ramsey's letter to the Commissioner.

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 Hire Teacher Jennie L. Woodbury

Date: March 24, 1880

Richard Henry Pratt states that he has had trouble finding quality teachers but recently found Jennie L. Woodbury, who started on March 11 for $45 per month. Pratt strongly urges Commissioner of Affairs R. E. Trowbridge to approve this hire and wage.

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 Sanitary Inspection

Date: March 26, 1880

Richard Henry Pratt asks the Commissioner of Indian Affairs to send Dr. Kellogg to inspect the sanitary conditions at the Carlisle Indian School and to inspect and consult with him on the precautions that they should be taking.

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

Claim for $2.35 from February Irregular Employees Report

Date: March 29, 1880

Richard Henry Pratt writes to the Commissioner of Indian Affairs regarding a disallowed sum of $2.35 from his February irregular employees report. Pratt explains the error and transmits a new and corrected report.

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 Transportation of 11 Indians to Carlisle

Date: March 29, 1880

A. J. Standing informs the Commissioner of Indian Affairs that he's escorting 11 Indians to Carlisle and requests transportation for his party and himself.

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

Copy of Descriptive Statement of Pupils from the Kiowa, Comanche, and Wichita Agency, 1880

Date: April 1, 1880 - June 21, 1883

Richard Henry Pratt provides a copy of the Description of Party brought to the Carlisle Indian School by A. J. Standing on April 1, 1880.

Repository: National Archives and Records Administration

Pratt's Ability to Personally Recruit Students in New Mexico and Colorado

Date: April 2, 1880

Richard Henry Pratt references the detail of Lieutenant Brown and informs the Commissioner of Indian Affairs that he can recruit students from New Mexico and Colorado in person after the Dakota Chiefs visit 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."

Repository: National Archives and Records Administration

Attention Called to Special Estimate of Funds, First Quarter 1880

Date: April 3, 1880

Richard Henry Pratt asks that the funds requested in his special estimate of funds for the first quarter of 1880 be sent immediately.

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 Cover A. J. Standing's Expenses

Date: April 5, 1880

Richard Henry Pratt informs the Commissioner of Indian Affairs that A. J. Standing incurred $206.80 in expenses. Pratt asks that the funds be placed on his next remittance.

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: Finance

A. J. Standing's Report from his Trip to Indian Territory

Date: April 5, 1880

Richard Henry Pratt forwards to the Commissioner of Indian Affairs A. J. Standing's report on his trip to Indian Territory in March 1880. Standing left on March 2nd accompanied by Pauskie (Comanche), White Bear and Cohoe (Cheyenne and Arapaho Agency), and Tonekeuh (Kiowa and Comanche Agency). Standing learned that Pauskie had already been married when her agent sent her to Carlisle, so he left her with her family. In reference to an order to recruit 10 students from the Kiowa and Comanche Agency, Standing states that, though the Kiowa and Comanche were friendly to him and trusting of the government, some people did not want to send their children to the Carlisle Indian School for a variety of reasons: the terms are too long, they want their chiefs to visit the school first, and they might not ever see them again because it is so far away. Despite this, Standing was able to secure 10 students from other parents and chiefs that were more enthusiastic about the school. Standing also remarks that most of the objections come from parents, while generally children had a "general desire" to attend the school. In sum, Standing believes that the Carlisle Indian School "supplies a want" for "the more intelligent of all the tribes" and recommends that representatives from the Kiowa, Wichita, and Caddo nations be allowed to visit the school in the coming months.

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 Recruit 50 Navajo Students

Date: April 8, 1880

Richard Henry Pratt argues to the Secretary of the Interior Carl Schurz that his approval for the school to recruit 15 Navajo students is insufficient, and he would like to recruit 50. Pratt writes that the Presbyterian Church has had 10 years to educate the Navajo nation and has failed to make significant progress, but if the Carlisle Indian School recruits a large number of Navajo students, it will put pressure on the Presbyterians to work harder.

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

Voucher Covering A. J. Standing's Expenses

Date: April 9, 1880

Richard Henry Pratt transmits a copy of a voucher that covers all the items of expense from A. J. Standing's trip that Pratt paid for.

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: Funding, Travel, Finance

Request for Authority to Cover $4,850 of Expenses

Date: April 9, 1880

Richard Henry Pratt acknowledges receipt of the Commissioner of Indian Affairs' statement of funds that covers some of the Carlisle Indian School's expenses during the first and second quarter of fiscal year 1879-1880. Pratt requests authority to use funds for five other expenses amounting to $4,850.00 from the same period of time.

Repository: National Archives and Records Administration

Request to Cover Indispensable Expenses, First Quarter 1880

Date: April 9, 1880

Richard Henry Pratt requests Commissioner of Indian Affairs R. E. Trowbridge's approval for purchases made during the first quarter of 1880 amounting to $1,163.59. The purchases were not covered on the quarter's estimate of funds but were "indispensable" to the Carlisle Indian School, so Pratt purchased them with money on hand.

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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