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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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Sanitary Inspection, April 1880

Date: April 11, 1880

George Kellogg of the Medical Division of the Bureau of Indian Affairs provides a sanitary report on the buildings, appliances, and children at the Carlisle Indian School. He recommends replacing some old brick drains with terra cotta pipes. He finds the buildings to be of a satisfactory condition, particularly commending the hospital - though he thinks they should have more warm rations. He believes that the students should be given "more thorough physical examinations" before leaving their reservations and that four particular students should be sent home due to their severe cases of scrofula. He argues that the school is "not a hospital" and should primarily be educating healthy students. According to Kellogg, one student currently in the hospital is likely going to die, and two other students have died since the opening of the school. Overall, he be believes Dr. J. S. Bender has done a "satisfactory" job. He describes the buildings as well, approving the conditions of the dormitories, laundry, school rooms, and dining room. He remarks that student behavior in the dining room is good and comments on the students' use of silverware. He observes the students organizing themselves into "cliques," based on their first language. In sum, Kellogg is very impressed with the conditions 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

Plan for Reverend Sheldon Jackson to Recruit Southwestern Students

Date: April 12, 1880

Richard Henry Pratt approves the Commissioner of Indian Affairs' suggestion that General Agent for the Presbyterian Board of Missions Sheldon Jackson should recruit and send students from Colorado and New Mexico to the Carlisle Indian School. Pratt states that Jackson recently visited Carlisle and is familiar with what types of students the school is looking for, and it would allow him to stay at the school rather than leaving for long periods of time to recruit 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

Enclosure of The Southern Workman Newspaper

Date: April 14, 1880

Wrapper for Samuel C. Armstrong's letter forwarding a copy of the newspaper, The Southern Workman, which details some of the work for Indians done at Hampton Institute and the Carlisle Indian School to the Commissioner of Indian Affairs Trowbridge.

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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Request to Hire Instructor to Start Student Band

Date: April 17, 1880

Richard Henry Pratt informs Commissioner of Indian Affairs R. E. Trowbridge that when the late and former Commissioner, E. A. Hayt, visited the school several months ago, he recommended that Pratt hire an instructor and start a student band at the Carlisle Indian School. Pratt has finally found an instructor and requests Trowbridge's approval to hire them and purchase instruments.

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 Purchase Chairs and Desks

Date: April 17, 1880

Richard Henry Pratt requests authority to purchase 300 dining room stools, 72 desks, 30 rear seats, and 5 teacher's desks amounting to $545

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

Desire to Start Indian School in Gettysburg

Date: April 19, 1880 - April 21, 1880

A. J. Koser informs Representative J. C. Beltzhoover that he visited the Carlisle Indian School and liked it so much that he'd like to establish an Indian school for 140 students in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania at a former Soldiers Homestead. Beltzhoover forwards Roses' letter to the Commissioner of Indian Affairs.

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 Purchase Materials to Build a Carriage

Date: April 23, 1880

Richard Henry Pratt requests to spend $65 on materials for his blacksmith and wagonmaker to make a carriage to travel to the town of Carlisle and the surrounding countryside.

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 Friends of the School to Visit when Chiefs Do

Date: April 24, 1880

Richard Henry Pratt asks Commissioner of Indian Affairs R. E. Trowbridge to set the date when chiefs visit the Carlisle Indian School so that "friends of the school" can visit at the same time.

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

Plan to Establish Indian School in Gettysburg

Date: April 27, 1880

Andrew J. Koser informs Commissioner of Indian Affairs R. E. Trowbridge that he visited the Carlisle Indian School, which he thinks is a "grand success" and more effective than reservation schools. He proposes the idea of purchasing the building formerly housing the Soldiers and Orphans Homestead in Gettysburg to establish a new Indian boarding school for 140 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

Cash and Property Accounts, March 1880

Date: May 1880

Richard Henry Pratt lists the cash and property accounts for the quarter ending March 31, 1880 and forwards them to the Commissioner of Indian Affairs.

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's Request to Visit Washington, D. C.

Date: May 6, 1880

Richard Henry Pratt asks the Commissioner of Indian Affairs if he can visit him in Washington, D. C. to discuss 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

Issues with Receiving Hose, Pipes, and a Carriage

Date: May 7, 1880

Richard Henry Pratt describes the problems he's having with receiving rubber hose, hose pipes, and one hose carriage from September 1879's estimate for 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

Request to Send Etahdleuh to New York Hospital for Eye and Throat Issues

Date: May 7, 1880

Richard Henry Pratt requests to pay for Etahdleuh's traveling expenses to visit a hospital in Syracuse, New York. Pratt notes that Etahdleuh is suffering from eye and throat problems.

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's Request to Select Food for the School

Date: May 7, 1880

Richard Henry Pratt requests authority to purchase food for students instead of using the government-issued rations. Pratt requests to spend up to 17.5¢ per student per day and to be able to choose food for the students so that they can receive better nutrition.

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's Request for Authority to Return to Carlisle from Washington, D.C.

Date: May 12, 1880

Richard Henry Pratt requests authority to return to Carlisle from Washington, D.C.

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 Irregular Employees, April 1880

Date: May 15, 1880

Richard Henry Pratt forwards a monthly report of irregular employees for April 1880 to the Commissioner of Indian Affairs.

Note: The report itself was missing from the microfilm reels at the National Archives.

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 Visit Factories with Students and Dakota Families

Date: May 18, 1880

Richard Henry Pratt requests to spend $80 to transport students to the South Mountain to visit the iron works and paper mills and to have a picnic. Pratt would like to arrange this excursion when the Dakota chiefs and families are visiting.

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 Present Industrial Samples in New York City

Date: May 24, 1880

Richard Henry Pratt requests to present samples of the Carlisle Indian School's manufactured goods at the letting of contracts in New York.

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 Send Photographs to a Half-Indian, Half-Black Young Man

Date: May 25, 1880 - July 28, 1880

George W. Hendry informs Richard Henry Pratt that he knows a 21 year old man, who's half Indian and half Black, who is "dignified" and can speak English. He asks Pratt to send him pictures of Indian students and schools. Pratt forwards Hendry's letter to the Commissioner of Indian Affairs and informs him that he did send Hendry the pictures.

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

Plan for Hampton Institute Students to Go North for the Summer

Date: June 2, 1880

Richard Henry Pratt sends a telegram to Commissioner of Indian Affairs R. E. Trowbridge regarding 25 Hampton Institute students going north for the summer.

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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School Physician's Belief that 8 Students Should be Sent Home due to Poor Health

Date: June 2, 1880

J. S. Bender informs Richard Henry Pratt that he believes six to eight students should be returned to their homes because they have "incurable" conditions and will likely "die young." Pratt encloses and endorses Bender's requests to the Commissioner of Indian Affairs. In his cover letter, Pratt remarks that he wishes Nations would not send unhealthy students 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

Intention to Discharge Charles Lackett due to Misbehavior

Date: June 2, 1880 - June 5, 1880

Richard Henry Pratt encloses a letter from B. F. Berridge about Indians wanting to go to Washington, D.C. to visit Commissioner of Indian Affairs R. E. Trowbridge. In his cover letter, Pratt informs the Commissioner that he intends to discharge Charles Lackett due to his pension for "mischief."

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 of Funds, Second Quarter 1880

Date: June 3, 1880

Richard Henry Pratt submits a "Special" Estimate of Funds form for the second quarter of 1880 amounting to $1,100.80 for areas covering traveling expenses, supplies, contingencies, and clothing.

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 25 Cheyenne and Arapaho Students

Date: June 5, 1880

Richard Henry Pratt informs Commissioner of Indian Affairs R. E. Trowbridge that the Cheyenne & Arapaho Agent John D. Miles would like to send 25 students from his agency to the Carlisle Indian School. Miles added that he'd like several chiefs, including Northern Cheyenne Chief Little Chief, to accompany the party of students and that the parents from his agency are very supportive and proud of sending their children to be educated. Pratt requests that Commissioner Trowbridge approve Agent Miles' request and that 75% of the new students be female, and that they all receive medical exams before coming 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

Return of Medical Property, First Quarter 1880

Date: June 11, 1880

Richard H. Pratt transmits to Commissioner of Indian Affairs R. E. Trowbridge his Return of Medical Property form for the first quarter of 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

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