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The Indian Helper (Vol. 2, No. 14)
November 12, 1886

The first page opened with a poem titled "A Fourteen-Year-Old Girl's Good Advice," followed by an article called "The Menomonees and Pottawatomies Dance: A Story by Lucy Jordan, Stockbridge, a pupil from Wisconsin," that told of an 1882 visit by dancers to her home agency in Keshena, Wisconsin....

Repository: Cumberland County Historical Society
The Indian Helper (Vol. 2, No. 27)
February 11, 1887

The first page opened with the poem, "New Every Morning" by Susan Coolidge, followed by "Good Words from a Blind Young Man," which was a typewritten letter sent by Joseph Link, student of the Institution of the Blind, to Charles Wheelock (Oneida). There was also an article reprinted from the...

Repository: Cumberland County Historical Society
The Indian Helper (Vol. 3, No. 24)
January 27, 1888

The first page opened with a poem, "Dare," followed by a story, "Engines and Boys," that reported the arrival by train of the new fire engine called "Uncle Sam." Then came a piece entitled, "Be Neat," on the importance of being neat and orderly. It continued on page four. Page two reported the...

Repository: Dickinson College Archives & Special Collections
The Indian Helper (Vol. 4, No. 18)
December 14, 1888

The first page opened with a poem titled “How To Make Up,” followed by an article reprinted from The Sabbath School Visitor titled “Playthings of the Indian Children.” Next came a letter from Nancy Cornelius (Oneida) titled “Items of Interest From Nancy Cornelius,” which was sent from the...

Repository: Dickinson College Archives & Special Collections
The Indian Helper (Vol. 4, No. 31)
March 22, 1889

The first page began with a poem titled, “True Heroism,” followed by a fictional conversation among two Indian School students, Tom and Phil as reported by the Man-On-The-Band-Stand. In the moralizing story, continued on the fourth page, Phil sets a good example by keeping the Outing System...

Repository: Cumberland County Historical Society
The Indian Helper (Vol. 4, No. 36)
April 26, 1889

The first page opened with a poem "The Printer-Boy Tramp” by Will Carleton, followed by “Encouraging Prospects” about Luther Kuhns at the Pawnee Agency. Next came “A Man Who was not Afraid to Work” on how General Washington set an example for his corporal. Also on the page was an article titled...

Repository: Cumberland County Historical Society
Recommendation for John D. Miles to be Appointed Superintendent of Haskell
December 8, 1888

Richard Henry Pratt provides a recommendation for John D. Miles to fill the position of Superintendent of the Haskell Institute. Pratt writes that Miles had the best schools of any agency he dealt with and that Miles would be the best man for the job. Pratt ends by noting that only someone who...

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Pratt Makes Limited Report on the Haskell Indian School
July 12, 1890

Richard Henry Pratt in compliance with a request from the Office of Indian Affairs regarding the Haskell Indian School. Pratt notes that upon his arrival in San Francisco from his recent trip to Japan he received a letter from Haskell Superintendent Charles Francis Meserve asking him to stop at...

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Abe Somers Requests Transfer from Haskell to Carlisle
October 16, 1893

Former student Abe Somers requests to transfer from the Haskell Institute to re-enroll at the Carlisle Indian School.

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Pratt Provides Information and Recommendation for Ernest Robitaille
June 16, 1900

Richard Henry Pratt provides background information and a recommendation for Ernest Robitaille as an Industrial Teacher and Band Instructor at the Haskell Institute.

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Proposal Related to Runaway Students Enrolling at Different Schools
August 7, 1900

Richard Henry Pratt proposes the Office of Indian Affairs send out instructions banning the enrollment of students who have runaway from another non-reservation school. He particularly notes a previous case related to the Haskell Institute.

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Former Carlisle Students Now at Haskell
October 9, 1902

Richard Henry Pratt informs W. A. Jones that a number of former Carlisle Indian School students are now attending the Haskell Indian School in the normal or commercial departments or connected with their football team.

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
New Hospital Building at Carlisle
April 15, 1905 - May 10, 1905

Correspondence and memorandums regarding the building of a new hospital building at the Carlisle Indian School based on the Haskell Institute Hospital.

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Mercer Willing to Enroll Earl Clarence Davis at Carlisle
July 24, 1905

William A. Mercer discusses the enrollment of Earl Clarence Davis at the Carlisle Indian School.

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Correspondence Regarding Native Americans in the U.S. Military
April 9, 1906 - December 19, 1907

Robert Shaw Oliver, Acting Secretary of War, returns papers related to the Carlisle Indian School preparing students for the United States Cavalry. Included are William A. Mercer's original plan along with comments by the Office of Indian Affairs and a final ruling by the Acting Judge-Advocate...

Format: Letters/Correspondence, Newspapers and Magazines
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Transfer of Nurses between Carlisle Indian School and Haskell Institute
December 7, 1907 - December 12, 1907

Carlisle Indian School Superintendent William A. Mercer requests that the Commissioner of Indian Affairs order the mutual transfer of nurses between his school and the Haskell Institute.  Acting Commissioner of Indian Affairs C. F. Larrabee writes to mercer and Haskell Institute Superintendent H...

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Correspondence Regarding Superintendent Friedman's Transfer to Carlisle
January 16, 1908 - April 3, 1909

These materials include numerous letters regarding Moses Friedman's transfer from the Assistant Superintendence at Haskell Institute to the Superintendence of the Carlisle Indian School. Friedman replaces Major William A. Mercer, who is required to return to his military regiment. As part of his...

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Regarding the Assistant Matron Vacancy
May 29, 1908

Superintendent Moses Friedman states that he doesn't have an assistant matron to fill the vacancy after Lola E. Pierson declined the appointment but recommends that the woman be able to use a typewriter. The Commissioner of Indian Affairs acknowledges Friedman's letter and request to review...

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Transfer of Haskell Clerk to Carlisle and Carlisle Clerk to Chilocco
June 8-20, 1908

Harvey K. Meyer, assistant clerk at Haskell Institute, requests to transfer to Carlisle and asks for a recommendation from Carlisle Indian School Superintendent Moses Friedman, who recently transferred from Haskell himself. Haskell Superintendent Peairs and Friedman endorse Meyer's request....

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Accusation that Superintendent Friedman is Stealing Haskell Institute Employees
June 27 - July 21, 1908

Haskell Institute baker John E. Olson applies to transfer to the Carlisle Indian School to be their baker and to secure a raise from his $540 annual salary. Carlisle Superintendent Moses Friedman tells Olson that he could pay him $600, but Olson declines the appointment because he wanted to make...

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Complaints Regarding the Process of Indian School Employee Transfers
March 12, 1912 - December 16, 1912

Superintendent Moses Friedman tells the Commissioner of Indian Affairs that he believes that Indian school superintendents should not offer positions to other schools' employees and then revoke their offers after the employees accept. Friedman forwards correspondence in which this happened to...

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Transfer of Willie Connell's Children
April 3-10, 1914

These materials include correspondence regarding the transfer of the children of Willie Connell from Carlisle to the Haskell Institute in Lawrence, Kansas.

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Correspondence Regarding Richard Kesetta
July 20, 1918 - February 28, 1923

These materials include correspondence regarding the custody of Richard Kesetta upon the closing of the Carlisle School. Additional correspondence relates to Kesetta's life after the school closed, including attempts to have him enrolled in the Haskell Institute as well as an inquiry made by...

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Search for Indian Baseball Pitchers
April 27, 1926 - May 4, 1926

T. H. Schimfessel asks the "Athletic Coach" at the Carlisle Indian School if he knew of any good pitchers because he is organizing an all-Indian baseball team to tour the east coast. Assistant Commissioner of Indian Affairs E. B. Meritt informs Schimfessel that the school closed in 1918 and...

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
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