Younger Students in Sloyd Classroom, 1901

Younger male and female students posed in the Sloyd Classroom. 

Sloyd is a system of handicraft-based education thought to build character and encourage moral behavior, greater intelligence, and industriousness.  

In 1901 the Bureau of Indian Affairs contracted with the photographer Frances Benjamin Johnston to document the school at Carlisle for an exhibit at the Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo, New York. Johnston visited the school in the spring of that year and took at least one hundred photographs. When the school closed in 1918, two albums of Johnston's photographs were sent to the Pennsylvania State Museum, which transferred them to the Cumberland County Historical Society in 1934. This is one of the images from those albums.

This image with the caption SLOYD CLASS, SMALLEST PUPILS appears in The Indian Industrial School, Carlisle, Pa.: 23rd Year (Carlisle, PA: The School, 1902) [p.83].

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Campus Spaces
Frances Benjamin Johnston, Washington, DC