Possibility of Sending Indian School Graduates to Penn State

May 16, 1918 - June 8, 1918

Carlisle Indian School Principal Teacher C. W. Blair writes to Pennsylvania State College Registrar Professor A. H. Espenshade about designing curriculum that would prepare students to attend college. He sends an example of what classes an Indian School student would take and asks Blair if that coursework would get them into Penn State.

Espenshade sends Blair a copy of Penn State's catalogue and informs him that graduated from a four year high school should be sufficient for admission. He also critiques Blair's curriculum a bit to make a candidate more suitable for admission, but generally, he "heartily approves" of Blair's addition of two years of additional school to prepare students for college. 

Superintendent John Francis Jr. encloses Blair and Espenshade's correspondence to Commissioner of Indian Affairs Cato Sells and argues that a small number of Carlisle seniors could be admitted to Penn State and really benefit from an agriculture or home economics degree. Sells tells Francis that graduates who want more education should simply attend a Pennsylvania high school.

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National Archives and Records Administration
RG 75, CCF Entry 121, #44645-1918-Carlisle-810
Possibility of Sending Indian School Graduates to Penn State