Sanitary Inspection, April 1880

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."

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Sanitary Inspection, April 1880