Pratt, Richard Henry

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Denial of Authority to Engage in Indian Education in Oregon
July 23, 1879 - August 1, 1879

Secretary of War George W. McCrary informs Assistant Secretary of the Interior A. Bell that he does not have authority to allow Lieutenant Melville C. Wilkinson to engage in Indian education as Richard Henry Pratt is already in that line of work. Instead, Wilkinson will be sent to a college in...

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Per-Student Funding and Establishment of School at Carlisle
August 4, 1879

Letter from Richard Henry Pratt to Commissioner of Indian Affairs Ezra A. Hayt suggesting an increase in the per-student funding afforded by the government to Indian schools. Pratt also encourages the Commissioner to continue pursuing Congressional approval for the opening of an Indian school at...

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Order to Recruit Sioux, Kiowa, Comanche, Cheyenne, and Arapaho Students
August 22, 1879

Commissioner of Indian Affairs E. A. Hayt instructs the Acting Commissioner to allow Richard Henry Pratt to select 70 students from Sioux Nations and 30 from the Kiowa, Comanche, Cheyenne, and Arapaho Nations.

Note: This item was copied from U.S. National Archives microfilm reels (M234),...

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Transfer of Carlisle Barracks from War Department to Interior Department
August 22, 1879

Adjutant General E. D. Townsend states that the Secretary of War has approved the Secretary of the Interior's request to transfer the Carlisle Barracks from the War Department to the Interior. The Barracks will be used as a school for Indian children and will be under the charge of Richard Henry...

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Special Order to Appraise Property Transferred from Department of War to Interior
August 23, 1879 - October 14, 1879

The Chief Clerk for the Secretary of War forwards a series of documents to the Secretary of the Interior regarding the transfer of the Carlisle Barracks from the War Department to the Interior Department. First, Adjutant General E. D. Townsend issues Special Orders No. 194 stating that Richard...

Format: Legal and Government Documents, Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Authority for Pratt to Bring Hampton Students to Carlisle
August 25, 1879

Acting Secretary of the Interior A. Bell informs the Commissioner of Indian Affairs that he is giving permission to Lieutenant Richard Henry Pratt to proceed to Lee, Massachusetts. Bell notes that Pratt will secure current Hampton Institute students who are on outing and take them to the...

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Order to Transfer all "Movable Property" at Carlisle Barracks to the Bureau of Indian Affairs
August 30, 1879 - September 9, 1879

Adjutant General E. D. Townsend informs the Commanding General of the Atlantic that the Secretary of War George W. McCrary has ordered that all "movable property" at the Carlisle Barracks be turned over to the Indian Bureau as part of the transfer of the Barracks from the War to Interior...

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Estimate of Cost for Repairing Buildings at Carlisle Barracks for Indian School
September 2, 1879

Richard H. Pratt forwards an estimate of cost for necessary repairs to the buildings at the Carlisle Barracks. These repairs, which are needed to prepare the buildings for use by the Carlisle Indian School, are estimated to cost $1,399.00.

Note: This item was copied from U.S. National...

Format: Financial Documents, Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Pratt Authorized to Recruit Students for Carlisle and Take Charge of the Barracks for the School
September 6, 1879

Acting Secretary of the Interior A. Bell informs the Commissioner of Indian Affairs that the War Department has transferred the buildings at the Carlisle Barracks to the Interior Department and that Special Agent Richard Henry Pratt is authorized to create an Indian school at the Barracks using...

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Account for Transit Expenses from Florida
September 8, 1879

Letter from Richard Henry Pratt to the Commissioner of Indian Affairs, transferring his account of travel expenses from Florida. Immediately before this time, Pratt had been sent to Florida to locate, enumerate, and report on the condition of the Native Americans there. 

Format: Financial Documents, Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Forwarding Supplementary Property Return Forms
September 10, 1879

Richard Henry Pratt forwards his Supplementary Property Return forms to the Commissioner of Indian Affairs.

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Notice Regarding Need for Supplies
September 10, 1879

Correspondence from Superintendent Pratt to Commissioner of Indian Affairs Ezra Hayt noting that any communication regarding supplies will receive immediate attention.

Other documents from this same time period attest to Pratt's desperate need for supplies at Carlisle Barracks, before the...

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Request for Supplies and Repairs at Carlisle Barracks
September 10, 1879

Letter from Richard Henry Pratt informing the Commissioner of Indian Affairs that he has received funds for a recruitment trip out West, and will set off that day. Pratt also requests supplies be sent to the Carlisle Barracks in preparation for his arrival with students, and asks for permission...

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Impact of Sending Sick Students Home from Hampton on Recruitment for Carlisle
September 11, 1879

Letter from Richard Henry Pratt to Acting Commissioner of Indian Affairs Edwin J. Brooks regarding sick students discharged from the Hampton Institute. Pratt insists that too many boys were sent home, against his and the doctor's advice, and asserts that Spotted Tail and Red Cloud will be less...

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Approval to Purchase $2,000 of Supplies for New Students
October 1, 1879

Acting Secretary of the Interior A. Bell grants authority to purchase a list of articles and supplies, including bedding and clothing, amounting to $2,000, on the open market rather than through regular government contractors. This action was taken because, as the letter notes, the students...

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Application for Employment from Edward Bloeden
October 2 - December 8, 1879

Edward Bloeden writes to U.S. Indian Inspector William J. Pollock looking for a job, so Pollock forwards Bloden's letter to Richard Henry Pratt. Pratt forwards Bloeden's letter to Commissioner of Indian Affairs E. A. Hayt and states that he doesn't know him well but believes he could be a good...

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Update on Recruitment from Rosebud and Pine Ridge Agencies
October 2, 1879

Telegram from Richard Henry Pratt, at the Yankton Agency, to the Commissioner of Indian Affairs informing him that 47 boys and 17 girls from Rosebud as well as 12 boys and 6 girls from Pine Ridge have been recruited. Pratt notes that he will proceed on to Carlisle. The note suggests that Pratt...

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Telegram Regarding Orders to Recruit for Hampton
October 3, 1879

Telegram from Richard Henry Pratt in Onawa, Iowa, to the Commissioner of Indian Affairs following up on a previous message regarding his orders to recruit a party of students for the Hampton Institute. Pratt notifies the Commissioner that he has started his return journey.

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Materials Request for Picket Fence
October 6, 1879

Telegram from Richard Henry Pratt to the Commissioner of Indian Affairs requesting materials and funds to erect a "picket fence six feet high to keep Indians in and citizens out" of the Carlisle Indian School campus.

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Notice of Arrival of First Group of Students
October 6, 1879

Telegram from Richard Henry Pratt informing the Commissioner of Indian Affairs that he has arrived in Carlisle with the first party of students. Pratt also asks about his previous requests for supplies and rations, which have gone unanswered.

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Request for Funds for Food and Travel
October 8, 1879

Telegram from Richard Henry Pratt to the Commissioner of Indian Affairs requesting $2000 for food at the Carlisle Indian School and to cover expenses for a recruitment trip in the West. Pratt notes that he is leaving for Winfield, Kansas soon.

Format: Financial Documents, Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Pratt Informs of Changes in Plans to Escort Recruited Students
October 9, 1879

Richard H. Pratt writes to Commissioner of Indian Affairs Ezra Hayt regarding a board to appraise property at the Carlisle Barracks. Pratt notes that, because of the timing of this visit, he will be unable to meet a group of recruited students in the West as planned, and instead suggests sending...

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Request for Expedited Supplies Shipment
October 9, 1879

Telegram from Richard Henry Pratt to the Commissioner of Indian Affairs asking for a quick response to outstanding requests for supplies.

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Contract for Water Supply at Carlisle Barracks
October 10, 1879

Richard Henry Pratt forwards a copy of a letter from the Carlisle Gas and Water Company regarding cost of water while the Barracks is occupied. Pratt requests permission to resume payment of a long-standing water contract, as requested by the company.

Format: Financial Documents, Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Requesting Funds for Repairs and Furniture
October 10, 1879

Telegram from Richard Henry Pratt requesting funds from the Commissioner of Indian Affairs. The funds were needs for repairs, the construction of a fence, and the purchase of school and bedding furniture.

Format: Financial Documents, Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration

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