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Letter from Richard H. Pratt to Cornelius R. Agnew, October 21, 1886
October 21, 1886

Superintendent Richard Henry Pratt writes to Doctor Cornelius Rea Agnew regarding attempts to get a Mr. Moody to visit Carlisle.  Pratt also mentions that 75 or more Florida Apache prisoner children are expected to arrive at the school soon, and that the school was recently inspected by a Mrs....

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: Dickinson College Archives & Special Collections
"An Evening with the Carlisle Indian School"
January 15, 1887

An invitation for a series of exercises, performed by Carlisle Indian School students, which include industrial demonstrations, recitations, songs, drawings, and a debate.  The event was billed as a way to show "the capacity of the Indian to receive education," and was open to the general public...

Format: Memorabilia and Ephemera
Repository: Dickinson College Archives & Special Collections
Letter from "The Indian Helper" to Robert Kegerreis
March 22, 1887

"The Indian Helper," probably a pseudonym for a student editor of The Indian Helper newspaper, writes to Robert Kegerreis regarding a missing issue of the magazine.  The letter also includes two small doodles.  Transcript included.

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: Dickinson College Archives & Special Collections
Letter from Richard H. Pratt to Cornelius R. Agnew, September 30, 1887
September 30, 1887

Superintendent Richard Henry Pratt writes to Doctor Cornelius Rea Agnew regarding a colt halter which Agnew requested.  Pratt also mentions that "while the learned friends of the Aboriginee are making paths for us to walk in, I am at home attending to business."  This letter is part of a series...

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: Dickinson College Archives & Special Collections
Letter from Richard H. Pratt to Cornelius R. Agnew, January 31, 1888
January 31, 1888

Superintendent Richard Henry Pratt writes to Doctor Cornelius Rea Agnew discussing a controversy over uniform styles to be used during peacetime.  Pratt also mentions possible changes in the administration of the Indian Service.  This letter is part of a series of related correspondence which...

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: Dickinson College Archives & Special Collections
Letter from Richard H. Pratt to Cornelius R. Agnew, February 4, 1888
February 4, 1888

Superintendent Richard Henry Pratt writes to Doctor Cornelius Rea Angew informing him of his inability to attend an event, due to an attempt to secure an appropriation to build a school building and barn.  This letter is part of a series of related correspondence which can be found using the...

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: Dickinson College Archives & Special Collections
Poster for Mary Kolbe the Elocutionist
February 8, 1896

This poster advertises the performance of Mary Kolbe, "the little nine year old elocutionist," who was assisted by the Carlisle Indian School Band.  The event was held at Bosler Hall at Dickinson College on February 8, 1896. 

Format: Broadsides and Posters
Repository: Dickinson College Archives & Special Collections
1897 Commencement Invitation and Brief Program
March 9-11, 1897

An invitation to the Eighteenth Anniversary and Ninth Graduating Exercises held at the Carlisle Indian Industrial School on March 9-11, 1897. A program for the three day event is printed on the reverse side.  The invitation is for a Miss Hemminger.

Format: Memorabilia and Ephemera
Repository: Dickinson College Archives & Special Collections
1897 Commencement Program
March 11, 1897

The commencement program for the Eighteenth Anniversary and Ninth Graduating Exercises of the Indian Industrial School at Carlisle, Pennsylvania.  The program includes a schedule of events as well as a photograph of the graduating class of 1897.

Format: Memorabilia and Ephemera
Repository: Dickinson College Archives & Special Collections
1898 Commencement Invitation and Brief Program
March 1-3, 1898

An invitation for a Professor Heckman, probably Edgar Rohrer Heckman of Dickinson Preparatory School, to attend the 1898 commencement ceremony. It was the Nineteenth Anniversary and the Tenth Graduating Exercises of the school. The first page is an invitation, and the reverse features the...

Format: Memorabilia and Ephemera
Repository: Dickinson College Archives & Special Collections
Outing Papers of William Moon
1903-1905

These materials include a copy of the Outing Rules that were signed on March 20, 1903 by William Moon and S. Reading Bodine. Also included are nine receipts to Bodine for salary paid to Moon as well as a request from Moon for funds to make purchase.

Format: Financial Documents, Legal and Government Documents
Repository: Dickinson College Archives & Special Collections
Representative Olmstead Speech on Carlisle Indian School
February 6, 1908

Pennsylvania Representative Marlin Olmstead delivers this speech on the Carlisle Indian School in the House of Representative on February 6, 1908.

Format: Speeches and Sermons
Repository: Dickinson College Archives & Special Collections
Carlisle Indian Band and Girls' Mandolin Club Musicale Program
April 1, 1908

The program for the Musicale, held by the Carlisle Indian Band and Girls' Mandolin Club.  A total of ten selections, plus the Star Spangled Banner, were performed under the direction of Claude M. Stauffer.  Photographs of both musical groups are featured on the program.

Format: Memorabilia and Ephemera
Repository: Dickinson College Archives & Special Collections
1908 Commencement Program
April 2, 1908

This program was distributed for the 1908 Commencement Exercises, which took place on Thursday, April 2nd. Inside features a portrait of Moses Friedman, the Superintendent, Francis E. Leupp, the Commissioner of Indian Affairs, Charles H. Dickson, the Supervisor-in Charge, as well as a portrait...

Format: Memorabilia and Ephemera
Repository: Dickinson College Archives & Special Collections
Carlisle Indian School Alumni Association Dinner Program, 1908
April 2, 1908

The program for the Carlisle Indian School Alumni Association dinner that is held on April 2, 1908.

Format: Books and Pamphlets
Repository: Dickinson College Archives & Special Collections
Mercer Literary Society Constitution and By-Laws, 1909
1909

Naomi Greensky's copy of the Mercer Literary Society's Constitution and By-Laws. This edition is from 1909.

Format: Books and Pamphlets
Repository: Dickinson College Archives & Special Collections
Quotation Cards
circa 1910

These eight notecards were printed by the students of the Carlisle Indian School at some unknown time.  They contain moral sayings or prayers, come in different sizes and colors, and may not have been printed at the same time.

Format: Memorabilia and Ephemera
Repository: Dickinson College Archives & Special Collections
Thanksgiving Service booklet, c.1910
circa 1910

Thanksgiving Service booklet with printed songs, readings and prayers, printed at the Carlisle Indian School Print Shop.

Format: Books and Pamphlets
Repository: Dickinson College Archives & Special Collections
Report for the Month of November 1911
December 20, 1911

This is a monthly report for filled out by the Carlisle Indian School administration for the Department of the Interior.  It is for the month of November, 1911, and includes ratings on a number of topics including the physical plant, cleanliness, truancy, moral conditions, and scholarship.  The...

Format: Reports
Repository: Dickinson College Archives & Special Collections
1913 Baccalaureate Program
March 30, 1913

This pamphlet for the 1913 Baccalaureate of the Carlisle Indian School includes the program for both the Baccalaureate Services and the Union Meeting of Christian Associations, which both took place on Sunday, March 30. A number of hymns and songs were performed for each service.

Format: Memorabilia and Ephemera
Repository: Dickinson College Archives & Special Collections
Commencement Concert program, 1913
April 1, 1913

Program for the commencement concert on April 1, 1913 by the Carlisle Indian School band.

Format: Books and Pamphlets
Repository: Dickinson College Archives & Special Collections
Mercer Literary Society Dance Card, 1913
December 13, 1913

Naomi Greensky's dance card for the Mercer Literary Society dance held on December 13, 1913.

Format: Memorabilia and Ephemera
Repository: Dickinson College Archives & Special Collections
Commencement Concert program, 1915
May 18, 1915

Naomi Greensky's program for the commencement concert on May 18, 1915 by the Carlisle Indian School band.

Format: Books and Pamphlets
Repository: Dickinson College Archives & Special Collections
1917 Commencement Program, The Continental Congress
May 23, 1917

This program was distributed for a performance by the students as part of the Commencement Exercises for 1917. The play, "The Continental Congress," is taken from McBrien's "America First," and the school borrowed the costumes for the performance. It surrounds the formation of the first...

Format: Memorabilia and Ephemera
Repository: Dickinson College Archives & Special Collections
Diploma of Sadie Metoxen
June 6, 1918

Sadie Metoxen received this diploma (course in Home Economics) during the commencement ceremonies held at the Carlisle Indian School on June 6, 1918.

This diploma was donated by the Jerry Lappin family in 2018.

Format: Memorabilia and Ephemera
Repository: Dickinson College Archives & Special Collections

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