Willard, George: Student Files

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James R. Wheelock Student File

Student file of James Riley Wheelock, a member of the Oneida Nation, who entered the school on August 30, 1889 and ultimately departed on June 30, 1897. The student did not attend the school continuously, but left and reentered. The file contains student information cards, financial transactions, a photograph, returned student survey, news clippings, a report after leaving, and letters/correspondence. The file indicates Wheelock was the bandmaster and assistant printer at the Carlisle Indian School for five years, was the proprietor and conductor of Wheelock's Concert Band in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania from 1907 to 1910, and the conductor of the Hagerstown Municipal Band in Hagerstown, Maryland in 1917.

Note: These documents were found filed at the U.S. National Archives in the same folder as documents related to a different James Wheelock.

Repository: National Archives and Records Administration

George Willard Student File

Student file of George Willard, a member of the Alaskan Nation, who entered the school on April 21, 1898, and departed on February 8, 1905.  The file contains student information cards, a photograph attached to a returned student survey, correspondence, a former student response postcard, and a report after leaving indicating that, from 1913 to 1917, Willard was working as a printer in Syracuse, New York.

In a postcard sent back to the school in 1913 Willard identified himself as a member of the Chinook or Puyallup nation. He wrote: "Upon entering the school was enrolled as an Alaskan which was my mistake by not knowing of my real tribe so please rectify the mistake as my home is Seattle Washington according to my present knowledge." 

Repository: National Archives and Records Administration

George Willard Student Information Card

Student information card of George Willard, a member of the Alaskan and Puyallup Nations, who entered the school on April 21, 1898 and departed on February 8, 1905. The file indicates Willard was living in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Syracuse, New York in 1913 and Syracuse, New York in 1917.

Repository: National Archives and Records Administration