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Approval to Purchase Bedding, Furniture, and Kitchen Supplies
October 31, 1879

Secretary of the Interior Carl Schurz grants Richard Henry Pratt authority to purchase a list of supplies amounting to $1,998.25 on the open market. The list of supplies mostly includes bedding, furniture, and kitchen supplies.

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

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Authority for Pratt to Visit Washington, D.C.
October 31, 1879

Secretary of the Interior Carl Schurz grants authority for Richard Henry Pratt to visit Washington, D.C. to discuss the newly-established Carlisle Indian School.

Note: This item was copied from U.S. National Archives microfilm reels (M234), which were filmed from the original documents...

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Request for Authority to Purchase Student Clothing and Personal Supplies
October 31, 1879

Richard Henry Pratt writes to Commissioner of Indian Affairs Ezra A. Hayt requesting authority to purchase personal supplies for students, including clothing and tolietries for both males and females.

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Request for Cooking Range
October 31, 1879

Richard Henry Pratt requests that a cooking range with a 300-person capacity be supplied to the Carlisle Indian School.

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Request for Dormitory Furniture
October 31, 1879

Richard Henry Pratt writes to Commissioner of Indian Affairs Ezra A. Hayt requesting authority to purchase dormitory furniture immediately needed at the Carlisle Indian School.

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Request for Authority to Purchase Postage Stamps for Student Letters
November 1, 1879

Richard H. Pratt submits a "Special" Estimate of Supplies for the fourth quarter of fiscal year 1879 amounting to $24.99, allowing Pratt to purchase postage stamps. The form includes a note that the postage stamps will allow students to write to their family and friends. An explanatory cover...

Format: Financial Documents, Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Request for Fund Transfer for Salaries and Debts
November 4, 1879

Richard Henry Pratt writes to Commissioner of Indian Affairs Ezra Hayt, requesting $4000 be transferred to his credit for the purposes of settling debts and paying owed salaries. A note in the file suggests that the Commissioner had a total of $7000 transferred into Pratt's account.

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Transportation of Four Students and Cheyenne Chief
November 4, 1879

Agent Charles Crissey informs Commissioner of Indian Affairs E. A. Hayt that Agent Stephens is there with two students for the Carlisle Indian School and two for Hampton Institute. Crissey notes that he is also with Cheyenne Chief Little No Heart, who would like see the school. Crissey asks if...

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Urgent Request for Cold-Weather Clothing
November 4, 1879

Richard Henry Pratt writes to Commissioner of Indian Affairs Ezra Hayt, requesting permission to spend $1000 on cold weather clothing for students. Pratt notes that supplies requested two months previous had not yet arrived, and that cold weather had set in at Carlisle.

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Request for Fund Transfer for Supplies Purchases
November 5, 1879

Richard Henry Pratt requests approved funds be transferred to his credit, so that supplies can be purchased.

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Cases of Supplies en route to Carlisle Indian School
November 6, 1879

Frank D. Karr, Superintendent of Warehouse, informs the Commissioner of Indian Affairs that one case has shipped to Carlisle and that he has invoices for two more, which he will ship immediately.

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

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Notice of Arrival of Sioux and Menominee Students
November 6, 1879

Telegram from Richard Henry Pratt noting the arrival of Agent Crissey with Sisseton, Standing Rock, and Cheyenne River Sioux children, Green Bay Menominee children, and Chief Little No Heart at Carlisle. Pratt suggests that all these children should be sent to the Hampton Institute.

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Request for Transfer of Menominee Boys from Carlisle to Hampton
November 6-19, 1879

Richard Henry Pratt forwards to the Commissioner of Indian Affairs a letter, sent to General Samuel Armstrong of the Hampton Institute by Green Bay agent E. Stephens. Stephens requests that two students just sent to Carlisle, Joseph Wishecoppy [Wisecoby] and Moses Nonway, be sent to Hampton to...

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Complaint Regarding Quality of Student Clothing
November 7, 1879

Richard Henry Pratt writes to Commissioner of Indian Affairs Ezra Hayt regarding the quality of clothing provided to Carlisle Indian School students. Pratt complains that the partial order of clothing he received from the Bureau is not durable or warm enough, and leaves students uncomfortable...

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Retaining Sisseton Sioux and Menominee Students at Carlisle
November 7, 1879

Richard Henry Pratt informs Commissioner of Indian Affairs Ezra Hayt that, at the request of Hampton Institute director General Samuel Armstrong, six Sisseton Sioux children and two Menominee boys from Green Bay, Wisconsin will be retained at Carlisle. Their addition increases the school's...

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Authority to Purchase Postage Stamps for Student Use
November 11, 1879

Secretary of the Interior Carl Schurz grants Richard Henry Pratt authority to purchase $25 of stamps for students to use to correspond with their parents.

Note: This item was copied from U.S. National Archives microfilm reels (M234), which were filmed from the original documents found in...

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Acknowledgement of Received Supplies
November 12, 1879

Richard Henry Pratt acknowledges receipt of numerous boxes of clothing and other supplies, including an organ for the chapel.

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Authority to Purchase a Cooking Range, Clothing, and Furniture
November 12, 1879

Secretary of the Interior Carl Schurz authorizes Richard Henry Pratt to visit New York City and spend $2,000 to purchase a cooking range, clothing, furniture, and supplies.

Note: This item was copied from U.S. National Archives microfilm reels (M234), which were filmed from the original...

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Organization of Boys into Companies, Arrival of Bedding, and Construction on Chapel
November 13, 1879

Richard H. Pratt provides updates on the progress he's made since Sunday. Most notably, Pratt has organized the male students into companies, and they now occupy eight rooms instead of five, the bedding has arrived, and they've started building the foundation for the chapel and assembly room....

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Report on First Two Parties of Students Brought to the Carlisle Indian School
November 13, 1879

Captain Richard Henry Pratt writes to Ezra H. Hayt, Commissioner of Indian Affairs, regarding the first group of Sioux, Ponca, Pawnee, Kiowa, Comanche, Wichita, Seminole, Cheyenne, and Arapahoe children and young adults brought to the Carlisle Indian School. Pratt offers a detailed description...

Format: Letters/Correspondence, Reports
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Estimate of Cost and Blueprints for Chapel and Assembly Room
November 15-17, 1879

Samuel Wetzel, Superintendent of Building and Repairs, prepares a blueprint and estimate of cost, amounting to $1,165.94, for the chapel and assembly room. Richard H. Pratt forwards both documents to Commissioner of Indian Affairs E. A. Hayt and includes an explanatory cover letter.

Format: Blueprints/Architectural Drawings, Financial Documents, Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Refers to Board of Survey Transferring Public Property to Indian Department
November 15, 1879

Refers to proceeding of a Board of Survey at Carlisle Barracks of Public Property transferred to Indian Department. 

Note no document is attached.

Note: This item was copied from U.S. National Archives microfilm reels (M234), which were filmed from the original documents found in...

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Dispute over Beef Pricing for Recruited Students at Rosebud Agency
November 16, 1879 - December 24, 1879

Richard Henry Pratt forwards two letters to Commissioner of Indian Affairs E. A. Hayt and gives his side of the story regarding a disagreement over the price of beef supplied for the students recruited for Carlisle while they waited at the Rosebud Agency. Included is a letter from William Huston...

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Request to Enroll Seneca Student
November 17, 1879

Richard Henry Pratt forwards to the Commissioner of Indian Affairs a letter, penned by James E. Rhodes of Germantown, Pennsylvania. Rhodes asks if the son of one of his Seneca friends, John Kennedy, might be allowed to enroll at Carlisle. Pratt notes that he is willing to accept the boy, if the...

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Request to Purchase 140 Vaccines for Students
November 19, 1879

Surgeon J. H. Frantz informs Richard Henry Pratt that only 30 of the 158 students have been vaccinated. Pratt forwards Frantz's comments to the Commissioner of Indian Affairs and requests to purchase 140 vaccines.

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

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration

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