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Excerpt from Annual Report of the Commissioner of Indian Affairs, 1899
1899

An excerpt from the Annual Report of the Commissioner of Indian Affairs to the Secretary of the Interior for the fiscal year ending 1899, containing the Twentieth Annual Report of the Carlisle Indian Industrial School. The report, submitted by Superintendent Richard Henry Pratt, includes a...

Repository: Dickinson College Archives & Special Collections
Excerpt from Annual Report of the Commissioner of Indian Affairs, 1901
1901

An excerpt from the Annual Report of the Commissioner of Indian Affairs to the Secretary of the Interior for the fiscal year ending 1901, containing the Twenty-Second Annual Report of the Carlisle Indian Industrial School. The report, submitted by Superintendent Richard Henry Pratt, includes a...

Repository: Dickinson College Archives & Special Collections
Transmission of Revised Statutes to Pratt
March 18, 1880

Assistant Secretary of the Interior A. Bell sends a copy of the Revised Statutes to the Commissioner of Indian Affairs and asks the Commissioner to forward it to Richard Henry Pratt at the Carlisle Indian School.

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

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Pratt's Recommendations on Proposed Rules for Indian Schools
July 8, 1890

Richard Henry Pratt returns the Rules for Indian Schools with a few recommendations. Pratt's main recommendation is that students should be as strongly encouraged as possible to enter the general public school system rather than establishing a separate Indian public school system. In addition,...

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Question on how to Handle New Office Policy Regarding Public Schools
August 5, 1890

Richard Henry Pratt forwards a clip from the Washington Evening Star regarding a policy change that the Office of Indian Affairs will pay $10 per quarter for Indian students attending public schools. Pratt notes that he was going to publish this clip in the school newspaper but refrained due to...

Format: Letters/Correspondence, Newspapers and Magazines
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Pratt Responds to BIA Policy Change Regarding Student Recruitment
March 3, 1891 - March 10, 1891

Richard Henry Pratt forwards a letter from Henry A. Kennerly regarding an order from the Commissioner of Indian Affairs that discouraged the transfer of mixed blood students to Carlisle. Kennerly notes that unless this order is modified he could not come up with a party of students.

Pratt...

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Pratt Proposes Paying Teachers to Attend Summer School
March 9, 1892

Richard Henry Pratt proposes to the Office of Indian Affairs that teachers in the Indian Service be paid to attend a summer school in addition to their one month of paid leave.

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Pratt Responds to Revision of Study for Indian Schools
August 8, 1892

Richard Henry Pratt responds to an Office of Indian Affairs letter in reference to a revision in the course of study for Indian schools. Pratt details the current course of study at the Carlisle Indian School and notes that the change in policy would require an additional two years of study. In...

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Rules Regarding Paying Student Employees, March 1905
March 30, 1905

Captain William A. Mercer acknowledges receipt of a circular from the Commissioner of Indian Affairs mandating that "authorized Indian Irregular Employees" must be paid at the end of each week.

Mercer argues that this new rule should not apply to Carlisle because students are only hired...

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Over-18 Enrollment Policies and Philomena Badger
September 9, 1907 - March 25, 1908

These materials include correspondence regarding the re-enrollment of Philomena Badger. Badger's re-enrollment was the cause of clarification on the enrollment policy of pupils over the age of 18. Philomena re-enrolled at Carlisle when she was 18 years old, against the wishes of her guardian;...

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Request for Return Home of Old Town Reservation Student
October 8-19, 1907

These materials include correspondence regarding the return of a student from the Old Town Indian Reservation in Maine. Carlisle's superintendent initially denied the request, before the Office of Indian Affairs determined that the school should not focus on educating students who were not under...

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Return of Richmond Martin and Discontinuance of Enrollment of Pupils from New York State
May 12, 1908 - May 12, 1909

These materials include correspondence regarding the return home of Richmond Martin to New York. The documents also discuss in detail new Bureau of Indian Affairs policies related to the discontinued enrollment of pupils from New York State as well as pupils of a young age.

Format: Letters/Correspondence, Reports
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Dispute Regarding Release of New York Students
June 24, 1908 - September 28, 1908

These materials contain correspondence regarding a dispute about the release of students from New York State, as pursuant to Bureau of Indian Affairs policy changes regarding the enrollment of students from New York.

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Proposal to Change Appointment Procedures
April 4, 1909

These materials include a letter from Acting Commissioner of Indian Affairs Robert Valentine to Carlisle's Superintendent, Moses Friedman, proposing a change to how employment appointments are made for the Carlisle Indian School. Valentine suggested bringing Carlisle's appointment policies in...

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Request to Enroll Student from Alaska
July 20, 1909 - August 2, 1909

These materials include correspondence regarding a request to enroll a student from Alaska. The request was denied due to appropriations not being allocated to educate Alaskan students in the Continental United States.

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Draft of 30th Annual Report of the Carlisle Indian School
July 31, 1909 - August 6, 1909

These materials include correspondence and a draft of Superintendent Friedman's 30th Annual Report for the Carlisle Indian School, reflecting the period ending July 31, 1909. Friedman forwarded the draft to a Bureau official, along with information on how to have news published in Carlisle's...

Format: Financial Documents, Legal and Government Documents, Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Request for Enrollment of Canadian Citizen
March 24-28, 1910

These materials include correspondence regarding a request from Cary W. Hartman to enroll at Carlisle a Native student from Canada. The request was denied by the Commissioner of Indian Affairs due to the fact that the student was not a ward of the United States or an American Citizen. He...

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Change in Consideration Procedure for Overage Applicants
October 14, 1910

These materials include a letter from Assistant Commissioner of Indian Affairs F. H. Abbott to Carlisle Superintendent Moses Friedman, suggesting that future applications from overaged individuals be forwarded to the Bureau for expedited consideration.

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Inspection Report on Record Keeping at the Carlisle Indian School
February 20, 1911 - October 6, 1911

These materials include correspondence and reports on the record keeping system for student files at the Carlisle Indian School. Supervisor of Indian Schools Charles F. Pierce was critical of the decentralized nature of the student file records. Pierce recommended that Nellie Robertson Denny, a...

Format: Letters/Correspondence, Reports
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Federal Enrollment Policy Changes Regarding Public Schools
April 14-20, 1911

These materials include correspondence regarding the enrollment of students at the Carlisle Indian School. Commissioner of Indian Affairs R. G. Valentine directed Superintendent Moses Friedman to only accept students who had no access to public schools. Further emphasis was noted that students...

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Grade-Level Restrictions for Enrolled Pupils
April 14, 1911 - July 14, 1911

These materials include correspondence regarding an order from R. G. Valentine, Commissioner of Indian Affairs, to accept no students not able to enter the third grade. Superintendent Moses Friedman, of the Carlisle Indian School, objected to the plan claiming the present age restrictions were...

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Report on Ineligible Students at Carlisle
April 14, 1911 - December 5, 1911

These materials include correspondence and reports from Supervisor of Indian Schools, Charles F. Peirce, listing 69 pupils as ineligible for enrollment at the Carlisle Indian School. Peirce recommended they be dismissed from the school as a result. Additional correspondence regards the...

Format: Letters/Correspondence, Reports
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Retention of Tubercular Pupils at Carlisle
September 23-27, 1911

This document contains correspondence concerning the retention of students with tuberculosis at boarding schools including Carlisle. Indian Service officials including Joseph Murphy, Medical Supervisor and Ferdinand Shoemaker, Physicial Expert in Tuberculosis and Trachoma for the Indian Service...

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Report on Pupil Heritage
January 20, 1912

These materials include correspondence regarding students' heritage. Specifically, officials sought information on students' blood quantum, as changing policy barred the enrollment of students considered to have less than one-fourth degree Indian blood. Also included are total enrollment...

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Question Regarding Eligibility of Students with Black Heritage
September 25, 1912 - December 13, 1912

These materials include correspondence regarding a question from Hattie Martin, of Haverford, Pennsylvania, on whether Indian students with black heritage were excluded from enrolling in the Carlisle Indian School. School and federal officials debated on how to respond. Carlisle Superintendent...

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

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