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The Indian Helper (Vol. 2, No. 28)
February 18, 1887

The first page opened with the poem, "You Conquer Me, Me Conquer You" followed by a letter from Rev. Edward F. Wilson of the Shingwauk Home titled "An Indian School in Canada," which described Wilson’s report to the Indian Department of Canada on his visit to Carlisle, the Lincoln Institute and...

Repository: Cumberland County Historical Society
The Indian Helper (Vol. 4, No. 11)
October 26, 1888

The first page opens with an untitled poem. The next article titled “Peter Powlass,” contains a letter with news about events at the Oneida, Wisconsin Reservation written by former student, Peter Powlass. It is followed by “U.S. Congress,” that reported the schedule of the Fiftieth Congress....

Repository: Cumberland County Historical Society
The Indian Helper (Vol. 4, No. 18)
December 14, 1888

The first page opened with a poem titled “How To Make Up,” followed by an article reprinted from The Sabbath School Visitor titled “Playthings of the Indian Children.” Next came a letter from Nancy Cornelius (Oneida) titled “Items of Interest From Nancy Cornelius,” which was sent from the...

Repository: Dickinson College Archives & Special Collections
The Indian Helper (Vol. 4, No. 24)
February 1, 1889

The first page began with an untitled poem that opened with the first line “We can never be too careful,” followed by “Which Would You Rather Be a Spider or a Fly? / The White Man Like a Spider,” an account of Mr. Seger’s description of the idiosyncrasies of language translation. It continued on...

Repository: Cumberland County Historical Society
The School News (Vol. 1, No. 11)
April 1881

The opening article was written by Michael Burns (Apache), and focused on “The Indian Question.” In it he explains how many Indians falsely believe that white men are wiser simply because they are born white, and argues that their wisdom comes not from their skin color, but from more easily...

Repository: Cumberland County Historical Society
Monthly School Report for January 1880
January 31, 1880

Two duplicate copies of the monthly school report for January 1880, submitted by the Carlisle Indian Training School to the Bureau of Indian Affairs. The report includes a list of employees, a count of students by Nation/Tribe, descriptions of the educational program, and Superintendent Richard...

Format: Reports
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Description of the Grounds, Buildings, Industries and Aims of the Carlisle Indian Training School
February 23, 1880

Richard Henry Pratt reports on the buildings, grounds, industrial curriculum, and overall aims of the Carlisle Indian Training School. The report includes descriptions of building sizes and purposes, industrial capabilities, and the efforts then underway to establish Congressional approval for...

Format: Photographs, Reports
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Richard H. Pratt Recommendations for School Enrollment Rules
February 24, 1880

Richard Henry Pratt writes to the Commissioner of Indian Affairs regarding a desire by the Secretary of the Interior to increase enrollment at Carlisle. Pratt suggests that a number of new rules be adopted regarding students' ages, gender ratio, and health. Pratt also suggests that the children...

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Request to Recruit 50 Navajo Students
April 8, 1880

Richard Henry Pratt argues to the Secretary of the Interior Carl Schurz that his approval for the school to recruit 15 Navajo students is insufficient, and he would like to recruit 50. Pratt writes that the Presbyterian Church has had 10 years to educate the Navajo nation and has failed to make...

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Request to Recruit Kiowa, Comanche, Apache, and Wichita Students
July 22, 1880

Richard Henry Pratt informs Acting Commissioner of Indian Affairs E. J. Brooks that he has been promised Tsodearko that the Carlisle Indian School has room for additional students from the Comanche Nation. Pratt adds that the school has room for more than 100 more students and that he would be...

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Recruitment of Navajo, Pueblo, and Ute Students
September 25, 1880

Richard Henry Pratt states that the Carlisle Indian School currently has 196 students with 20 Navajos and 10 Pueblos on the way, increasing enrollment to 226. He believes that they have room for 300 total students and requests that Major Berry and Colonel Page try to convince the Utes to send 50...

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Monthly School Report for September 1882
October 2, 1882

Richard Henry Pratt submits this Monthly School Report for September 1882.

Format: Reports
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Monthly School Report for October 1882
October 31, 1882

Richard H. Pratt submits this Monthly School Report for October 1882.

Format: Reports
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Monthly School Report for November 1882
November 30, 1882

Richard Henry Pratt submits this Monthly School Report for November 1882, which includes a list of text books used for the academic education, industrial trades taught, information on the recruitment of students from Pine Ridge and Rosebud Agencies, and enrollment by Nation.

Format: Reports
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Response to Request for Information by the Office of Indian Affairs
April 20, 1886

Richard Henry Pratt supplies the information requested by the Office of Indian Affairs including the fact the Carlisle Indian School can enroll 550 students for the next fiscal year including 425 students at the school and 125 on outing. Also included is the list of industries taught to the...

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
School Statistics Accompanying the Annual Report, 1886
July 31, 1886

School Statistics Accompanying the Annual Report for the 1886 Fiscal Year.

Format: Reports
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Capacity of the Carlisle Indian School in 1888
September 21, 1888

Alfred John Standing follows up on a conversation he had in Washington D.C. with A. B. Upshaw, Acting Commissioner of Indian Affairs, that the Carlisle Indian School has a capacity for 650 students. Its current enrollment is 538 students.

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Pratt Replies to Office Circular Letter Related to Securing Pupils for Training Schools
December 11, 1888

Richard Henry Pratt replies to Office of Indian Affairs circular number 21 in regards to securing pupils for the large circular industrial schools. Pratt provides his opinion on the eligibility of students for enrollment at Indian Training Schools as well as the view that the transfer should be...

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Tenth Annual Report of the Carlisle Indian School
September 1, 1889

Richard Henry Pratt submits his tenth Annual Report for the Carlisle Indian School on September 1, 1889 to the Office of Indian Affairs. Included are statistics related to the school followed up a report from Pratt that provides a brief history followed by the enrollment statistics for the...

Format: Letters/Correspondence, Reports
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Enrollment Figures for January 1890 and Previous Quarter
January 2, 1890

Richard Henry Pratt provides the Office of Indian Affairs with the attendance figures for the Carlisle Indian School in January 1890 and for the last quarter.

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Pratt Responds to Office Circular Regarding Physical Plant and Supplies
February 25, 1890

Richard Henry Pratt responds to an Office of Indian Affairs circular by providing answers related to the Carlisle Indian School focused on the buildings and grounds as well as providing enrollment statistics. Additionally, included are lists of supplies including furniture in various buildings,...

Format: Blueprints/Architectural Drawings, Letters/Correspondence, Reports
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Possible Total Enrollment for the 1890-1891 School Year
February 27, 1890

Richard Henry Pratt responds to a prior conversation with the Commissioner of Indian Affairs regarding the number of students for the upcoming 1890-1891 school year. Pratt notes that it would likely be less than 75 students who will be returned home at the end of the school year leaving the...

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Inspection Report of James A. Cooper of the Carlisle Indian School
March 5, 1890

James A. Cooper provides his report to the Office of Indian Affairs regarding his inspection of the Carlisle Indian School. Cooper covers the buildings, the number of pupils, the staff, clothing and diet of students, and discipline. Cooper also covers the industrial and traditional educations at...

Format: Reports
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Quarterly Attendance Report for Quarter Ending March 31, 1890
April 1, 1890

Alfred John Standing submits the Carlisle Indian School quarterly attendance report for the quarter ending March 31, 1890. Standing indicates that there were 722 students enrolled at the school at the end of the period.

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Plan to Increase Enrollment to 1000 Students for 1890-1891 School Year
May 31, 1890

Alfred John Standing responds to an Office of Indian Affairs letter regarding a plan to increase enrollment at the Carlisle Indian School from 778 students at present to 1000 at the beginning of the next year after 75 students return home. Standing provides information on which Agencies can send...

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

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