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Eadle Keatah Toh (Vol. 1, No. 3)
May 1880

Page one opened with information, including statistics, from the Annual Report of the Commissioner of Indian Affairs about Carlisle and other schools as reported by Indian agents. Page two contains more arguments for, and accounts of support for, educating Indian youth. The article "Our Dining...

Repository: Cumberland County Historical Society
Female students posed behind outdoor cooking grill at Camp Sells, c. 1913

Female students posed in rows, standing in front of the dining pavilion. In the foreground a black man stands beside an outdoor cooking grill with pots and pans on it. Another man stands, wiping his face, beside a pile of wood. At far left a female student in Native-style clothing poses with a...

Format: Glass Plate Negative
Repository: Cumberland County Historical Society
Report of Beef Consumed by Rosebud Delegation
January 10, 1880

Richard Henry Pratt reports that the Rosebud delegation that visited Carlisle consumed 1,103 pounds of beef during their visit.

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Correspondence Related to Claims from New York Students About Lack of Food
November 26, 1892 - December 13, 1892

Correspondence related to claims from parents on the Cattaraugus Reservation of children at the Carlisle Indian School related to the return of their children. A. W. Ferrin, U.S. Indian Agent for New York Indians, relative to their claims from their children that they do not receive enough food...

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Pratt Comments on Minnie M. Birch as Dining Room Matron
June 21, 1893

Richard Henry Pratt informs the Office of Indian Affairs that Minnie M. Birch is unqualified for the position of dining room matron and requests a new candidate.

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Pratt Requests Authority to Purchase Additional Food for 1900 Holiday Dinners
November 1, 1900

Richard Henry Pratt requests authority to purchase additional turkeys, fruits, nuts, and other food items for a Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner for the students of the Carlisle Indian School.

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Request to Change Position Held by Anna Bennett
December 16, 1901

Richard Henry Pratt requests that the position held by Anna F. Bennett be changed from Assistant Cook to Housekeeper. Pratt provides the justification for the request due to the increase in duties in cooking for students working on the farm.

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Mercer Provides a Report on the No. 1 Insinger Dish Washing Machine
June 27, 1906

William A. Mercer provides the Office of Indian Affairs a report on the No. 1 Insigner dish washing machine by noting that it has not be utilized very often due to time limitations. Mercer states that due to the large number of girls the turnaround time is 40 minutes compared to half a day for...

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Request for Appointment of Married Dairyman without Children
July 3-8, 1907

William A. Mercer requests the appointment of a married dairyman with no children. Mercer notes the wife of the dairyman is expected to cook for student detail at the dairy.

C. F. Larrabee responds to Mercer by noting that he has requested eligibles for the position.

Format: Legal and Government Documents, Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Plans to Slaughter 50 Animals for Student Subsistence
January 4, 1908 - January 9, 1908

Carlisle Indian School Superintendent W. A. Mercer requests permission to slaughter 20 calves and 30 hogs for his students to eat. Acting Commissioner of Indian Affairs C. F. Larrabee gives Mercer his desired permission.

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Eliminating Housekeeper Positions at "First" Farm
April 6-8, 1908

Carlisle Indian School Superintendent Moses Friedman requests to abolish two housekeeper positions, held by Annie R. Cranford and Elizabeth Egolf, at $180 per year. Friedman explained that the two housekeepers work at the "first farm" at the school, but the farm is so close to the school that it...

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Approval of Beef Contract with Brelsford Company
July 5, 1910 - July 6, 1910

Second Assistant Commissioner C. F. Hauke informs Commissioner of Indian Affairs Moses Friedman that a beef contract has been approved. Friedman asks for more explicit information regarding this approval and contract. Hauke explains that the contract for beef was with Brelsford Company. 

Format: Financial Documents, Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Request for Funds for Medical Care of Students
July 6, 1910 - September 20, 1910

Carlisle Indian School Superintendent Moses Friedman requests to spend $500 from the "Indian School, Carlisle, Pa., 1911" account for special medical treatment for students, taking students to Philadelphia for treatment, and for medicine and food for the school hospital. Assistant Commissioner...

Format: Financial Documents, Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Contract for Dried Fruit and Corrections to Contract with Jacob Wiener
January 4, 1911 - September 21, 1911

John Whitwell, Principal Teacher in Charge, acknowledges receipt of a contract between Carlisle Indian School Superintendent Moses Friedman and Reid, Murdoch & Co. for dried fruit and mails a copy of an advertisement to the company. 

Second Assistant Commissioner of Indian Affairs C....

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Request for Funds for Incidental Expenses and Eggs
January 11, 1915 - March 10, 1915

Supervisor in Charge of Carlisle Indian School Oscar H. Lipps requests $100 for incidental expenses in association with the administration of the school. Lipps later requests approval for spending $8.40 for eggs. Second Assistant Commissioner of Indian Affairs informs Lipps that his requests...

Format: Financial Documents, Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Demurrage Charge on Shipment of Bran
February 25, 1915 - March 11, 1915

F. E. Shallenberger, the Pennsylvania Railroad Company Auditor, asks the Commissioner of Indian Affairs if he should pay a $1 demurrage charge to Western Lines on a shipment of bran from Portland Flour Mills to the Carlisle Indian School.

Assistant Commissioner E. B. Meritt informs...

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Bureau of Indian Affairs Report on State of the School
February 7 - March 13, 1916

Supervisor of Schools H. B. Peairs provides a report on Carlisle's food, dining room, clothing, floors, rooms and decoration, and physical training. Based on his report, Peairs makes a series of recommendations based on his report to Carlisle Superintendent Oscar H. Lipps. Lipps forwards it to...

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Request for New Three Compartment Refrigerator Blueprint
February 7-13, 1917

Carlisle Indian School Chief Clerk in Charge C. V. Peel requests the Commissioner of Indian Affairs return the specifications and blueprint for a three-compartment refrigerator to the school. Assistant Commissioner E. B. Meritt informs Supervisor in Charge Oscar H. Lipps that the papers are part...

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Installation of Three Compartment Refrigerator
June 16, 1917 - June 23, 1917

Carlisle Indian School Director of Mechanic Arts Roy H. Bradley informs Superintendent John Francis Jr. that John R. Livezey completed building and installing a three compartment refrigerator at the school. Francis Jr. forwards Bradley's letter to the Commissioner of Indian Affairs and requests...

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Practice of Four Farm and Dairy Employees to Eat and Drink Government Food and Milk
July 18 - September 10, 1917

Superintendent John Francis, Jr. informs the Commissioner of Indian Affairs that Farm Cook Gertrude Giffen prepares three meals a day for herself, 10 male student farmers, and her husband, Farmer James F. Giffen. Because they all eat at the same time Mr. and Mrs. Giffen do eat some of the...

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Claims for Hominy and Rolled Oats
September 3, 1918 - September 25, 1918

Travelling Auditor in Charge at the Carlisle Indian School Claude V. Peel requests that Austin, Nichols & Co. are paid for five hundred pounds of hominy and Reid, Murdoch & Co. are paid for rolled oats. Chief Clerk C. F. Hauke informs Peel that he's referred these claims to the Treasury...

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