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Recommendation of Carlisle Barracks as Location for Indian School
February 14, 1879

Spencer Fullteron Baird, Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, writes to Secretary of the Interior Carl Schurz to endorse Captain Richard H. Pratt's request to establish an Indian School at the Carlisle Barracks. Baird contends that there is "no better spot" to open an Indian School because...

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Per-Student Funding and Establishment of School at Carlisle
August 4, 1879

Letter from Richard Henry Pratt to Commissioner of Indian Affairs Ezra A. Hayt suggesting an increase in the per-student funding afforded by the government to Indian schools. Pratt also encourages the Commissioner to continue pursuing Congressional approval for the opening of an Indian school at...

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Order to Recruit Sioux, Kiowa, Comanche, Cheyenne, and Arapaho Students
August 22, 1879

Commissioner of Indian Affairs E. A. Hayt instructs the Acting Commissioner to allow Richard Henry Pratt to select 70 students from Sioux Nations and 30 from the Kiowa, Comanche, Cheyenne, and Arapaho Nations.

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

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Transfer of Carlisle Barracks from War Department to Interior Department
August 22, 1879

Adjutant General E. D. Townsend states that the Secretary of War has approved the Secretary of the Interior's request to transfer the Carlisle Barracks from the War Department to the Interior. The Barracks will be used as a school for Indian children and will be under the charge of Richard Henry...

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Plans to Transfer Carlisle Barracks to the Interior Department
August 23, 1879

Secretary of War George W. McCrary informs the Secretary of the Interior that he has issued orders to transfer the Carlisle Barracks to the Interior Department to use as an Indian school.

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

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Special Order to Appraise Property Transferred from Department of War to Interior
August 23, 1879 - October 14, 1879

The Chief Clerk for the Secretary of War forwards a series of documents to the Secretary of the Interior regarding the transfer of the Carlisle Barracks from the War Department to the Interior Department. First, Adjutant General E. D. Townsend issues Special Orders No. 194 stating that Richard...

Format: Legal and Government Documents, Letters/Correspondence
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Documents Relating to the Transfer of the Carlisle Barracks to the Interior Department
August 25, 1879 - January 7, 1880

Secretary of War Alex Ramsey transmits to Secretary of the Interior Carl Schurz a report from Lieutenant E. T. C. Richmond indicating that the transfer of the Carlisle Barracks from the War Department to the Interior was completed on January 6, 1880 and correspondence regarding said transfer....

Format: Legal and Government Documents, Letters/Correspondence
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Special Order for the Transfer of Carlisle Barracks to the Interior Department
August 25, 1879 - August 29, 1879

Captain William G. Mitchell issues Special Orders No. 52 ordering the transfer of the Carlisle Barracks from the War Department to the Interior Department, with the Barracks' commanding officer Lieutenant E. T. C. Richmond overseeing the transfer and taking inventory of the value of the...

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Order to Transfer all "Movable Property" at Carlisle Barracks to the Bureau of Indian Affairs
August 30, 1879 - September 9, 1879

Adjutant General E. D. Townsend informs the Commanding General of the Atlantic that the Secretary of War George W. McCrary has ordered that all "movable property" at the Carlisle Barracks be turned over to the Indian Bureau as part of the transfer of the Barracks from the War to Interior...

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Estimate of Cost for Repairing Buildings at Carlisle Barracks for Indian School
September 2, 1879

Richard H. Pratt forwards an estimate of cost for necessary repairs to the buildings at the Carlisle Barracks. These repairs, which are needed to prepare the buildings for use by the Carlisle Indian School, are estimated to cost $1,399.00.

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

Format: Financial Documents, Letters/Correspondence
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Pratt Authorized to Recruit Students for Carlisle and Take Charge of the Barracks for the School
September 6, 1879

Acting Secretary of the Interior A. Bell informs the Commissioner of Indian Affairs that the War Department has transferred the buildings at the Carlisle Barracks to the Interior Department and that Special Agent Richard Henry Pratt is authorized to create an Indian school at the Barracks using...

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Transfer of Commissary Property and Stores to the Interior Department
October 21, 1879 - October 23, 1879

The Chief Clerk to the Secretary of War forwards a letter to the Secretary of the Interior. The letter, from Adjutant General E. D. Townsend, explains that the Secretary of War has authorized the transfer of Commissary property and stores at the Carlisle Barracks to the Department of the...

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