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Request to Cover Indispensable Expenses, First Quarter 1880
April 9, 1880

Richard Henry Pratt requests Commissioner of Indian Affairs R. E. Trowbridge's approval for purchases made during the first quarter of 1880 amounting to $1,163.59. The purchases were not covered on the quarter's estimate of funds but were "indispensable" to the Carlisle Indian School, so Pratt...

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Voucher Covering A. J. Standing's Expenses
April 9, 1880

Richard Henry Pratt transmits a copy of a voucher that covers all the items of expense from A. J. Standing's trip that Pratt paid for.

Note: This item was copied from U.S. National Archives microfilm reels (M234), which were filmed from the original documents found in Record Group 75,...

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Acknowledgement of $8,805 Disbursement to Pratt's Credit
August 9, 1880

Richard Henry Pratt acknowledges receipt of an $8,805.00 deposit to his credit to cover the Carlisle Indian School's expenses for the current quarter. Pratt requests Commissioner of Indian Affairs R. E. Trowbridge's written approval for the disbursement of the funds.

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Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Request Funds for Contingent Expenses, First Quarter 1880
August 13, 1880

Richard Henry Pratt requests authority to pay for the school's contingent expenses in the current quarter, which he estimates to be $1,280.

Note: This item was copied from U.S. National Archives microfilm reels (M234), which were filmed from the original documents found in Record Group 75...

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Request to Send Four Sick Students Home
August 17, 1880

Richard Henry Pratt requests authority to send four sick students home to Indian Territory and funding for their escort, B. S. Reynolds. The four students, who have all been examined by the school physician and Office of Indian Affairs representative Dr. Kellogg, are Samuel Kahton (Ponca), Beau...

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Request for Funds to Fit up and Furnish Teachers' Rooms
October 9, 1880

Richard Henry Pratt requests to spend $250 on "fitting up and furnishing" five teachers' rooms.

Note: This item was copied from U.S. National Archives microfilm reels (M234), which were filmed from the original documents found in Record Group 75, Entry 79, "Letters Received by the Office...

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Request to Purchase two Sewing Machines for the Tailor Shop
October 11, 1880

Richard Henry Pratt requests authority to purchase two Tailor's Heavy Singer Sewing Machines amounting to $70 for the school's tailor shop.

Note: This item was copied from U.S. National Archives microfilm reels (M234), which were filmed from the original documents found in Record Group 75...

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
The Benefits of Sending Photographs to Families and Indian Agents
October 13, 1880

Richard Henry Pratt describes the benefits of photography in assuaging parents' fears of sending and keeping their children at the Carlisle Indian School and believes that it would be similarly beneficial to send photographs to Indian agents, teachers, and missionaries. As such, Pratt requests...

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Request to Attend Natural History Event
October 14, 1880

Richard Henry Pratt requests $40 to allow all the Carlisle Indian School's staff, teachers, and students to visit Cooper and Bailey's Menagerie "collection of animals" in Carlisle. Pratt believes the event will help educate the students about natural history.

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Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Request for Information on the Civilization Fund
November 16, 1880

E. Hind states that he recently visited the Carlisle Indian School and was very impressed by the work being done there. He asks for information on how the school pays its expenses and for specific details on the Civilization Fund.

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Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Funding Issues with Building New Hospital
November 22, 1880

Richard Henry Pratt explains to the Commissioner of Indian Affairs that the price of lumber has increased by 25% since building the chapel. He also describes his issues in obtaining funding to install steam heating in the boys' quarters, and due to lack of funds, requests to postpone building a...

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Information on Potential Plots of Land to Rent for School Farm
November 24, 1880

Richard Henry Pratt provides a report on the seven potential plots of land they could rent and use as a school farm. He provides details on pricing, distance from the school, contracts, size of the plot, and taxes, with certain plots having advantages over the others.

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Format: Letters/Correspondence
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Issues with Two new Students that are Former Florida Prisoners
December 3, 1880

Richard Henry Pratt informs the Commissioner of Indian Affairs that he's received the two new students from Bishop Huntingdon. He sent the first one home almost immediately due to poor health, but the second one was fine, and he receives quarterly payments from a patron on the student's behalf....

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Pratt Seeks Funds for Traveling Expenses to Return Students Home
February 19, 1881

Richard Henry Pratt seeks an additional $300 for returning students to their homes in Indian Territory. He notes that fulfilling the obligations already authorized by the Commissioner of Indian Affairs would exhaust his current funding.

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Unaccounted Expenses from Dr. Faulkner
January 16, 1882 - May 6, 1882

Richard Henry Pratt relays a copy of the last message he received from former Carlisle Indian School physician Dr. W. H. Faulkner regarding expenses accrued by Dr. Faulkner while returning two students to their homes at the Rosebud Agency. Due to delays Dr. Faulkner was stuck at Prairie du Chien...

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Pratt Requests Increase for 1883 Appropriation
January 24, 1882

Richard Henry Pratt requests an increase in the proposed appropriation for 1883 allocated to the Carlisle Indian School.

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Objection to Appropriations Committee Statements on Extravagance at Carlisle
December 16, 1882

Copy of a letter Richard Henry Pratt sent to Congressman Frank Hiscock, Chairman Appropriations Committee in the House of Representatives regarding the Committee's hearing on the Carlisle Indian School's appropriation. Pratt disagrees with the idea that the school is being run in an extravagant...

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Proposal for Increased Appropriation from Osage Fund
February 13, 1883

Richard Henry Pratt provides the Indian Affairs Office with proposed text for receiving funds for educating Osage students from the Osage trust fund. Pratt notes that if he does not receive the funds for the Osage then he can place more students on outing to reduce costs for running the school...

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Request for Increase in Appropriation to Cover Various Buildings
February 25, 1890

Richard Henry Pratt responds to an Office of Indian Affairs plan to secure $100,000 for the Carlisle Indian School to have 1000 students during the upcoming school year and asks for an additional $10,000 to build a small girls dormitory. In addition, he asks for $5,000 to cover the debt incurred...

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Request for Postage for Sending Letters and Report Cards to Parents
December 23, 1890

Richard Henry Pratt requests additional funding in order to pay postage for sending letters from students as well as their report cards to their parents. Pratt notes that Agents and Postmasters have not in some cases delivered the letters when sent under frank.

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Pratt Responds to Per Capita Cut and Opposition to Assimilation
February 28, 1891

Richard Henry Pratt informs the Office of Indian Affairs that he has received their telegram regarding the Senate Committee cutting annual per capita appropriation to $150. Pratt notes that his is ample and further reiterates his beliefs in opposing the establishment of a public school system on...

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Pratt Asks for Additional Support for 1891-1892 Fiscal Year
September 10, 1891

Richard Henry Pratt informs the Office of Indian Affairs that the school is ready to carry the 1000 students the Department has allocated for Carlisle. However because the amount is material the school will need $115,000 to cover support and transportation.

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Comptroller Opinion on Osage Fund Paying for Students at Carlisle
December 3, 1891

B. F. Gilkeson, Comptroller in the Second Comptroller's Office, responds to Thomas J. Morgan's letter regarding using interest generated from the Osage Fund to pay for Osage students at the Carlisle Indian School. Gilkeson writes that his interpretation of the treaty holds that only uses which...

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Inquiry into Appropriation for New York State Indians to Attend Carlisle
April 9, 1892

Helen Shelton Smith writes to the Office of Indian Affairs regarding the odds of New York Indians receiving an appropriation from the U.S. Government in order to attend the Carlisle Indian School.

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Pratt Responds to Request from Thomas Metoxen
July 8, 1892

Richard Henry Pratt responds to Thomas Metoxen's request to either be sent home or receive additional pay to remain at Carlisle. Pratt notes that Metoxen choose to stay as part of the band when asked and that the possibility for increased pay depending on the appropriation. However, at the...

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

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