Indian School System

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Request to Engage in Indian Education in Oregon
July 18 - July 19, 1879

Lieutenant Melville C. Wilkinson requests to temporarily engage in "Indian educational work" in Oregon, and Acting Secretary of the Interior A. Bell forwards and endorses Wilkinson's request to the Commissioner of Indian Affairs and the Secretary of War. In his telegraph to the Secretary of War, Bell states that Wilkinson's work will be similar…

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Letters/Correspondence
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National Archives and Records Administration
Denial of Authority to Engage in Indian Education in Oregon
July 23, 1879 - August 1, 1879

Secretary of War George W. McCrary informs Assistant Secretary of the Interior A. Bell that he does not have authority to allow Lieutenant Melville C. Wilkinson to engage in Indian education as Richard Henry Pratt is already in that line of work. Instead, Wilkinson will be sent to a college in Oregon where certain Indian youth can be sent.…

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Letters/Correspondence
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National Archives and Records Administration
Issues with Contract for Educating Indian Students at Hampton
September 15, 1879

Hampton Institute Principal Samuel C. Armstrong informs Commissioner of Indian Affairs E. A. Hayt that he has signed his contract. He states that he's unhappy with the terms of the contract and describes the expense and difficulty of educating Indian students.

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

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Letters/Correspondence
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National Archives and Records Administration
Idea to Establish an Indian School in Gettysburg
March 9, 1880

Andrew J. Koser informs the Secretary of the Interior that he visited the Carlisle Indian School, which he thinks is a "noble move toward civilization" and more effective than reservation schools. He proposes the idea of purchasing the building formerly housing the Orphans Home in Gettysburg to establish a new Indian boarding school.

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Letters/Correspondence
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National Archives and Records Administration
Suggestion to Build an Indian School in Nebraska
March 16, 1880 - March 22, 1880

Mattie G. Reynolds writes to Richard Henry Pratt asking for a position at the Carlisle Indian School in sewing or as a sewing teacher or assistant matron. Reynolds, who formerly worked with the Pawnees in a variety of roles, additionally describes a large building that was formerly used as a manual labor school for the Pawnees. Reynolds…

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Letters/Correspondence
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National Archives and Records Administration
Desire to Start Indian School in Gettysburg
April 19, 1880 - April 21, 1880

A. J. Koser informs Representative J. C. Beltzhoover that he visited the Carlisle Indian School and liked it so much that he'd like to establish an Indian school for 140 students in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania at a former Soldiers Homestead. Beltzhoover forwards Roses' letter to the Commissioner of Indian Affairs.

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Letters/Correspondence
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National Archives and Records Administration
Plan to Establish Indian School in Gettysburg
April 27, 1880

Andrew J. Koser informs Commissioner of Indian Affairs R. E. Trowbridge that he visited the Carlisle Indian School, which he thinks is a "grand success" and more effective than reservation schools. He proposes the idea of purchasing the building formerly housing the Soldiers and Orphans Homestead in Gettysburg to establish a new Indian boarding…

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Letters/Correspondence
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National Archives and Records Administration
Recommendation of John D. Miles for Inspector of Schools
May 9, 1882

Richard Henry Pratt recommends Indian Agent John D. Miles for the new position of Inspector of Schools in the Indian Service.

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Letters/Correspondence
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National Archives and Records Administration
Recruiting Students for the 1883-1884 School Year
August 18, 1883

Richard Henry Pratt discusses the number of students that Carlisle can carry for the upcoming school year in 1883. He declares that the school is currently has around 320 students enrolled and can carry over 400 which he proposes to acquire from traveling West in order to select certain students who are better suited for Carlisle. In particular…

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Letters/Correspondence
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National Archives and Records Administration
Carlisle Student Recruitment in the Fall of 1883
October 6, 1883

Richard Henry Pratt provides an update to the Secretary of the Interior on his recruitment of students for the Carlisle Indian School in the fall of 1883. Pratt notes that he can acquire some students from the Ponca and Nez Perce Agency, the Kiowa Agency, and the Rosebud and Pine Ridge Agencies. He also provides an update on the Pawnee Agency…

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Letters/Correspondence
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National Archives and Records Administration
Pratt Makes Suggestions for Improving Indian School System
April 27, 1885

Richard Henry Pratt provides recommendations for improving the Indian School system to the Commissioner of Indian Affairs. Pratt's suggestions include educating everyone of school age compared to the quarter currently enrolled, requiring a census of school age children, and muster of students to track progress.

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Letters/Correspondence
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National Archives and Records Administration
Pratt Recommends Southern Ute Agency be Made Into a Boarding School
September 3, 1885

Richard Henry Pratt recommends that the school at the Southern Ute Agency be made into a boarding school rather than a day school.

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Letters/Correspondence
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National Archives and Records Administration
Report on the Hampton Institute and the Carlisle Indian School
April 28, 1886 - January 11, 1888

T. S. Childs makes a report to the Office of Indian Affairs on Carlisle Indian School and the Indian Training School at the Hampton Institute. Childs report was prompted by complaints made against the Hampton Institute related to the health and discipline of students. Childs report focuses mostly on Hampton while examining Carlisle in order to…

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Legal and Government Documents, Letters/Correspondence, Reports
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National Archives and Records Administration
Letter from Richard H. Pratt to Cornelius R. Agnew, June 1, 1886
June 1, 1886

Superintendent Richard Henry Pratt writes to Doctor Cornelius Rea Agnew regarding plans for new and renovated buildings at Carlisle.  Pratt states that he does not intend to take on more students, but rather to create a more individualized training environment.  He compares Carlisle's Congressional funding to Congressional funding for other…

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Letters/Correspondence
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Dickinson College Archives & Special Collections
Proposed Trip for Student Recruitment in the Summer of 1886
August 10, 1886

Richard Henry Pratt requests permission to recruit female students, along with his oldest daughter as an assistant, from the Cheyenne and Arapaho Agency, the Kiowa and Comanche and the Quapaw Agency, the Pueblo Agency, the Navajo Agency, and the Pine Ridge Agency. He further requests transportation expenses to be covered for himself along with…

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Letters/Correspondence
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National Archives and Records Administration
Pratt's Views Towards Filling Teaching Positions with Graduates
September 13, 1886

Richard Henry Pratt provides his views on having graduates from the Carlisle Indian School and other industrial training schools fill agency instructor positions. Pratt notes that he does not believe this a good system due to the lack of training among Indian apprentices in their trades which would not allow them to be competent teachers. In…

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Letters/Correspondence
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National Archives and Records Administration
Pratt Reports on State of Indian School Education to Interior Secretary
July 16, 1887

Richard Henry Pratt responds to a letter from Lucius Q. C. Lamar, Secretary of the Interior, with information about two Nez Perce students, Luke Phillips and Samuel Johns, who became ill during their second term of enrollment. Pratt notes that he believes in many cases it is better to retain students at Carlisle then send them home where he…

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Letters/Correspondence
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National Archives and Records Administration
Pratt Requests Education Circulars Referencing Teaching English
August 22, 1887

Richard Henry Pratt requests from the Office of Indian Affairs that all circulars referencing teaching English in Indian Schools be sent to him due to articles in the Christian Union and The Advance.

Pratt also writes that the bids on the building surprised him and that office should be pleased.

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Letters/Correspondence
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National Archives and Records Administration
Pratt Notes Agreement with Office Orders for English in Schools
October 3, 1887

Richard Henry Pratt writes to the Office of Indian Affairs that he agrees with the office's order regarding English in the schools. He notes his disagreement with the missionaries who oppose it. He ends by noting that teaching English will lead to greater emancipation and eliminate interpreters at agencies which would be highly beneficial.

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Letters/Correspondence
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National Archives and Records Administration
Pratt Suggestions for Improving Student Recruitment for Training Schools
January 24, 1888

Richard Henry Pratt responds to an Office of Indian Affairs letter providing authority to transport Wallace Charging Shield and Perry Laravie while also suggesting they serve as escort for other students. Pratt then states that he does not believe individuals in agencies are currently capable of selecting students to attend the training schools…

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Letters/Correspondence
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National Archives and Records Administration
Letters of Introduction for Edward Wilson
October 1, 1888 - October 30, 1888

Letters of introduction for Edward F. Wilson the principal of two homes for the education and industrial training of Indian children at Sault Ste. Marie in Ontario, Canada. One of the letters is from Richard Henry Pratt who notes that he has known Wilson personally for two years and that he hopes the Office can provide a favorable introduction…

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Letters/Correspondence
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National Archives and Records Administration
Recommendation for John D. Miles to be Appointed Superintendent of Haskell
December 8, 1888

Richard Henry Pratt provides a recommendation for John D. Miles to fill the position of Superintendent of the Haskell Institute. Pratt writes that Miles had the best schools of any agency he dealt with and that Miles would be the best man for the job. Pratt ends by noting that only someone who is willing to reside at the school and give it…

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Letters/Correspondence
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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 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 considered a reward for the most capable students. Pratt…

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Letters/Correspondence
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National Archives and Records Administration
Inquiry of Friends Academy in Oregon about Enrolling Students
April 18, 1889 - July 1, 1889

Richard Henry Pratt forwards a letter from Edwin Morrison, Principal of the Friends Pacific Academy in Newberg, Oregon, in regards to enrolling Indian students at his school.

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Letters/Correspondence
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National Archives and Records Administration
Pratt Requests Authority to Purchase Yaggys Geographical Study
May 13, 1889

Wrap documenting Richard Henry Pratt requests authority to purchase Yaggys Geographical Study for the Carlisle Indian School as well as his calling attention to remarks for the Assistant Secretary.

Also included is the Biennial Report of the Superintendent of Public Instruction for 1887-1888 for the State of Nevada.

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Reports
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National Archives and Records Administration