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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
Request for Funds for Industrial Training
March 8, 1880

Richard Henry Pratt requests funds to develop the industrial and mechanical training programs at the school. Specifically, Pratt hopes to establish a harness-making program and to expand the blacksmithing, wagon-making, carpentry, shoemaking, and tinsmithing departments. Pratt notes that this...

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Request to Purchase Materials to Build a Carriage
April 23, 1880

Richard Henry Pratt requests to spend $65 on materials for his blacksmith and wagonmaker to make a carriage to travel to the town of Carlisle and the surrounding countryside.

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

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Request to Present Industrial Samples in New York City
May 24, 1880

Richard Henry Pratt requests to present samples of the Carlisle Indian School's manufactured goods at the letting of contracts in New York.

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 Purchase Materials to Manufacture Clothing
June 14, 1880

Richard Henry Pratt requests Commissioner of Indian Affairs R. E. Trowbridge's authority to spend $250 to purchase and manufacture clothing for the current quarter.

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

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Request for Commissioner to Reconsider Declining the Purchase of Tents
June 20, 1880

Richard Henry Pratt writes to Acting Commissioner of Indian Affairs E. J. Brooks regarding Brooks' decision to not allow Pratt to purchase tents or take his students to camp in the mountains over the summer. Pratt tells Brooks that he had already discussed the plan with Commissioner R. E....

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Quality of Student-Produced Tin Ware
June 30, 1880

Inspector E. C. Cooper informs Commissioner of Indian Affairs R. E. Trowbridge that he's inspected tin ware samples, like coffee boilers, funnels, cups, and pails that were made by Carlisle Indian School students and finds that they're as good, if not better, than the tin ware that the Bureau of...

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Report on the Health of Rosebud Sioux Students
July 29, 1880

Richard Henry Pratt provides a report on the health of several Rosebud Sioux students. He informs Commissioner of Indian Affairs R. E. Trowbridge that Thigh's son is suffering from tapeworm, and Pratt will send him home if he's still sick when Reverend Robinson, a missionary from Rosebud who's...

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Request to Cover Traveling Expenses from a Trip Home from New York
July 29, 1880

Richard Henry Pratt requests authority to cover his traveling expenses from his trip to New York to show the Carlisle Indian School's manufactured goods.

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

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Attention Called to Request for Funds to Manufacture Clothing
August 28, 1880

Richard Henry Pratt calls attention to his request for $1,000 to purchase supplies to manufacture clothing.

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...

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Request to Send Three Former Florida Prisoners Home
September 9, 1880

Richard Henry Pratt writes to Acting Commissioner of Indian Affairs E. M. Marble regarding three former Florida prisoners that should be returned home, escorted by Agent Miles. The first is going to die soon because of an accident suffered while playing baseball, and his chiefs want him to die...

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Plan to Distribute Student-Manufactured Goods at the Annual Indian Fair
September 18, 1880

Richard Henry Pratt informs the Commissioner of Indian Affairs that he's sending samples of goods manufactured by Carlisle Indian School students, including tin ware, double harness, and repaired shoes, to the annual Indian Fair. Pratt believes it will help show Indians what students are doing...

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
Harness and Collar Order not yet Fulfilled
November 16, 1880

Richard Henry Pratt informs the Commissioner of Indian Affairs that they have not yet completed the order for collars or harnesses.

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...

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Request to Rent 110 Acre Farm from Mr. Parker
November 18, 1880

Richard Henry Pratt states that last year both the Secretary of the Interior and Commissioner of Indian Affairs agreed that he should rent a farm adjoining the Carlisle Indian School to teach male students how to farm "general crops" and female students how to care for dairy cows. Unfortunately...

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Request to Visit Washington to Discuss the need for a School Farm
December 1, 1880

Richard Henry Pratt requests to visit Washington, D.C. to discuss the need for a school farm. He also requests to visit New York to purchase an addition to their cooking range and material to manufacture clothing and to meet with Frank D. Karr to discuss the Carlisle Indian School's manufactured...

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Request for Funds to Purchase Materials to Manufacture School Uniforms
December 6, 1880

Richard Henry Pratt informs the Commissioner of Indian Affairs that his students are very hard on their clothes and that many of them have outgrown their clothing from a year ago. He requests to spend $2,000 on materials needed to manufacture new uniforms for his current students as well as new...

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Request to Repair and Replace Flooring in School Building and Boys' Quarters
December 6, 1880

Richard Henry Pratt requests to purchase 11,000 feet of yellow pine flooring and 4,300 feet of hemlock joints amounting to $442 to repair and replace flooring in the school building and the boys' quarters. Pratt adds that student apprentices will be able to do the work.

Note: This item...

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Submission of Plans to Build Hospital at the Carlisle School
January 11, 1881

Richard Henry Pratt submits plans and specifications for building a new Hospital on the grounds of the Carlisle Indian School. Pratt notes that he has received multiple estimates for the cost of the building as well as supplies and believes that the use of Indian Apprentices will greatly reduce...

Format: Blueprints/Architectural Drawings, Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Proposal to Send Industrial Articles to Rosebud and Pine Ridge Agencies
January 21, 1881

Richard Henry Pratt notes that when he spoke to American Horse and other Sioux Chiefs in 1880 as they returned home they were promised a light wagon produced at Carlisle. According to Pratt sending the wagons along with some tinware would be a good method to show the work being done by the...

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Pratt Asks to Make Alterations to Employee Appropriation
October 14, 1881

Richard Henry Pratt discusses the appropriation of $20,000 for employees at the Carlisle Indian School and his incorrect interpretation for applying the funds. Pratt indicates that he believed the funds only covered regular employees and not irregular employees and Indian apprentices. As a...

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 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
Complaints Regarding Wagon from the Carlisle Indian School
July 9, 1883

Charles E. Monteith, U.S. Indian Agent for the Nez Perce Agency, requests authority to purchase a new wagon due to the unsafe and unfit wagon the Agency recently received from the Carlisle Indian School. Monteith provides details of how the wagon is unfit and criticizes the foreman in charge at...

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Navajo Agent Discusses Difficulties Involved in Oversight
August 27, 1883 - September 8, 1883

Richard Henry Pratt forwards letter from D. M. Riordan, U.S. Indian Agent for the Navajo Agency, discussing the hardships involved in overseeing the Agency. Pratt also discusses various matters at the Carlisle Indian School.

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

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