National Reputation of the Carlisle Indian School

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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...

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: 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...

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Request for Friends of the School to Visit when Chiefs Do
April 24, 1880

Richard Henry Pratt asks Commissioner of Indian Affairs R. E. Trowbridge to set the date when chiefs visit the Carlisle Indian School so that "friends of the school" can visit at the same time.

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

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: 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...

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Request to Send Photographs to a Half-Indian, Half-Black Young Man
May 25, 1880 - July 28, 1880

George W. Hendry informs Richard Henry Pratt that he knows a 21 year old man, who's half Indian and half Black, who is "dignified" and can speak English. He asks Pratt to send him pictures of Indian students and schools. Pratt forwards Hendry's letter to the Commissioner of Indian Affairs and...

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Request to Recruit 25 Cheyenne and Arapaho Students
June 5, 1880

Richard Henry Pratt informs Commissioner of Indian Affairs R. E. Trowbridge that the Cheyenne & Arapaho Agent John D. Miles would like to send 25 students from his agency to the Carlisle Indian School. Miles added that he'd like several chiefs, including Northern Cheyenne Chief Little Chief...

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
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
Plan for College and University Presidents to visit the Carlisle Indian School
November 18, 1880

Richard Henry Pratt informs Secretary of the Interior Carl Schurz that the presidents of Amherst, Yale, Johns Hopkins, and Rochester universities are all invited and will visit the Carlisle Indian School near the end of December.

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

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
The Need for the Crow Nation to be Educated
December 6, 1880

Richard Henry Pratt forwards excerpts of a letter from Lieutenant Kishingbury, who writes a letter on behalf of the Crow nation. In the excerpts, Kingshingbury argues that the Crow desperately need to be educated because they depend entirely on buffalo for their food supply, and the buffalo will...

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Protest Against Using Students at Entertainment Shows
September 7, 1887

George E. Sanluier protests against the sentiment of having students from the Carlisle Indian School at various entertainment events.

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Tenth Annual Report of the Carlisle Indian School
September 1, 1889

Richard Henry Pratt submits his tenth Annual Report for the Carlisle Indian School on September 1, 1889 to the Office of Indian Affairs. Included are statistics related to the school followed up a report from Pratt that provides a brief history followed by the enrollment statistics for the...

Format: Letters/Correspondence, Reports
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Report on Recruiting Students in Michigan and Minnesota in 1893
September 17, 1889 - September 23, 1889

Richard Henry Pratt forwards a report from Alfred John Standing regarding his trip to Michigan and Minnesota to recruit students for the Carlisle Indian School. Pratt details the obstacles Standing experienced including maintaining a relatively equal gender ratio and the decentralized nature of...

Format: Letters/Correspondence, Reports
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Report Responding to Questions on the Carlisle Indian School
December 1891

Richard Henry Pratt provides a report responding to questions from the Office of Indian Affairs on the needs of the Carlisle Indian School. Included are discussions on the need for more land, additional educational needs, and industrial training including the limitations of the industrial...

Format: Reports
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Potential Transfer of Five Students from the Navajo Boarding School
July 11, 1892

G. H. Wadleigh, Superintendent of the Navajo Boarding School, informs the Office of Indian Affairs that a small party of students would be interested in transferring to either Haskell or Carlisle. Wadleigh indicates Haskell would be better because of its location and lack of prejudice against it...

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Newton Wells Requests Information Related to Carlisle
February 23, 1893

Newton A. Wells requests information related to Indian Schools established by the Government and particularly the Carlisle Indian School.

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Request for the Return of Samuel Wilson and Minnie Finley
July 12, 1893

John Wilson requests the return of his two grandchildren, Samuel Wilson and Minnie Finley, from the Carlisle Indian School. Wilson states that he needs Samuel to help him with his farm and his wife would like to see Minnie before she dies.

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
C. C. McCabe Praises Work of Pratt and Carlisle
June 16, 1897

C. C. McCabe writes to President McKinley praising the work of Richard Henry Pratt and the Carlisle Indian School.

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Request to Employ E. A. Allen as Assistant Superintendent
July 25, 1901

Richard Henry Pratt requests that Edgar A. Allen (here Eugene Allen) be authorized to fill the Assistant Superintendent position. Pratt discusses that having Allen as an Assistant Superintendent would allow him to counter the negative feelings generated by schools closer to reservations...

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Application of Missoula for Relocated Carlisle Indian School
May 20, 1904 - May 25, 1904

Herman Kohn requests to know if the Office of Indian Affairs will consider the application of Missoula, Montana for a relocated Carlisle Indian School.

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Denial of Claims in Article Regarding Former Carlisle Students
February 21, 1905 - February 22, 1905

William A. Mercer forwards a New York Times article covering the arrest for desertion from the U.S. Army of four members of the Seneca Nation. Mercer comments the article is full of falsehoods and that only two of the men were former Carlisle students and did not have good records as students....

Format: Letters/Correspondence, Newspapers and Magazines
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Request for Copy of Reply to Moving Carlisle School to Missoula
April 10, 1905

Fred J. Erfert of the Missoula, Montana Chamber of Commerce requests a copy of the Office of Indian Affairs reply to their inquiry regarding the removal of the Carlisle Indian School to the Western United States.

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Request for Office to Stop Fraudulent Fundraising
September 3, 1906

William A. Mercer requests the Office of Indian Affairs prevent a man from giving lectures to fraudulently raise money in support of the Carlisle Indian School in Seattle, Washington.

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Representative Olmstead Speech on Carlisle Indian School
February 6, 1908

Pennsylvania Representative Marlin Olmstead delivers this speech on the Carlisle Indian School in the House of Representative on February 6, 1908.

Format: Speeches and Sermons
Repository: Dickinson College Archives & Special Collections
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

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