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Preference that Pratt Stay at Hampton to Assist with Indian Students
December 20-30, 1878

Hampton Institute Principal Samuel Chapman Armstrong responds to Commissioner of Indian Affairs E. A. Hayt's inquiry regarding the need for Captain Richard Henry Pratt to stay at Hampton to help care for and manage the Indian students. Armstrong states that it would be best for the Indians and...

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

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: 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...

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: 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.

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Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Need to Improve Travel Logistics for Recruited Students and Continuing Supply Issues
October 28, 1879

Letter from Richard Henry Pratt to Commissioner of Indian Affairs Ezra Hayt, acknowledging receipt of change orders allowing Pratt to remain in the East at the Carlisle Indian School. Pratt also apologizes for troubles during his recent trip to Wichita, and suggests that better planning be made...

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Request to Recruit 50 Navajo Students
April 8, 1880

Richard Henry Pratt argues to the Secretary of the Interior Carl Schurz that his approval for the school to recruit 15 Navajo students is insufficient, and he would like to recruit 50. Pratt writes that the Presbyterian Church has had 10 years to educate the Navajo nation and has failed to make...

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Emery Ballon Requests to have Arapaho Students Admitted to Carlisle
December 22, 1880

Emery Ballon requests to have Arapaho Nation students admitted to the Carlisle Indian School. Ballon states that many students have learned the basics and would likely progress rapidly if admitted to Carlisle. He further requests to accompany them to help them acclimate as well as stating that...

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
List of Names for Appointment to the Omaha and Winnebago Industrial School
August 4, 1886 - August 5, 1886

Charles H. Potter, the U.S. Indian Agent for the Omaha and Winnebago Agency, forwards a list of names for appointment to the Industrial Boarding School at the Winnebago Agency.

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: 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...

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
M. D. Shelby Requests Answer Regarding Recruiting Students from Genoa
December 20, 1893

M. D. Shelby, Acting Superintendent of the Genoa School, requests an answer from Richard Henry Pratt as to why he is furnishing transportation to students of the Genoa School without communicating with the Superintendent.

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Ella Rickert Requests Transfer to Rosebud as Assistant Matron
March 12, 1899 - March 13, 1899

Ella Rickert requests a transfer to the Rosebud Agency Boarding School as an assistant matron following the resignation of Annette Suisson. Richard Henry Pratt endorses Rickert's transfer but as a cook.

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
List of Runaway Students in 1900 and 1901
November 15, 1901

Edgar A. Allen forwards a list of students who have runaway from the Carlisle Indian School to the Office of Indian Affairs as well as superintendents of non-reservation schools.

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Paul Hayne's Complaint Against Superintendent Meagley
November 17, 1901 - November 22, 1901

Richard Henry Pratt forwards a letter from former student Paul Hayne regarding complaints made by Hayne against the Superintendent of the Poplar River Boarding School. Pratt includes comments related to Hayne's time at Carlisle.

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Pratt Forwards John Allen's Request for Promotion
December 16, 1901 - January 2, 1902

Richard Henry Pratt forwards a letter from John Allen requesting assistance in obtaining a promotion from his current position as assistant disciplinarian at Chemawa. Pratt provides information on Allen's time at Carlisle.

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Circular being Distributed in Taos Against Government Schools
June 15, 1903

Richard Henry Pratt forwards a circular being distributed at Taos, New Mexico related to an article in the Denver Post accusing employees at the Fort Lewis Indian School of sexual misconduct, drunkenness, and other actions for which nothing was done.

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Mercer Provides Four Names to Fill Vacant Teaching Positions at Other Schools
January 13, 1906

William A. Mercer responds to an Office of Indian Affairs letter providing the name of four former Carlisle Indian School students to fill two positions as teachers in other Indian schools.

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Hiring of Married Couple to be Disciplinarian and Matron of Male Students
August 9-24, 1907

Major William A. Mercer endorses John L. Walters' request to be transferred back from disciplinarian to teacher. To fill the disciplinarian role vacated by Walters and the assistant matron role vacated by Elizabeth C. Sloan, who has been on unpaid sick leave, requests to hire Mr. Harry M. Carter...

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Transfer of Nurses between Carlisle Indian School and Haskell Institute
December 7, 1907 - December 12, 1907

Carlisle Indian School Superintendent William A. Mercer requests that the Commissioner of Indian Affairs order the mutual transfer of nurses between his school and the Haskell Institute.  Acting Commissioner of Indian Affairs C. F. Larrabee writes to mercer and Haskell Institute Superintendent H...

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Accusation that Superintendent Friedman is Stealing Haskell Institute Employees
June 27 - July 21, 1908

Haskell Institute baker John E. Olson applies to transfer to the Carlisle Indian School to be their baker and to secure a raise from his $540 annual salary. Carlisle Superintendent Moses Friedman tells Olson that he could pay him $600, but Olson declines the appointment because he wanted to make...

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Return of Funds Allocated to Transport Students to Carlisle
January 15 - May 14, 1909

Carlisle Superintendent Moses Friedman asks the Commissioner of Indian Affairs for the exact amount of money used from the support fund of the "Indian School, Carlisle, Pa. 1909" account to transport pupils to Carlisle from July 1 - December 31, 1908.

Chief Clerk F. M. Conser states that...

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Rules Governing Religious Instruction at the Carlisle Indian School
August 12, 1909 - August 13, 1909

Chief of the Education Division J. H. Dortch informs Carlisle Indian School Superintendent Moses Friedman that almost every Indian school but Carlisle has had a hard time balancing Christian religious instruction with academics without angering any denomination. Because of this, Dortch would...

Format: Books and Pamphlets, Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Complaints Regarding the Process of Indian School Employee Transfers
March 12, 1912 - December 16, 1912

Superintendent Moses Friedman tells the Commissioner of Indian Affairs that he believes that Indian school superintendents should not offer positions to other schools' employees and then revoke their offers after the employees accept. Friedman forwards correspondence in which this happened to...

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Wilson L. Gill's Opportunity to Demonstrate his Method of Civil and Moral Instruction
March 3-23, 1915

Commissioner of Indian Affairs Cato Sells informs Wilson L. Gill, of the American Patriotic League, that he will appoint him Supervisor of Indian Schools at the Rapid City Indian School to test Gill's new plan for "civic and moral training."

Gill expresses his frustration with Sells...

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