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Excerpt from Annual Report of the Commissioner of Indian Affairs, 1882
1882

An excerpt from the Annual Report of the Commissioner of Indian Affairs to the Secretary of the Interior for the fiscal year ending 1882, containing the annual report of the Carlisle Indian School. The report includes discussions of school enrollment, experiences of students on outing and outing...

Repository: Dickinson College Archives & Special Collections
Excerpt from Annual Report of the Commissioner of Indian Affairs, 1884
1884

An excerpt from the Annual Report of the Commissioner of Indian Affairs to the Secretary of the Interior for the fiscal year ending 1884, containing the annual report of the Carlisle Indian School. The report includes discussions of enrollment statistics, transfers, educational and industrial...

Repository: Dickinson College Archives & Special Collections
Telegram Requesting Trip to Washington Regarding Farm
January 5, 1880

Richard Henry Pratt telegrams the Commissioner of Indian Affairs asking for permission to come to Washington that day to discuss school matters, including a farm and industrial training.

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Copy of First School Newspaper and Report of School Progress
January 27, 1880

Richard Henry Pratt forwards to Commissioner of Indian Affairs Ezra Hayt a copy of the first issue of Eadle Keatah Toh, the first newspaper published at the Carlisle Indian School. Pratt notes that more donations will soon fund the purchase of a better printing press, and discusses...

Format: Letters/Correspondence, Newspapers and Magazines
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Stailey Norcross Letter to William Balderston
June 6, 1886

Stailey Norcross writes to his former outing patron William Balderston regarding his current work on the Carlisle Indian School farm.

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: Mercer Museum Research Library
Documents Related to Purchase of the Parker Farm by the Government
March 21, 1887 - November 27, 1923

Documents pertaining to the United States Government's purchase of the Parker Farm. Included are a copy of the deed transferring title to the Government, other prior deeds, abstract of the title, map outlining the tract of land, copy of an act of the State of Pennsylvania consenting to the U.S....

Format: Financial Documents, Legal and Government Documents, Letters/Correspondence, Maps
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Request to Pay Wife of Assistant Farmer as a Housekeeper During Summer
August 6, 1903

Edgar A. Allen requests authority to pay the wife of Oliver Harlan, Assistant Farmer, for her services as a housekeeper during the summer months while students live on the school farm.

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Request to Pay Henderson Farm Rent for the 1906 Fiscal Year
July 3, 1905

William A. Mercer requests authority to pay $400 to continue renting the Henderson Tract for the 1906 fiscal year.

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Request to Lease Alexander Farm in 1906
January 23, 1906

William A. Mercer forwards a lease of the farm belonging to Annie and Laura Alexander for use as a drill and athletic ground for the small boys as well as a play ground for the girls. Mercer notes that the farm has been paid for with the boys athletic fund for two quarters but that the fund can...

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Request to Pay Additional Money for Student Labor for Summer 1906
September 22, 1906

William A. Mercer requests authority to pay an additional $600 to pay for student labor over the 1906 summer.

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Request for Appointment of Married Dairyman without Children
July 3-8, 1907

William A. Mercer requests the appointment of a married dairyman with no children. Mercer notes the wife of the dairyman is expected to cook for student detail at the dairy.

C. F. Larrabee responds to Mercer by noting that he has requested eligibles for the position.

Format: Legal and Government Documents, Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Sale of 30 Hogs and 20 Calves and Slaughter of 40 Hogs
September 20, 1907 - September 28, 1907

Carlisle Indian School Superintendent William A. Mercer requests to sell 30 hogs and 20 calves in the open market and to kill 40 hogs for the students to eat. Acting Commissioner of Indian Affairs C. F. Larrabee grants permission for all three requests.

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
New Agriculture Class Proposed
October 8-26, 1907

Carlisle Indian School Principal Teacher John Whitwell forwards a pamphlet that provides an overview of a new Agriculture class to Superintendent William A. Mercer. Mercer forwards it to Acting Commissioner of Indian Affairs C. F. Larrabee, who tentatively approves the course. The pamphlet, "...

Format: Books and Pamphlets, Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Exchange of Carlisle Farmer and Rapid City School Farmer
December 16, 1907 - January 15, 1908

Rapid City School Superintendent J. F. House proposes to Carlisle Indian School Superintendent William A. Mercer that they exchange farmers, with C. W. Cranford going to Carlisle and Norman H. Justus going to Rapid City. None of Mercer, the farmers, nor officials from the Office of Indian...

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Plans to Slaughter 50 Animals for Student Subsistence
January 4, 1908 - January 9, 1908

Carlisle Indian School Superintendent W. A. Mercer requests permission to slaughter 20 calves and 30 hogs for his students to eat. Acting Commissioner of Indian Affairs C. F. Larrabee gives Mercer his desired permission.

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Eliminating Housekeeper Positions at "First" Farm
April 6-8, 1908

Carlisle Indian School Superintendent Moses Friedman requests to abolish two housekeeper positions, held by Annie R. Cranford and Elizabeth Egolf, at $180 per year. Friedman explained that the two housekeepers work at the "first farm" at the school, but the farm is so close to the school that it...

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Sale of Cows Potentially Infected with Tuberculosis
October 30, 1908 - November 7, 1908

Carlisle Indian School Superintendent Moses Friedman requests to sell 23 head of cows that reacted to a tuberculosis test. Friedman would like to sell them to a packing house where a Government Inspector is stationed. Acting Commissioner of Indian Affairs C. F. Larrabee grants permission.

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Sale of 60 Hogs
February 18, 1909 - February 25, 1909

Carlisle Indian School Superintendent Moses Friedman requests to sell 60 hogs. Acting Commissioner of Indian Affairs R. G. Valentine grants permission for Friedman to advertise the sale and to sell them at auction.

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Requests to Slaughter Calves, Hogs, and Cows and to Sell Cow and Calf Hides
January 6, 1910 - January 18, 1910

Carlisle Indian School Superintendent Moses Friedman requests to slaughter 60 calves, 60 hogs, and 20 old and unproductive cows for their students to eat. He also requests to sell 20 cow and 60 calf hides. Acting Commissioner of Indian Affairs F. H. Abbott authorizes all of Friedman's requests...

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Discussion of and Approval for Renting the Henderson Farm
August 11, 1910 - January 9, 1911

Carlisle Indian School Superintendent Moses Friedman forwards Agreements covering the rental of the Henderson tract of land adjoining the school for fiscal year 1911. Chief of the Education Division J. H. Dortch returns the contract and four copies and asks Friedman to sign it. Friedman returns...

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Issues with United Electric Company Contract
July 9, 1912 - August 28, 1912

Carlisle Indian School Superintendent Moses Friedman encloses a contract with the United Electric Company for electricity for industrial motors and another contract for the rental of the Henderson Farm. Acting Commissioner of Indian Affairs C. F. Hauke returns the electricity contract and points...

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Plans to Build Sewer System Underneath School Grounds and Henderson Farm
March 6, 1913 - March 18, 1913

J. Webster Henderson informs Carlisle Indian School Superintendent Moses Friedman that the Carlisle Borough is planning to build a sewage tunnel that will go underneath the school grounds and the Henderson Farm. Friedman then forwards Henderson's letter to the Commissioner of Indian Affairs and...

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Permission for Installation of a Sewer System under School Grounds and Henderson Farm
March 18, 1913

Assistant Secretary of the Interior Lewis C. Laylin informs J. Webster Henderson that he grants permission for the Carlisle Borough to begin the construction of a sewer underneath the the school's grounds and the Henderson Farm.

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Possibility of Selling Strip of Farm Land to Pennsylvania Railroad Company
January 4, 1915 - January 13, 1915

Supervisor in Charge of the Carlisle Indian School Oscar H. Lipps informs the Commissioner of Indian Affairs that the Pennsylvania Railroad Company would like to  purchase 7/1000 of an acre of Farm No. 1 to provide a bit more room to construct an overhead bridge over their tracks. Second...

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Sale of Three Cows that no longer Provide Milk
March 19, 1915 - May 12, 1915

Supervisor in Charge of the Carlisle Indian School Oscar H. Lipps requests to sell two old cows because they no longer give milk. Second Assistant Commissioner of Indian Affairs C. F. Hauke grants Lipps permission.Lipps later states that he sold a third cow and requests approval for this action...

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

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