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Excerpt from Annual Report of the Commissioner of Indian Affairs, 1908
1908

An excerpt from the Annual Report of the Commissioner of Indian Affairs to the Secretary of the Interior for the fiscal year ending 1908, containing the Twenty-Ninth Annual Report of the Carlisle Indian Industrial School. The report includes brief discussions of enrollment statistics, academic...

Repository: Dickinson College Archives & Special Collections
Slate showing student work with name Luther Otakte [version 1], c. 1880

Image of a slate such as those used by students. This slate shows a drawing of a man shooting an arrow at a bird next to a tree, math problems, the name "Luther Otakte," and an example of writing referring to teacher Miss Burgess. Along the side is written "Choate Photographer." 

It is...

Format: Glass Plate Negative
Repository: National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution
Slate showing student work with name Luther Otakte [version 2], c. 1880

Image of a slate such as those used by students. This slate shows a drawing of a man shooting an arrow at a bird next to a tree, math problems, the name "Luther Otakte," and an example of writing referring to teacher Miss Burgess. Along the side is written "Choate Photographer." 

It is...

Format: Photographic Print, B&W
Repository: Cumberland County Historical Society
Slate showing student work with names R. B. Hayes and John Williams [version 1], 1880

Image of a slate such as those used by students. This slate contains examples of written vocabulary words, written text, a copy of a brief note from student R. B. Hayes to his father dated June 25, 1880, a drawing of a man on a horse apparently signed John Williams, and an example of a math...

Format: Glass Plate Negative
Repository: National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution
Slate showing student work with names R. B. Hayes and John Williams [version 2], 1880

Image of a slate such as those used by students. This slate contains examples of written vocabulary words, written text, a copy of a brief note from student R. B. Hayes to his father dated June 25, 1880, a drawing of a man on a horse apparently signed John Williams, and an example of a math...

Format: Photographic Print, B&W
Repository: Cumberland County Historical Society
The Indian Helper (Vol. 3, No. 27)
February 17, 1888

The first page opened with a poem, " A Short Sermon," followed by a letter to the Man-on-the-Band-Stand dated Feb 7, 1888 from M. Burgess, entitled "A Sleeping Car," about the comforts of traveling in a sleeping car, which continued on page four.  Page two featured a report called "The Full...

Repository: Cumberland County Historical Society
The Indian Helper (Vol. 4, No. 26)
February 15, 1889

The first page began with an untitled poem that began with the first line, “Waste not moments, no, nor words,” followed by A-Te-Ka’s letter to the Man-on-the-band-stand titled “It Took Eight Years to Discover a Mistake.” The letter recalled a December 1881 article on early student art work from...

Repository: Cumberland County Historical Society
The Indian Helper (Vol. 4, No. 29)
March 8, 1889

The first page opened with a poem "March" by Bessie Chandler followed by an article titled "Feasted By the Blind" which was an account of visiting students from the Pennsylvania Institution for the Instruction of the Blind who got a tour of the Indian school and gave an entertainment that...

Repository: Cumberland County Historical Society
The School News (Vol. 2, No. 6)
November 1881

The first page talked about the cost of educating an Indian vs the cost of killing one to support the Indian Schools. The article was titled “The Amount it Takes to Kill One Indian Would Establish Many School Like Carlisle and Hampton” by Michael Burns (Apache). The second page has an article...

Repository: Cumberland County Historical Society
Enrollment of Carlisle Students in Art School in Philadelphia
January 28, 1908 - February 26, 1914

Howard Fremont Stratton, Director of the Art Department at the School of Industrial Art of the Pennsylvania Museum, asks Commissioner of Indian Affairs Cato Sells why the Bureau of Indian Affairs does not pay the living expenses of Indian students, many of whom formerly attended Carlisle,...

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Sales of Student Products in Dives, Pomeroy & Stewart Department Store
February 19, 1908 - March 26, 1908

These materials include correspondence about an exhibit and sale of student-produced artwork and articles at the Dives, Pomeroy & Stewart department store in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Between March 2nd and March 14th of 1908, students were sent to exhibit and sell these articles, with 90% of...

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Inspection Report of Estelle Reel for May 1908
May 16, 1908

These materials include an inspection report performed by Superintendent of Indian Schools Estelle Reel in May, 1906. Reel's report mentions the buildings and grounds (including the new hospital), improvements since the previous visit, student oratory work, and student artwork.

Format: Reports
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Appointment of William H. Dietz at Assistant Arts Teacher
October 14-20, 1908

These materials include correspondence between Superintendent Moses Friedman and the Commissioner of Indian Affairs concerning the beginning of William H. Dietz's employment as assistant teacher of Native Indian art. 

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Student Products for Exhibition in Quito, Ecuador
February 8, 1909 - May 13, 1909

These materials include correspondence regarding student-produced artwork and articles sent for an exhibition in Quito, Ecuador. Products from Carlisle were provided for the exhibit; the correspondence discusses what items were provided as well as the production and retail prices for the...

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Draft of 30th Annual Report of the Carlisle Indian School
July 31, 1909 - August 6, 1909

These materials include correspondence and a draft of Superintendent Friedman's 30th Annual Report for the Carlisle Indian School, reflecting the period ending July 31, 1909. Friedman forwarded the draft to a Bureau official, along with information on how to have news published in Carlisle's...

Format: Financial Documents, Legal and Government Documents, Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Possibility of Abolishing the Native Indian Arts Department
July 13 - December 16, 1911

Noting heavy criticism from H. B. Peairs and Charles F. Pierce, Superintendent Moses Friedman asks Commissioner of Indian Affairs R. G. Valentine if he wants Carlisle to continue its Native Indian Arts department, which was started February 1, 1906.

Before making a decision, Valentine...

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