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Potentially Terminal Illness of Ernest (Knocks Off)
December 6, 1880

Richard Henry Pratt informs the Commissioner of Indian Affairs that Chief White Thunder's son, Ernest, is very sick and may die. Pratt believes that it's "entirely his fault" and that he "wants to die."

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

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Request to Purchase 300 Washable Bedspreads and Blankets
December 6, 1880

Richard Henry Pratt requests to purchase 300 washable bedspreads and blankets for the male students in order to increase cleanliness. Pratt notes that he believes it will cost $495 or less.

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

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Report on Deaths of Maud (Little Girl) and Ernest (Knocks Off)
December 14, 1880

Physician Charles H. Hepburn provides a report on the deaths of two Rosebud Sioux students: Maud and Ernest. Maud died of multiple lung issues on December 13, 1880 with Ernest dying of diphtheria on December 14, 1880. Richard Henry Pratt forwards Hepburn's report to the Commissioner of Indian...

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Request for Five Crusts of Vaccine Virus
December 29, 1880

Richard Henry Pratt requests five crusts of vaccine virus for new students and for students who received the vaccine a year ago but for whom it did not work.

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

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Sioux Chiefs Protest Deaths of their Children to Interior and Ask for Local School
May 23, 1881

A Council of Sioux Chiefs including Spotted Tail, Two Strike, White Thunder, and Swift Bear from the Rosebud Agency writes to the Secretary of the Interior to protest the deaths of their children at Carlisle and asks for a local school in order to educate their children along with teachers. U.S...

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Request to Send Home Fannie Merrick and Mary Tyndall
May 4, 1883

Richard Henry Pratt requests to send home Fannie Merrick and Mary Tyndall. Pratt notes that Alice C. Fletcher is set to visit the Omaha reservation and can escort the two students back.

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Request for the Return of Tom Torlino
December 19, 1885

John H. Bowman, U.S. Indian Agent for the Navajo Agency, informs the Office of Indian Affairs that Tom Torlino should be returned home on account of his health.

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Requests Additional Funds to Visit Outing Students
May 15, 1900

Alfred John Standing requests an additional $200 to visit the outing homes of students during the year as well as having sick students returned.

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Allen Requests 150 Vaccines for Recently Arrived Students
March 11, 1903

Edgar A. Allen requests an additional 150 vaccines to inoculate recently arrived students.

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Report of Physician
January 16, 1905

F. Shoemaker, the school physician, complies a report that indicates that there is one case of epilepsy, two cases of scoliosis, and three cases of tuberculosis at the school.

Format: Reports
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Request to Pay Bill for Funeral Services of Clarissa Winnie
March 8, 1907

William A. Mercer requests authority to pay for the services and articles furnished by the undertaker related to the burial of Clarissa Winnie (here Clarissa Winne).

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Mercer Provides Justification for Not Returning Money of Amos Thomas
March 9, 1907

William A. Mercer clarifies his decision to withhold the money at the Carlisle Indian School of Amos Thomas. Mercer outlines the steps to determine the decision to forfeit the money.

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Request to Pay Bill for Treatment of Clarissa Winnie
March 9, 1907

William A. Mercer requests voucher to pay for the services of local Carlisle doctors in the treatment of Clarissa Winnie.

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Inquiry into Modification of Legislation to Enable Return of Alaskan Students
March 23, 1907

William A. Mercer inquires of the Office of Indian Affairs whether there was a modification of legislation to enable an unlimited number of Alaskan students to their homes. Mercer notes that 12 or 14 students should be returned home due to time or health.

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Mercer Forwards Voucher for Treatment of Tena Hood
June 1, 1906

William A. Mercer forwards voucher for bill covering treatment of Tena Hood while on outing.

Format: Financial Documents, Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Request for Return Home of Three Sick Students
October 14 - 21, 1908

These materials include correspondence regarding a request from Superintendent of the Carlisle Indian School Moses Friedman to return three pupils with pulmonary tuberculosis to their homes.

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Tuberculosis Investigation by Joseph Murphy for February 1909
February 19, 1909

This material includes a forwarded press copy report detailing the findings of Medical Supervisor Joseph A. Murphy's investigation of tuberculosis at the Carlisle Indian School in 1909. This report includes a list of pupils diagnosed with tuberculosis and recommended to be sent home.

Format: Letters/Correspondence, Reports
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Visit from Doctor to Help Treat Trachoma Cases Among Students
December 6, 1911 - December 22, 1911

Daniel W. White, the Department of the Interior Eye and Trachoma Expert, asks Carlisle Indian School Surgeon in Charge Dr. A. R. Allen to request, through Superintendent Friedman, to send White to Carlisle after the holidays. Allen forwards White's letter to Friedman. Friedman requests that the...

Format: Financial Documents, Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Examination of the School's Water Supply
December 24, 1913

Carlisle Indian School Superintendent Moses Friedman transmits an examination conducted by the State Chemical Department of the school's water.

Format: Letters/Correspondence, Reports
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Large Percentage of Students Afflicted with Trachoma
June 4, 1914 - June 22, 1914

Supervisor in Charge of the Carlisle Indian School Oscar H. Lipps informs the Commissioner of Indian Affairs that The Report of the Joint Congressional Investigating Committee found that a "large percentage" of the student body have trachoma. Lipps requests that the Commissioner sends one of his...

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Notice of Illness of Sarah Parkhurst
August 26, 1914

This document contains corresponence concerning the appendicitis case of Sarah Parkhurst. This includes a medical bill. 

Format: Financial Documents
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Request for Funds for Hospital Care of Katherine Peters while on Outing
November 3, 1914

Carlisle Indian School Superintendent Oscar H. Lipps requests to spend $32 from the "Indian School, Carlisle, Pa., 1915" account on hospital care and operating room fees for student Katherine Peters. Peters suffered from appendicitis while on outing.

Format: Financial Documents
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Denial of a Trial for Carlisle Indian School Physician's Potential Tuberculosis Remedy
December 4, 1914 - January 23, 1915

Carlisle Indian School Physician Dr. Walter Rendtorff informs the Commissioner of Indian Affairs that he thinks he may have developed a cure for tuberculosis, which he has used on David Belin and two others. He requests to give it a trial at the Fort Lapwai and Toledo sanitariums. 

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Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Health Reports of Walter Winsborough
January 8 - March 6, 1917

These materials include correspondence regarding reports on the health of Walter Winsborough to his mother Mary Wells. Additionally, a request from Winsborough's parents was sent through Senator Harry Lane to return him to his home.

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Report on Health of Edward Williams
September 7-15, 1917

These materials contain correspondence regarding a report on the health of Edward Williams who was admitted to the hospital at the Carlisle School with a case of pneumonia aggravated by tuberculosis.

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

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