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The Indian Helper (Vol. 3, No. 46)
June 29, 1888

The first page opened with a poem selected “by Mrs. Pettinos,” titled “The Sun and the Wind,” followed by a conversation about the meaning of the 4th of July and how an Indian School student might be influenced to extend his time at the school instead of returning to the reservation. Page two...

Repository: Cumberland County Historical Society
Request for Personal and School Supplies for Carlisle Indian School
September 9, 1879

List of supplies requested by Richard Henry Pratt for the school he is preparing to establish at Carlisle Barracks. Requested supplies include clothing, fabric, sewing supplies, tableware, cooking supplies, and firefighting equipment.

Pratt refers to this request list in a letter sent to...

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Request to Supply Shoes for New Indian School
September 16, 1879

Jonathan Cornman requests to manufacture and repair shoes for Indian women and children that are rumored to be quartering at the Carlisle Barracks in the fall.

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

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Approval to Purchase $2,000 of Supplies for New Students
October 1, 1879

Acting Secretary of the Interior A. Bell grants authority to purchase a list of articles and supplies, including bedding and clothing, amounting to $2,000, on the open market rather than through regular government contractors. This action was taken because, as the letter notes, the students...

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
Approval to Purchase Bedding, Furniture, and Kitchen Supplies
October 31, 1879

Secretary of the Interior Carl Schurz grants Richard Henry Pratt authority to purchase a list of supplies amounting to $1,998.25 on the open market. The list of supplies mostly includes bedding, furniture, and kitchen supplies.

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

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Request for Authority to Purchase Student Clothing and Personal Supplies
October 31, 1879

Richard Henry Pratt writes to Commissioner of Indian Affairs Ezra A. Hayt requesting authority to purchase personal supplies for students, including clothing and tolietries for both males and females.

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Urgent Request for Cold-Weather Clothing
November 4, 1879

Richard Henry Pratt writes to Commissioner of Indian Affairs Ezra Hayt, requesting permission to spend $1000 on cold weather clothing for students. Pratt notes that supplies requested two months previous had not yet arrived, and that cold weather had set in at Carlisle.

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Complaint Regarding Quality of Student Clothing
November 7, 1879

Richard Henry Pratt writes to Commissioner of Indian Affairs Ezra Hayt regarding the quality of clothing provided to Carlisle Indian School students. Pratt complains that the partial order of clothing he received from the Bureau is not durable or warm enough, and leaves students uncomfortable...

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Authority to Purchase a Cooking Range, Clothing, and Furniture
November 12, 1879

Secretary of the Interior Carl Schurz authorizes Richard Henry Pratt to visit New York City and spend $2,000 to purchase a cooking range, clothing, furniture, and supplies.

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

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Organization of Boys into Companies, Arrival of Bedding, and Construction on Chapel
November 13, 1879

Richard H. Pratt provides updates on the progress he's made since Sunday. Most notably, Pratt has organized the male students into companies, and they now occupy eight rooms instead of five, the bedding has arrived, and they've started building the foundation for the chapel and assembly room....

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Variety of Updates on the Carlisle Indian School
December 1, 1879

Richard Henry Pratt provides Commissioner of Indian Affairs E. A. Hayt with a variety of updates about the Carlisle Indian School: everyone is in good health, he will send Hayt a uniform sample in a few days, his corps of assistants is almost complete, he's found a clerk, he'd like to keep a...

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Cost of Manufacturing Uniforms
December 13, 1879

Richard Henry Pratt informs Acting Commissioner of Indian Affairs E. J. Brooks that the cost of manufacturing uniform suits ranges from $5.50 to $8.00, with the addition of corporal and sergeant striping increasing the cost to over $8.00.

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

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Pratt Won't Screen Students' Letters Home
December 19, 1879

Richard Henry Pratt writes to Commissioner of Indian Affairs Ezra Hayt, responding to a forwarded letter from Major Pollock of the Rosebud Agency. Pratt argues against screening students' letters home, suggesting that it would harm the government's relationship with their parents and chiefs....

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
Request for Former Student to be Appointed to Assistant Tailor Position
February 19, 1900

Richard Henry Pratt requests that a former student be appointed to the position of assistant tailor to aid with the manufacture of uniforms and clothing for 600 boys.

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Mercer Responds to Request to Reenroll Murphy Tarby
October 10, 1904 - April 26, 1907

William A. Mercer responds to an inquiry to reenroll Murphy Tarby at the Carlisle Indian School in order for Tarby to attend the Dickinson Preparatory School.

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Enclosure of Three Claim Vouchers
December 18, 1911 - December 30, 1911

Carlisle Indian School Superintendent Moses Friedman encloses three claim vouchers for approval. The vouchers are from the B. F. Sturtevant Company, Alfredy Lowry & Bro., and D. Klein & Bro. Makers of Army and Navy Uniforms.

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Fiscal Year 1914 Estimate of Funds for Supplies
October 19, 1912 - November 5, 1912

Carlisle Indian School Moses Friedman informs the Commissioner of Indian Affairs that his allowance of $54,668.99 for supplies for fiscal year 1914 should be increased by $15,000. He is basing his request on needing provisions for 600 students and clothing for 800 students. 

Acting...

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Claim for 72 Pairs of Shoes Amounting to $97.20 in favor of Shoe Company
November 4, 1914 - May 1, 1915

Assistant Commissioner of Indian Affairs E. B. Meritt acknowledges receipt of communication from Joseph M. Herman Shoe Co. regarding the Carlisle Indian School Supervisor in Charge refusing to pay a $97.20 bill for delivering shoes to the school. Meritt asks Supervisor in Charge Oscar H. Lipps...

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