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Request to Purchase School Supplies on Open Market
March 9, 1880

Richard Henry Pratt requests permission from the Commissioner of Indian Affairs to immediately purchase school supplies on the open market. Pratt notes that these supplies were not provided when requested from the Department, and that a recent increase in pupils necessitates their purchase.

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Additional Coal Purchase for First Quarter 1880
March 13, 1880

Richard Henry Pratt informs the Commissioner of Indian Affairs that the approved expenditure for coal for the first quarter of 1880 did not meet the school's needs. Pratt requests funds to purchase additional coal for the first quarter, and refers to a previous letter on the subject.

Format: Financial Documents, Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Special Estimate of Funds, First Quarter 1880
March 13, 1880

Richard Henry Pratt submits a "Special" Estimate of Funds form amounting to $3,075.25 for areas covering employee salary, clothing, water, coal, and chapel.

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

Format: Financial Documents, Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Estimate of Funds, Second Quarter 1880
March 16, 1880

Estimate of funds for the second quarter of 1880 amounting to $11,350 for areas covering subsistence, employee pay, repairs, clothing, mechanical industries, supplies, and contingencies.

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

Format: Legal and Government Documents, Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Request for Funds for Dormitory Furniture
March 16, 1880

Based on a discussion with the Secretary of the Interior and the Acting Commissioner of Indian Affairs, Richard Henry Pratt requests funds for the purchase of 110 sets of dormitory furniture on the open market.

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Request for Authority to Cover $4,850 of Expenses
April 9, 1880

Richard Henry Pratt acknowledges receipt of the Commissioner of Indian Affairs' statement of funds that covers some of the Carlisle Indian School's expenses during the first and second quarter of fiscal year 1879-1880. Pratt requests authority to use funds for five other expenses amounting to $4...

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Request to Hire Instructor to Start Student Band
April 17, 1880

Richard Henry Pratt informs Commissioner of Indian Affairs R. E. Trowbridge that when the late and former Commissioner, E. A. Hayt, visited the school several months ago, he recommended that Pratt hire an instructor and start a student band at the Carlisle Indian School. Pratt has finally found...

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Request to Purchase Chairs and Desks
April 17, 1880

Richard Henry Pratt requests authority to purchase 300 dining room stools, 72 desks, 30 rear seats, and 5 teacher's desks amounting to $545

Note: This item was copied from U.S. National Archives microfilm reels (M234), which were filmed from the original documents found in Record Group 75...

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Request to Purchase Materials to Build a Carriage
April 23, 1880

Richard Henry Pratt requests to spend $65 on materials for his blacksmith and wagonmaker to make a carriage to travel to the town of Carlisle and the surrounding countryside.

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Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Issues with Receiving Hose, Pipes, and a Carriage
May 7, 1880

Richard Henry Pratt describes the problems he's having with receiving rubber hose, hose pipes, and one hose carriage from September 1879's estimate for supplies.

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
Pratt's Request to Select Food for the School
May 7, 1880

Richard Henry Pratt requests authority to purchase food for students instead of using the government-issued rations. Pratt requests to spend up to 17.5¢ per student per day and to be able to choose food for the students so that they can receive better nutrition.

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Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Pratt's Request for Authority to Return to Carlisle from Washington, D.C.
May 12, 1880

Richard Henry Pratt requests authority to return to Carlisle from Washington, D.C.

Note: This item was copied from U.S. National Archives microfilm reels (M234), which were filmed from the original documents found in Record Group 75, Entry 79, "Letters Received by the Office of Indian...

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Special Estimate of Funds, Second Quarter 1880
June 3, 1880

Richard Henry Pratt submits a "Special" Estimate of Funds form for the second quarter of 1880 amounting to $1,100.80 for areas covering traveling expenses, supplies, contingencies, and clothing.

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Format: Financial Documents, Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Return of Medical Property, First Quarter 1880
June 11, 1880

Richard H. Pratt transmits to Commissioner of Indian Affairs R. E. Trowbridge his Return of Medical Property form for the first quarter of 1880.

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

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Request to Purchase Materials to Manufacture Clothing
June 14, 1880

Richard Henry Pratt requests Commissioner of Indian Affairs R. E. Trowbridge's authority to spend $250 to purchase and manufacture clothing for the current quarter.

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Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Request to Purchase Tents for Summer Camp
June 14, 1880

Richard Henry Pratt requests to purchase 20 standard tents and 2 hospital tents. Pratt wants the tents because he intends to form two detachments of boys and one detachment of girls and send them to camp in the mountains near the school for a period of three weeks each.

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Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Estimate of Funds, Third Quarter 1880
June 18, 1880 - August 4, 1880

Estimate of funds for the third quarter of 1880 amounting to $8,805 for areas covering subsistence, employee pay, clothing, supplies, and contingencies. Two explanatory cover letters are attached.

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Format: Financial Documents, Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Request for Commissioner to Reconsider Declining the Purchase of Tents
June 20, 1880

Richard Henry Pratt writes to Acting Commissioner of Indian Affairs E. J. Brooks regarding Brooks' decision to not allow Pratt to purchase tents or take his students to camp in the mountains over the summer. Pratt tells Brooks that he had already discussed the plan with Commissioner R. E....

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Quality of Student-Produced Tin Ware
June 30, 1880

Inspector E. C. Cooper informs Commissioner of Indian Affairs R. E. Trowbridge that he's inspected tin ware samples, like coffee boilers, funnels, cups, and pails that were made by Carlisle Indian School students and finds that they're as good, if not better, than the tin ware that the Bureau of...

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Estimate of Tools and Material, July 1880
July 2, 1880

Lieutenant in Charge Richard H. Pratt submits an estimate of tools and material amounting to $1,400 needed for the Carlisle Indian School to build wagons and carriages.

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
Request for Funds to Paint Tin Roofs
July 17, 1880

Richard Henry Pratt requests $350 to paint the tin roofs on the Carlisle Indian School's buildings. Pratt adds that the roofs have been in disrepair since the school began.

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
Request to Purchase Coal Annually
July 31, 1880

Richard Henry Pratt requests to buy an annual supply of coal, approximately 400 tons, for $2,280.00. Pratt notes that he normally purchases coal monthly, but he'd rather buy a full year's supply to avoid having it shipped in the winter.

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Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Request for Paint Supplies to Paint Exterior Walls and Porches
August 6, 1880

Richard Henry Pratt informs Commissioner of Indian Affairs R. E. Trowbridge that many of the buildings are in desperate need of new paint, especially the exterior walls and porches. Pratt asks that his previous request for painting supplies for the campus buildings' roofs be increased for the...

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Question Regarding Authority to Purchase Tents
August 9, 1880

Richard Henry Pratt inquires if he has authority to purchase tents as he informs the Office of Indian Affairs he has not received a letter confirming their telegram of June 24, 1880.

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

Format: Letters/Correspondence
Repository: National Archives and Records Administration
Request to Purchase Materials to Build a Hose Carriage
August 10, 1880

Richard Henry Pratt requests to spend $50 on material to build a hose carriage.

Note: This item was copied from U.S. National Archives microfilm reels (M234), which were filmed from the original documents found in Record Group 75, Entry 79, "Letters Received by the Office of Indian...

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

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