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The National Archives holds the school's administrative and student records, which include more detailed and comprehensive by-name lists of students. They are found in Record Group 75 (Records of the Bureau of Indian Affairs). Contact:

Old Military and Civil Records (NWCTB)
National Archives Building
700 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20408-0001

The USAHEC possesses some material on the Carlisle Indian Industrial School, which was founded by Richard H. Pratt and was located at Carlisle Barracks from 1879 to 1918. Richard Pratt’s papers are held at Yale University, but the USAHEC holds books, journal articles, files, some of the many newspapers created by students (paper, microfilm, and on CD), school catalogs, 18 boxes of papers (mostly small pamphlets and publications), and photographs. These materials are of limited use in research concerning specific students.

Other locations of materials about the Indian School include:

Cumberland County Historical Society
21 North Pitt Street
Carlisle, PA 17013

Additional resources can be found at The Library of Dickinson College, Carlisle; The Still Picture Branch of the Library of Congress, Washington, DC; and The Division of Ethnology, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC.

The Carlisle Indian School Digital Resource Center has digitized school records housed at the U.S. National Archives as part of the Bureau of Indian Affairs papers. The Resource Center offers a browse feature to research Student Files, Images, Publications, Lists and Rosters, as well as Cemetery Information. Additional Resources provides synopses and links to other institutional collections.

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