Established in 1879, the Carlisle Indian Industrial School was the first off-reservation boarding school directly managed by the federal government. Its concepts and methods for educating and assimilating Native American children became the blueprint for many other schools across the United States. During its 39 years of operation, the school enrolled roughly 8,000 students.
In order to facilitate teaching about this often-overlooked part of American history, we have assembled this collection of facsimile reproductions. These photographs, newspapers, and pamphlets were originally produced as a means of documenting and promoting the mission of the Carlisle Indian School, but they can now be used by today's students to examine, interrogate, interpret, and evaluate this complicated history.
Thanks to generous support from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission, these teaching kits were prepared from original materials held by the Cumberland County Historical Society, the Dickinson College Archives and Special Collections, and the National Archives and Records Administration. They represent just a small fraction of the hundreds of thousands of pages of digitized material that can be accessed from the Carlisle Indian School Digital Resource Center website, found at http://carlisleindian.dickinson.edu.
The website also includes several teaching modules and lesson plans that offer secondary and post-secondary instructors some ideas for how to explore this history. These teaching materials are available at http://carlisleindian.dickinson.edu/teaching.