The Carlisle Indian Industrial School photograph collection consists of photographs which cover the entire period of the Indian School's history from 1879-1918. These photos include every aspect of the Indian School's life including Indians in their tribal attire, classrooms, fire company, bands, sports, graduations pictures, and many of the alumnus who returned to visit Carlisle Barracks in the years that followed their graduation.
The Carlisle Indian Industrial School was the brainchild of a young lieutenant of the 10th United States (U.S.) Cavalry, Richard Henry Pratt. Lieutenant Pratt had great sympathy for the misery of the Indian, even while he was engaged in subduing the hostile tribes of the West. He became convinced that the solution to the Indian uprisings lay in the education of the Indian rather than in further bloodshed. No public schools allowed Indian students, but Pratt, with the help of influential sympathizers in public and private life and through his own persistence, determination, and hard work, succeeded in having Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania, made available for an Indian school in 1879. At Carlisle Barracks, the Indians received a sound education and each Indian, girl or boy, learned at least one mechanical trade or domestic skill. The Indian School also became famous for its Indian athletes like Jim Thorpe, Tewanima, and Chief Bender. The Carlisle Indian Industrial School remained at Carlisle Barracks until 1918.
United States Indian School (Carlisle, Pa.); Indians of North America -- Pennsylvania -- Carlisle; United States Indian School (Carlisle, Pa.) -- Students; United States Indian School (Carlisle, Pa.) -- Alumni and alumnae
U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center
Rights and Usage
See USAHEC Copyright Policy; See Inquiries & Reproductions Tab Above to Obtain Non-watermarked Image