Carlisle Indian Industrial School (Pennsylvania)

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The Carlisle Indian Industrial School was established in Carlisle, Pennsylvania in 1879. It was the first official effort at establishing boarding schools which removed Native American children from their homes and other familiar surroundings in order to teach them English and to train them away from their culture.

Many of the early records of Carlisle are housed at the National Archives in Washington, DC. They include such records as:

  • Student records, 1879-1918
  • Student record cards, 1879-1918
  • Student information cards, 1879-1918
  • Enrollment cards, 1897-1913
  • Attendance books, 1884-1891
  • Enrollment status book, 1898-1912
  • Data concerning former students, abt. 1898

A 1911 census of Carlisle Indian School has been microfilmed as part of National Archives Microcopy M595 and is available at the National Archives and many of its branches, and at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah (Family History Library film number 573863).

Microfilm copies of “Narrative and Statistical Reports” for Carlisle are included in National Archives Microcopy M1011, available in the National Archives system and in the collections of the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, beginning with their film number 1724219.