Thursday, January 16, 2014

Carlisle Indian School Papers Are Now Online

Thanks to Larry Cebula for bringing this collection to my attention.  The Archives and Special Collections Department at the Waidner-Spahr Library at Dickinson College are developing a "comprehensive database of Carlisle Indian Industrial School Resources."  Here is a description:

Beginning with the school records housed at the U.S. National Archives as part of the Bureau of Indian Affairs papers, we plan to digitize materials that tell the story of the school and the many thousands of students who were sent there. Desiring to add to the school's history beyond the official documentation, we will seek partners among those institutions that hold additional records regarding the school, its many students, and its instructors. Subsequent phases of this project will develop the capability for user interactivity, so that individuals may contribute their own digitized photos, documents, oral histories, and other personal materials to the online collection. The website will host teaching and learning materials utilizing the digitized content and database, and will support the addition of original scholarly and popular works based on the Carlisle Indian Industrial School Project resources.

Learn more here.