Carlisle Indian Industrial School Research Request Order Form

It is believed that 10,000 to 12,000 students once attended the first off-reservation boarding school, which was located in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. The Cumberland County Historical Society has an extensive collection of original documents, photographs, and objects left from the school. For a fee, trained volunteers will search through items preserved in the collections of the Hamilton Library. These items include the 1900 and 1910 Census Records, over forty years of publications produced by the students, hundreds of photographs, the papers of the Society of American Indians, access to the student rosters held at the National Archives and a photo summary from the Smithsonian Institute. Researches also are able to use a variety of secondary sources, which have been published after the school closed in 1918. Upon receipt of payment and completed form, we will search the following:

Name and Tribe index
Indian School photographs
Indian School newspapers
Primary sources
Other records (i.e. school catalogs, publications, articles, census data).

The fee for this service is $30 for CCHS members and $40 for non-members. Please provide all names, dates and places regarding your request. Inquiries are handled in the order they are received. Please note that due to limited staff and volunteer researchers, there may be a delay of several weeks before your inquiry is started.

© 2017 Cumberland County Historical Society | 21 North Pitt Street, Carlisle, PA | 717-249-7610