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Administrative Records Related to American Indian Schools

In addition to the Student Case Files, researchers can locate administrative records pertaining to American Indian schools at many National Archives facilities nationwide. These records can include correspondence, reports, school censuses, attendance records, and photographs created and maintained by the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), its field agencies, and non-reservation boarding schools.

These records often include information about local American Indian students attending non-reservation boarding schools. These record series may include:

  • Annuals, journals and publications
  • Correspondence
  • Financial documents
  • Medical records
  • Registers
  • Reports
  • School applications

Examples of Records Available:

For other records, visit the National Archives Catalog and search for "Indian schools."

Indian School Journal from Chilocco Indian School, Oklahoma

Indian School Journal, 1904-1926 (National Archives Identifier 1105265) was published by students and printed at Chilocco Indian School. The magazine included articles about the Indian service, various tribes, stories, poems, inspirational pieces, and many photographs of students, faculty, school buildings, Indian houses, and artifacts. The complete Indian School Journal is digitized and available in PDF format in the National Archives Catalog.

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