Pipestone Indian Boarding School
The Pipestone Indian Boarding School in Pipestone, Minnesota was established in 1892 and the first students arrived there shortly after the completion of the first building. Children from several states and tribes of the Midwest were students there, including those from the Dakota, Oneida, Pottawattomie, Arikara, Sac and Fox, and other tribes. The Pipestone School supervised the Birch Cooley Day School from 1899 to 1920. It also had agency duties and operated as the Pipestone Agency, beginning in 1914.
As with all Indian boarding schools, the typical schedule was for the students to spend half the day in classes and the other half day in vocational training.
The school was closed in 1953.
An index to the names of students who attended the Pipestone School is available online from the Central Plains Regional Archives of the National Archives and Records Administration in Kansas City.
Other records of Pipestone School are also available at the Central Plains Regional Archives of the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) in Kansas City, including
- Individual student case files, 1910-1964 (Copies of these files may be ordered from them.)
- School census cards, 1942-1952
- Register of completion of classes and school enrollment, 1897-1948
- Social welfare student information cards, ca. 1938-1950
- and other administrative files of the school, such as reports, correspondence, employees records
These records are not available online.
The 1910 census of the students at the Pipestone School is also available online.
Microfilm copies of ...Narrative and Statistical Reports... for the Pipestone School, 1910-1937, are included in National Archives Microcopy M1011, Rolls 107-108, available in the National Archives system and in the collections of the Family History Library in Salt Lake City (their microfilm numbers 1724325-1724326).
- American Indians: A Select Catalog of National Archives Microfilm Publications. Washington DC: National Archives Trust Fund Board, National Archives and Records Administration, 1998.
- Hill, Edward E. (comp.). Guide to Records in the National Archives of the United States Relating to American Indians. Washington DC: National Archives and Records Service, General Services Administration, 1981.
- Preliminary Inventory No. 163: Records of the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Washington DC: National Archives and Records Services. Available online
- "Accompanying Pamphlet for Microcopy 1011", National Archives Microfilm Publications, Appendix.
Marquette University. Guide to Catholic-Related Records in the Midwest about Native Americans.