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Teachers' Diaries & Letters

Several teachers at the Indian School wrote diaries and letters that have survived in the Pacific University Archives. 

Samuel A. T. Walker's diaries from 1881-1883 consist of short, daily records that he kept each day while working as the shoemaking instructor for the Forest Grove Indian Training School. Though brief, they provide a sketch of the daily routine for the students in his care. [His 1882 and 1883 diaries are to-be-added.]

Mary Frances Lyman was a Pacific University graduate, and the daughter of a prominent local preacher and professor. She taught at the Indian School beginning in 1882 or possibly earlier. She wrote numerous letters to her father, some of which mention the school. A particular interesting letter describes two Spokane students running away on the train and being brought back to the school by other students. 

Alanson "Lant" Hinman was the son of one of the founders of Pacific University. He worked at the school in the early 1880s, supervising the boys when they were sent out to work on neighboring farms. He kept a daily diary with brief entries describing his work. [Diary to-be-added.]