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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 1881-1884 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 1882-1884 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 particularly interesting letter describes two Spokane students running away on the train and being brought back to the school by other students.

Mary Richardson Walker was a former missionary and the mother of Belle Putnam Walker, one of the teachers at the school. Mary visited with and hired Native students from the school, particularly Spokane children who were related to Natives she had known at the Tshimakain mission in the 1830s-1840s. Excerpts from her diary provide information about how the students' lives intersected with the lives of white Forest Grove residents.