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Government Reports

One of the most complete sources we have on how the school was organized and how the classes functioned are in reports that were printed in government publications such as the Annual Report of the Commissioner of Indian Affairs. The Pacific University Archives does not have original copies of these documents, but links to scanned copies are provided below. If you are searching for additional documentation, such as original handwritten office files, some original documents are currently stored in the Seattle branch of the National Archives. Many other records that once existed, however, have not survived; the archival record is fragmentary.

Annual Superintendent's Reports

Each year, the superintendent of the Forest Grove Indian School made an official report to the Secretary of the Interior, which would be published by the Government Printing Office (GPO). 

1880 Report
Wilkinson, M.C. “Report of School at Forest Grove.” In Annual Report of the Commissioner of Indian Affairs, for the Year 1880, 177–78. Washington D.C.: GPO, 1880. http://digicoll.library.wisc.edu.

1881 Report
Wilkinson, M.C. “Report of School at Forest Grove.” In Annual Report of the Commissioner of Indian Affairs, for the Year 1881, 198–200. Washington D.C.: GPO, 1881. http://digicoll.library.wisc.edu.

1882 Report
Wilkinson, M.C. “Report of Forest Grove School.” In Annual Report of the Commissioner of Indian Affairs, for the Year 1882, 187–90. Washington D.C.: GPO, 1882. http://digicoll.library.wisc.edu.

1883 Report
Minthorn, H.J. “Report of Forest Grove School.” In Annual Report of the Commissioner of Indian Affairs, for the Year 1883, 180–83. Washington D.C.: GPO, 1883. http://digicoll.library.wisc.edu.

1884 Report
Minthorn, H.J. “Report of Forest Grove School.” In Annual Report of the Commissioner of Indian Affairs, for the Year 1884, 202–7. Washington D.C.: GPO, 1884. http://digicoll.library.wisc.edu.

1885 Report
Coffin, W.V. “Report of Forest Grove School.” In Annual Report of the Commissioner of Indian Affairs, for the Year 1885, 222–25. Washington D.C.: GPO, 1885. http://digicoll.library.wisc.edu.

1886 Report (after the school moved to Salem)
Lee, John. “Indian Industrial School, Salem, Oreg." In Annual Report of the Commissioner of Indian Affairs, for the Year 1886, 15-18. Washington D.C.: GPO, 1886. http://digicoll.library.wisc.edu.

1887 Report (after the school moved to Salem)
Lee, John. “Salem Indian Industrial School” In Annual Report of the Commissioner of Indian Affairs, for the Year 1887, 252–6. Washington D.C.: GPO, 1887. http://digicoll.library.wisc.edu.

 

Bi-Annual Employee Registers

Every two years, the Government Printing Office (GPO) published a list of federal employees, including employees of the Forest Grove Indian School. These listings have somewhat frequent typographical errors in the names and are not absolutely complete lists of everyone who worked at the school, but they do provide some details about both its white and Native workers.

1881 Register 
“Indian Training Schools.” In Official Register of the United States, 1:617. Washington D.C.: GPO, 1881. https://babel.hathitrust.org.

1883 Register
“Indian Training Schools.” In Official Register of the United States, 1:586–87. Washington D.C.: GPO, 1883. https://babel.hathitrust.org.

1885 Register
“Indian Training Schools.” In Official Register of the United States, 1:541. Washington D.C.: GPO, 1885. https://babel.hathitrust.org.

Education Statistics

1880 Stats
"Table of statistics relating to population, education, &c., by tribes and their respective
agencies." In Annual Report of the Commissioner of Indian Affairs, for the Year 1880, 177–78. Washington D.C.: GPO, 1880. 

1881 Stats
"Table of statistics relating to population, education, &c., by tribes and their respective agencies.” In Annual Report of the Commissioner of Indian Affairs, for the Year 1881, 198–200. Washington D.C.: GPO, 1881. 

1882 Stats
"Table of statistics relating to Indian education." In Annual Report of the Commissioner of Indian Affairs, for the Year 1882, 187–90. Washington D.C.: GPO, 1882. http://digicoll.library.wisc.edu.

1883 Stats
"Statistics of Indian Schools." In Annual Report of the Commissioner of Indian Affairs, for the Year 1883, 180–83. Washington D.C.: GPO, 1883. http://digicoll.library.wisc.edu.

1884 Stats
"Table of statistics relating to Indian education." In Annual Report of the Commissioner of Indian Affairs, for the Year 1884, 202–7. Washington D.C.: GPO, 1884. http://digicoll.library.wisc.edu.

1885 Stats
Table B, "Report of the Indian School Superintendent." In Annual Report of the Commissioner of Indian Affairs, for the Year 1885, CXCII-CCI. Washington D.C.: GPO, 1885. http://digicoll.library.wisc.edu.

Other Government Reports

Jackson, Sheldon. "Report of Sitka School." Annual Report of the Commissioner of Indian Affairs the Secretary of the Interior. Washington, DC: GPO, 1885. pp. 256-263.
Information by Sheldon Jackson, on John Walker, a full blooded Puyallup, educated at the Forest Grove Indian Training School. He later worked as the Industrial teacher at the school in Sitka, Alaska.

"Nisqually and S'kokomoish Agency." Report of the Commissioner of Indian Affairs to the Secretary of the Interior. Washington, DC: GPO, 1883. pp. 147-149. Google Books.
Explains how many students were sent to the Indian Training School in 1883 from the Nisqually and S'kokomish Agency.

"Puyallup Indian Reservation." Report of the Commissioner of Indian Affairs to the Secretary of the Interior. Washington, DC: GPO, 1883. pp. 149-151. Google Books.
Explains how many students were sent to the Indian Training School in 1883 from the Puyallup Agency.

Jackson, Sheldon. "Report of Sitka School." Annual Report of the Commissioner of Indian Affairs the Secretary of the Interior. Washington, DC: GPO, 1885. pp. 256-263. http://images.library.wisc.edu/History/EFacs/CommRep/AnnRep85/reference/history.annrep85.i0034.pdf
Information by Sheldon Jackson, on John Walker, a full blooded Puyallup, educated at the Forest Grove Indian Training School. He later worked as the Industrial teacher at the school in Sitka, Alaska.