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Hope Indian Boarding School (Springfield, S.D.) Collection

 Unprocessed — Box: 03648 D
Identifier: H2012-014

Content Description

The collection consists of materials relating to the Hope Indian Boarding School (Springfield, S.D.) including letters, a booklet with a lithograph drawing and information on the school, and a photo of Jessie V. Hendricks to whom the letters are addressed. Two of the letters were written by Emma Wicks to Jessie Hendricks, a school benefactor, in December of 1889. Emma Wicks was married to a principal and reverend of the boarding school Rev. W. J. Wicks. The letters offer detailed accounts of the school, various activities, and names of students. The remaining letters were written by four of the boarding school children: Isaac Redowl, Thomas Firecloud, Daniel Hermans, and Albert Yardley. The first three letters are dated November 20, 1889 and the last letter, written by Albert, is dated January 7, 1888. A booklet, with a lithograph drawing of the boarding school, includes some history of the boarding school (written by Bishop William H. Hare) and a list of scholarships and sponsors. Bishop William Hobart Hare established Hope Mission in the autumn of 1879 as an industrial boarding school for Native American children in Springfield (S.D.). The building on the lithograph drawing was constructed in 1884. The school was partially funded through philanthropic efforts made by “Friends in the East” including individuals, churches, and organizations, some of which are listed in the brochure. The collection was transferred from the Columbia University/Teachers College Library. The collection is an accretion to H74-086.

Acquisition Type


Restrictions Apply



  • 1889


0.1 Cubic Feet