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Carrie (Melvin) Scott Reminiscence

 Unprocessed Material — Box: 06491 B
Identifier: H2016-068

Content Description

The collection consists of twelve photocopied pages from a typed reminiscence by Carrie (Melvin) Scott. Carrie was born December 14, 1860 in Bushnell (IL). She came to Dakota Territory in the 1880s after accepting government employment as a day school teacher on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation at Porcupine. She married Walter Scott on March 21, 1889. The reminiscence covers Carrieā€™s early life as a teacher on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation and a description of some events concerning the Wounded Knee Massacre. The reminiscence states she came to Pine Ridge in 1885, teaching school at the Porcupine District. Mentioned are her interactions with Native Americans, (in some instances providing names) Episcopal religious services on the reservation, dealings with the Indian Police, Indian Agents and officials with Indian Affairs in Washington D.C. and the general mood of the Native Americans on the reservation. Much of the writing concerning Wounded Knee discusses the feelings of the Native Americans before the event. The collection also includes photocopies of images and obituaries for both Carrie and Walter Scott. Mr. Scott was also on the burial detail on the days following the Wounded Knee Massacre. He is identified in two of the photocopied images of the Wounded Knee burials.

Acquisition Type


Restrictions Apply



  • 1880s


0.1 Cubic Feet