Springfield Indian School (South Dakota)

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United States Gotoarrow.png American Indians Gotoarrow.png South Dakota Gotoarrow.png Indigenous Peoples of South Dakota Gotoarrow.png Springfield Indian School (South Dakota)

History[edit | edit source]

Springfield School was a successor to an earlier contract mission school. From 1895 to 1902, it was attached to the Santee Agency and known as the Hope School. In 1902, it became an independent boarding school for girls. The name was again changed to Hope School, 1 January 1919. The school was discontinued in 1920, but reopened for two years from 1921 to 1923.

Records[edit | edit source]

Some records for Springfield School are in the Central Plains Regional Archives of the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) in Kansas City, including:

  • Registers of pupils, 1901-1910
  • Rosters of employees, 1902-1916
  • Attendance records, 1909-1914
  • and other administrative records of the school.

Microfilm copies of ...Narrative and Statistical Reports... for the Springfield School, 1910-1918, are included in National Archives Microcopy M1011, Roll 144, available in the National Archives system and in the collections of the Family History Library in Salt Lake City (their microfilm number 1724362).

References[edit | edit source]

  • American Indians: A Select Catalog of National Archives Microfilm Publications. Washington DC: National Archives Trust Fund Board, National Archives and Records Administration, 1998.
  • Hill, Edward E. (comp.). Guide to Records in the National Archives of the United States Relating to American Indians. Washington DC: National Archives and Records Service, General Services Administration, 1981.
  • Preliminary Inventory No. 163: Records of the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Washington DC: National Archives and Records Services. Available online
  • "Accompanying Pamphlet for Microcopy 1011", National Archives Microfilm Publications, Appendix.