Forest Grove Indian Training School Collection, 1884-2011

Overview of the Collection

Forest Grove Indian Training School Collection
1884-2011 (inclusive)
0.5 cubic feet, (1 box)
Collection Number
An artificial collection of materials about the Indian Training School at Forest Grove, Oregon.
Pacific University, Archives
Pacific University Archives
2043 College Way
Forest Grove, OR
Telephone: 5033521400
Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Sponsored by a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

Chiefly research notes and copies of material housed at other institutions. Three early items are present: 1. The Indian Citizen. Forest Grove: 1884. Vol. 1:1. 2. Pacific University Trustees autograph letter regarding the location of the school. Forest Grove: 1884. Contemporary copy in manuscript. 3. Typed transcripts of correspondence between Forest Grove Indian Training School alumnus, Henry Sicade, and Sam T. Walker, regarding memories of the school. Also contains copies of Pacific University student papers, newspaper clippings, published writings about the school, and related materials.

Historical NoteReturn to Top

The Indian Training School at Forest Grove, Oregon was established in 1880 as an 'off reservation' boarding school. It served the Pacific Northwest with students coming from Oregon and the territories of Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Alaska. Studies included various academic disciplines, plus industrial training (farming, blacksmithing, shoemaking, carpentry, for example) for the boys and housekeeping skills for the girls.

The school closed its Forest Grove campus in 1885 and moved to Salem, Oregon where it operates today as Chemawa Indian School.

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Restrictions on Use

Pacific University owns the copyright to some, but not all, of the materials housed in its archives. Copyright for materials authored or otherwise produced as official business of Pacific University is retained by Pacific University and requires its permission for publication. Copyright status for other collection materials varies. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.

Preferred Citation

[item identification], Forest Grove Indian Training School Collection, Pacific University Archives, Forest Grove, Oregon.

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Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
1 The Indian Citizen, vol. 1 no. 1 (original and photocopies) 1884
2 Student Rosters (photocopies and typed transcripts)
Copied from materials held at the Oregon State Archives and the National Archives. Includes correspondence with archives staff.
1880-1885, 1880-1997
3 Death records (photocopies)
Copied from materials at the National Archives. Also includes a draft inventory of RG75 - Preliminary Inventory of Records of the Chemawa Indian School and correspondence with archives staff.
4 Correspondence (original, typed transcripts and photocopies)
Includes letters from Henry Sicade, a student at the school, to S. T. Walker, recounting his experiences.
5 Writings about the Indian Training School (original and photocopies)
Includes: Marion County History (centennial edition), June, 1959; Oregon Historical Quarterly, spring, 1993; and Pacific: The Magazine of Pacific University, spring, 2009.
6 Newspaper clippings (original and photocopies) 1881-2003
7 Student paper - Forest Grove's Adopted Children: A Look at the Indian Industrial Training School at Forest Grove, Oregon, 1880-1885 by Glenn Kinney undated
8 Student paper - Misunderstood Intentions: The Contexts of Education Reformers Regarding the American Indian Trailing School in the Late 1880's by Arie Higgins 2000
9 Student paper - Indian Education and Acculturation: The Forest Grove Industrial Training School, 1880-1885 by Cynthia Straughan 1991
10 Student paper - The Forest Grove Indian Industrial Training School AKA Pacific University by Chanelle Nakamiyo
11 Lecture Notes
Prepared by Richard Read, Pacific University Archives.
12 Research materials (photocopies)
Various materials pertaining to the general topic of education for Native Americans.
circa 1882-1990
13 Bibliography - The Forest Grove Indian School 2008

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Subject Terms

  • Chemawa Indian School
  • Indian Industrial School (Forest Grove, Or.)
  • Students--Oregon

Form or Genre Terms

  • Clippings (information artifacts)
  • Correspondence