Jackson County School Ledger


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Descriptive Summary






Repository: Western Carolina University Hunter Library Special Collections
Creator: Board Superintendents of Jackson County, N.C.
Title: Jackson County School Ledger, 1853-1861
Language of Material: Material in English
Location: For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Hunter Library Special Collections.
Extent: .1 linear feet




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Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research during Hunter Library's Special Collections business hours, or by appointment.

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Copyright Notice

Copyright for materials resides with the creators of the items in question, unless otherwise designated.

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Jackson County School Ledger, Special Collections, Western Carolina University Hunter Library, Cullowhee, NC, USA.

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Acquisitions Information

Gift of the Jackson County Genealogical Society, Sylva, N.C., 2006 September 14.

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Processing Information

Processed by George Frizzell, 2006 September
Encoded by Anna R. Craft, 2008 September

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Historical Note

The Jackson County, North Carolina, Superintendents of Education for the period covered by the ledger were Joseph Keener (1853 to 1858) and James W. Terrell (spring 1858 to 1869). In a report dated October 6, 1858, to the Rev. C. H. Wiley, Superintendent of Common Schools for the State of North Carolina, Terrell noted that "in March 1853 the County Court appointed a Board of Superintendents of Common Schools" and that in 1858 "we redistricted the county, making in it forty-six districts..." At the time of Terrell's report, thirty-four of the districts had submitted reports and indicated 1,456 children in those districts (quote and source: Historical Committee, Jackson County Unit, North Carolina Education Association, Jackson County Public Schools, 1853-1954, [s.l.: s.n.], 1954, page 5). The number of committee men recorded in the ledger in 1861 corresponds to the number of districts mentioned in Terrell's report.

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Content and Scope

Ledger with a title page heading "Common School Record of the Proceedings of the Board Superintendents of Jackson County." The ledger consists thirty-two (32) pages and has entries dated between 1853 and 1861 for Jackson County, North Carolina. It includes an April 1861 entry with a list of "committeemen" that has forty-six numbered names. There is also a final, unrelated entry dated March 16, 1891, Cashiers, N.C., concerning a legal notice.

For additional information, see the article in the Jackson County Genealogical Society journal Journeys Through Jackson, "Jackson County School Districts Prior to the Civil War" (Fall 2005 issue, pp. 151 - 154).

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This is a single-item collection, consisting of one thirty-two page ledger.

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Online Catalog Headings

These and related materials may be found under the following headings in online catalogs.

Jackson County (N.C.). Board of Superintendents
Cashiers (N.C.)--History
Education--North Carolina--Jackson County--History
Jackson County (N.C.)--History
Schools--North Carolina--Jackson County--History

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