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Fluvanna County (Va.) Board of School Commissioners Records

Fluvanna County (Va.) Board of School Commissioners Records, 1819-1861
Fluvanna County (Va.) Board of School Commissioners Records
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  • Fluvanna County (Va.) Board of School Commissioners Records, 1819-1861, contain treasurer's accounts, annual reports, minutes, orders, and bonds documenting the use of the county's allotment from the state Literary Fund for the education of indigent children
  • Treasurer's accounts, 1818-1829, record the amount of money drawn from the state Literary Fund each year, expenses paid for the teacher salaries, and tuition for each child. Reports, 1829-1861, include treasurers accounts, minutes, annual reports, bonds, and orders appointing commissioners, treasurers, and superintendents. Reports and minutes also record the number of schools operating in the county, estimates of the number of children who qualified to attend them, the number attending, names of schoolmasters and schoolmistresses teaching in the schools, salaries paid to teachers, tuition expenses, and expenses for books and paper. Reports and minutes also include remarks on issues such as difficulties encountered in encouraging children to continue attending school. The records also document the role of school commissioners in identifying children eligible for the schools
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Biographical or historical data
  • On February 21, 1818, the Virginia legislature passed a school bill which appropriated $45,000 annually from the Literary Fund for the education of poor children. (The Literary Fund had been established in 1810 with passage of a bill to appropriate "certain escheats, confiscated, and forfeited lands" for the "encouragement of learning.") Under the provisions of the 1818 School Act, each county court was required to appoint five to fifteen commissioners to establish and/or administer schools for children of the poor. A more comprehensive public school system was established by the legislature in 1870. Prior to 1818, county courts were given the option of whether to appoint a Board of School Commissioners.
  • Fluvanna County takes its name from an eighteenth-century term for the upper James River. The name, meaning river of Anne, was originally bestowed in honor of Queen Anne of England. The county was formed from Albemarle County in 1777.
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Location of other archival material
Additional Fluvanna County School Records can be found on microfilm at the Library of Virginia. Consult "A Guide to Virginia County and City Records on Microfilm" found on the Library of Virginia web site.
Fluvanna County (Va.) Board of School Commissioners Records
  • These items came to the Library of Virginia in a transfer of records from Fluvanna County Circuit Court
  • The collection is located at the State Records Center. Contact Archives Research Services for access information, directions and hours
  • The Library of Virginia
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Immediate source of acquisition
Flulvanna County Circuit Court.
Terms governing use
There are no restrictions.
Type of unit
cu. ft. (2 boxes)

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