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School District No. 2 account book

 Collection — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS 8356

Scope and Contents

Materials include an account book for School District No. 2 in New York for the cities of Caroline, Richford, and Dryden. It contains information on financial transactions within the district. Dated 1887-1915.


  • 1887-1915


Conditions Governing Access

Condition restricted. Permission to use materials must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services.

Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from School District No. 2 account book must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Administrative History

School District No. 2 was established after 1812 and it managed the finances of and performed adminstrative tasks for schools in the towns of Caroline and Dryden in Tioga County and Richford in Tompkins County during the late 19th century and early 20th century.

In the early 1800s, many families were immigrating to and settling in Tompkins County increasing the number of schools, but there weren't enough funds for them to operate effectively until the New York Legislature set up a fund for the support of "common schools" which allowed them to use funds from state land sales for education. In 1812, New York State passed a law that created a system of common school districts and distributed money to each of them from the Common School Fund. School District No. 2 would have been a part of this state educational program. There is no specific date known for its formation, but it would have been after this time and before 1887. Town officials laid out the districts while voters elected trustees to govern and operate the schools. Typical school districts had one- or two-room schoolhouses where children learned reading, writing, spelling, arithmetic, and geography. In order to generate more revenue, schools could charge "rates" or tuition, which prevented many from being able to attend school, but in 1867 a statue passed that allowed for free schooling in New York which meant more kids could afford schooling and the districts grew larger and throughout the years they often changed their borders. The school district officials and trustees managed the taxes, finances, purchase of school supplies, and other administative issues of schools in the towns of Caroline, Dryden, and Richford.


1 folder (0.05 linear ft.)

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Custodial History

Donated by San Diego Multi-Regional Family History Center, The Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-day Saints, in 1993. This book came with two boxes of materials that were added to Eugene McPike papers (MSS 2390). It was determined in 2002 that this item should be cataloged separately.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; San Diego Multi-Regional Family History Center, LDS Church; December 1993.


LDS cultural, family, social, intellectual, mission and religious history (19th Century Mormon and Western Manuscripts collection development policy 1.V, November 2013).


Located in box 598

Processing Information

Processed; Zoë Brimhall, student manuscript processor, and Ryan K. Lee, curator; 2014.

Register of School District No. 2 account book
Zoë Brimhall
2014 January 22
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Finding aid written in English in Latin script.

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

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Brigham Young University
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