Annual statistical and financial reports of school districts and other school records

Held by the New York State Archives

Overview of the Records


New York State Archives

New York State Education Department

Cultural Education Center

Albany, NY 12230

2 cu. ft.93 microfilm reels.
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Chronological by year, then alphabetical by town and numerical by district.

Scope and Content Note

Microfilmed records include annual reports (or abstracts of reports) of town commissioners or superintendents of schools (1813-1856) and school district trustees or boards of education (1856-1957). The reports were filed in the office of the Tioga County Clerk; later reports were first submitted to the county or Assembly district commissioners of schools (1857-1911) or to supervisory district superintendents (1912-1957). Other microfilmed records are fiscal documents and common school district minute books.

Information in the annual reports or abstracts varies considerably over time, but may include length of school year; teachers' licenses and certifications; names of parents and students; students' ages; courses taught and number of students; trustee rosters or county; funds received (taxes and apportionments); teachers' names and wages; school library inventories; student attendance records; school building and property descriptions; value of school properties; and amounts of expenditures for state wages, building upkeep, and supplies.

For the years 1813-1835, school reports are included for the towns of Barton, Berkshire, Big Flats, Candor, Catharine, Catlin, Cayuta, Chemung, Elmira, Erin, Newark, Nichols, Owego, Richford, Southport, Spencer, Tioga, and Veteran. Several of these towns became part of Chemung County when it was formed in 1836. For the years 1836-1957, reports are for the nine towns that form the present Tioga County: Barton, Berkshire, Candor, Newark Valley, Nichols, Owego, Richford, Spencer, and Tioga.

Other microfilmed documents are apportionments of state aid ("school monies"); reports of election of school commissioners and supervisory district superintendents; and statements of school district indebtedness. Also microfilmed are record and minute books from common school districts in the towns of Barton, Candor, Nichols, Owego, and Tioga.

Use of Records

Access Restrictions

There are no restrictions regarding access to or use of the material.

Alternate Formats Available

Microform is available at the New York State Archives through interlibrary loan.

Microfilm 93 reels; 35 mm. Local Government Records Management Improvement Fund Grant Project Microfilm.

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Custodial History

This microfilm was produced by a grant awarded and administered by SARA's Local Government Records Services for the 1994 grant cycle. Grantees submitted two copies of each roll of project film: a silver copy for secure storage at the State Records Center; and a duplicate copy, containing only non-restricted records, for public use at the State Archives research room.

Use copies of rolls containing restricted records are not maintained by the Archives, and are withdrawn from public use at time of accessioning. Security copies of such rolls are held at the State Records Center and are subject to restrictions under law.

Restricted film was marked and use copies were weeded at time of accession; 93 rolls of master negatives (security copy) were sent to the State Records Center (TL 95-111).

Location of Original MaterialOriginals held by local government.Original minute books from common school districts in the towns of Barton, Candor, Nichols, Owego, and Tioga are in collections of the Tioga County Historical Society.

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