Harnett County Common Schools Collection

1879
Manuscript Collection #982
Creator(s)
Harnett County (N.C.) Common Schools
Physical description
0.001 Cubic Feet, 1 item, consisting of register pages
Preferred Citation
Harnett County Common Schools Collection (#982), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.
Repository
ECU Manuscript Collection
Access
No restrictions

The Harnett County Common Schools Collection contains a few pages from a Common School Register (1879) from a school for African American students, in District No. 1, Harnett County, North Carolina.


Biographical/historical information

Common schools essentially were public schools and they were created to improve education through the use of public funds and to fully extend public education to more children. This movement was started by Horace Mann. The first common school in North Carolina was opened in Rockingham County (1840). With the adoption of North Carolina's "radical" Constitution of 1868, a "general and uniform" public school system which was free to both black and white children was established; although poorer rural communities of African Americans often could not support adequate facilities.

Source: https://www.ncpedia.org/education-public

http://education.stateuniversity.com/pages/1871/Common-School-Movement.html


Scope and arrangement

The Harnett County Common Schools Collection contains a few pages from a Common School Register (1879) from a school for African American students, in District No. 1, Harnett County, North Carolina. Included are the introductory pages which state that the register is required by law and is used to preserve "The Useful Statistics and Important Events of Each School," explain how to use the register, and give an example of how to fill out the register. Only one page from the completed register is present; it is dated August 11, 1879, and includes the names of the students and shows their attendance record for a month.


Administrative information
Custodial History

December 15, 2003, 1 item, 0.001 cubic feet; Register (1877) of Common School in District No. 1, County of Harnett, North Carolina, a school for African American students, for the term commencing 11 August 1879, including list of pupils and dates of attendance. Incomplete. Printed form. Donor: Anonymous

Source of acquisition

Anonymous gift

Processing information

Encoded by Mark Custer, March 20, 2008

Processing completed December 20, 2017, by Morgan Gurganus.

Copyright notice

Literary rights to specific documents are retained by the authors or their descendants in accordance with U.S. copyright law.