Manuscript Group 357, Guide to the Ledger of Female Union School Association 1822-1860


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Guide to the Ledger of Female Union School Association
MG 357

The New Jersey Historical Society
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Newark, New Jersey 07102
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Inventory prepared by Laura Ruttum as part of the “Farm to City” project funded by a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

Finding aid encoded by Danielle Kovacs. February 2004. Production of the EAD 2002 version of this finding aid was made possible by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Finding aid written in English.

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Female Union School Association
Title: Female Union School Association Ledger
Dates: 1822-1860
Abstract: Consists of a ledger including the constitution of the Female Union School Association, by-laws of the Female Union School and Association and the Priscilla Society, meeting minutes from 1822 to 1860, manager elections results, clippings, and lists of subscribers.
Quantity: 1 volume
Collection Number: MG 357

Historical Note

The Female Union School Association was a charitable institution founded in 1822 “to establish a free school for the promotion of learning, industry, morality and piety among the indigent female children” of Newark. Known as the Union School House, it cooperated with the Priscilla Society, an organization devoted “to the institution of indigent female children in the useful branches of knitting and sewing.” In 1850, due to the establishment of free public schools, the Female Union School disbanded, and its stock was transferred to the Protestant Foster Home Society of the City of Newark.

The vast majority of the subscribers and managers of this society were women, and the subscription list contains many prominent Newark and New Jersey names, such as: Mrs. Boudinot, Mrs. Smith Burnet, Mrs. Abigail Burr, Mrs. Coe, Mrs. Phebe Douglass, Mrs. Joseph Congar, Mrs. Theodore Frelinghuysen, Mrs. Luther Goble, Mrs. J.C. Hornblower, Mrs. William Pennington, Miss Emma Riggs, Mrs. Charles Shipman, Mrs. James Tichenor, Mrs. M. Van Arsdale, Mrs. Stephen Van Cortlandt, Mrs. James Vandyke, Mrs. James Vanderpool, and Mrs. O. Woodruff.

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Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of a ledger entitled, “Book of Records, establishing the Origin and Progress of the Female Union School, established at Newark, New Jersey, April 22, 1822,” containing the constitution of the association; by-laws of the Female Union School and Association and the Priscilla Society; meeting minutes from 1822 to 1860; (when the school was a part of the Protestant Foster Home Society) manager elections results; newspaper clippings pertaining to the school; and lists of subscribers.

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Access Restrictions

There are no access restrictions on this collection.

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Use Restrictions

Researchers wishing to publish, reproduce, or reprint materials from this collection must obtain permission.

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Access Points

The entries below represent persons, organizations, topics, forms, and occupations documented in this collection.

Subject Names:

Burnet, Smith, Mrs.
Burr, Abigail.
Congar, Joseph, Mrs.
Douglass, Phebe.
Freylinghuysen, Theodore, Mrs.
Goble, Luther, Mrs.
Hornblower, J.C., Mrs.
Pennington, William, Mrs.
Riggs, Emma.
Shipman, Charles, Mrs.
Tichenor, James, Mrs.
Van Arsdale, M., Mrs.
Van Cortlandt, Stephen, Mrs.
Vanderpool, James, Mrs.
Vandyke, James, Mrs.
Woodruff, Moses.

Subject Organizations:

Female Union School (Newark, N.J.). Association.
Priscilla Society (Newark, N.J.)
Protestant Foster Home (Newark, N.J.)

Subject Topics:

Charity Schools–New Jersey–History–Sources.

Subject Places:

Newark (N.J.)
New Jersey–History–1775-1865.

Document Types:

Subscription lists.

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Related Material

For related materials in print on the Female Union School Association, see:

Bissel, Nicholas. (1974). “The Newark Female Union School Association. What Was the History of the Newark Female union School Association and How Did It Function?”

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Custodial History

The source of this collection is unknown.

Preferred Citation

This collection should be cited as: Manuscript Group 357, Female Union School Association Ledger, The New Jersey Historical Society.

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