Series 28893
Weber County (Utah). Superintendent of Public Schools First School District records

Dates: 1873-1890.

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These records are housed in the Utah State Archives' permanent storage room.

Scope and Content

This series contains three record books for Weber County 1st School District. The oldest book (1873-1877) was created when the school district included just a single school. It contains minutes of the trustees and a small history of the district from 1856. The other two books in the series were created after the 2nd and 3rd districts were merged into the 1st in 1878. They contain minutes of the trustees that document discussion of tax rates, tax and tuition revenue, the building of the Central School and various other school issues. They also contain receipts for items purchased for the school, including an organ and lawn for the grounds.

In February of 2017 the following items were added to the series: Reciepts and payments of bills, Teacher term reports and cancelled checks.

At the time of the creation of these records, many school districts had been established in Weber County. Each school district had three trustees who were to, "employ teachers, make the rate of tuition, take charge of the building...provide furniture and appliances," etc. These responsibilities are shown and carried out within this set of records. The minutes and financial books address taxes, expenses for school materials, and school teacher salaries. Education was funded in Ogden through taxes and tuition and later received financial support from the territorial government.

The 1st School District was also known as Bench School District. Prior to 1878 it included just a single school. In 1878 the other two school districts in Ogden were merged into the 1st District, expanding the number of schools to three. All school districts in Ogden, including Lynne and Mound Fort, combined to form the Ogden City School District in 1890.

Sources used in compiling this information include:

1903-1904. Annual Report of the Board of Education and Superintendent of Schools: With Rules and Regulations of the Public Schools of the City of Ogden, Utah; Containing Also a Brief Historical Sketch, With Comparative Tables From the Time of the Organization of The Board 1890 To June 30, 1904. Ogden, Utah: J.O. Woody Printing Co.

Haefeli, Leo and Frank J. Cannon. 1883. Directory of Ogden City and Weber County. Ogden City, Utah: Ogden Herald Publishing Company, Printers

Peterson, G. Ross, and Robert Parsons. 2001. Ogden City: Its Governmental Legacy; A Sesquicentennial History. Ogden, Utah: Chapelle Limited.

Sloan, Robert W. 1884. Utah Gazetteer and Directory of Logan, Ogden, Provo and Salt Lake Cities for 1884. Salt Lake City, Utah: Herald Printing and Publishing Co.



Related Records

Board of Education minutes from Ogden School District (Utah), Series 14031, contain the minutes for the Ogden City School District after all of the school districts in Ogden merged in 1890.

Third School District records from Weber County (Utah). Superintendent of Public Schools, Series 28894, contain minutes and financial records for the Third School District which merged into the First District in 1878.

Custody History

The records in this series came into the possession of the Ogden School District after the formation of the consolidated city-wide district because the district was the successor to the First School District. The Ogden School District transferred the records to the State Archives in January 2016.

Access Restrictions

This series is classified as Public.

Preferred Citation

Cite the Utah State Archives and Records Service, the creating agency name, the series title, and the series number.

Processing Note

This series was archivally processed by Wendy Brimhall and Alan Barnett in July 2016.

Indexing Terms

  • Elementary and Secondary Education

Container List

pending 1 1 Minutes; 1873-1877
pending 1 2 Receipts and Disbursements of Taxes; 1878-1890
pending 1 3 Minutes; 1878-1890
pending 1 4 Receipts and payments of bills; 1888-1889
pending 2 1 Receipts and payments of bills for Central School; 1888-1889
pending 2 2 Receipts and payments of bills for Parry School; 1888-1889
pending 2 3 School teachers term reports; 1887-1888
pending 2 4 Cancelled checks; 1888-1889
pending 2 5 Warranty Deed; 1885

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