Fonds F 608 - Cottonwood School District No. 171 fonds

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Cottonwood School District No. 171 fonds

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F 608

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  • 1894-1957 (Creation)

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4.5 cm of textual records

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Administrative history

On January 8, 1890, resident ratepayers in the Pense, North-West Territories district met to discuss the formation of a school district. Cottonwood School District No. 171 was erected on February 7, 1890. The first school was built in 1893. The boundaries of the school district were altered several times and the location of the school was moved several times to better serve the needs of the community. The original school building was replaced with a new building in 1916. The school was located on NW 15-18-22-W2 for the majority of its existence.

The school district was administered by three elected trustees, one of whom served as chairman, and a secretary-treasurer. The school officials were responsible for selecting and acquiring a school site; contracting the building of the school; furnishing and maintaining the school, school grounds, buildings and equipment; hiring qualified teachers; providing books, globes, maps and other supplies to students and teachers; administering grants; settling disputes; and maintaining school records and accounts.

The school closed in 1937 due to lack of pupils, but re-opened in 1943. In November 1963, the Regina School Unit No. 21 was established and Cottonwood School District No. 171 became part of the larger unit. On January 1, 1964, the school unit assumed all of Cottonwood's assets and liabilities and the responsibilities and duties of the school district officials were significantly altered.

Custodial history

Hattie Purdy, relative of Anthony Neville, former secretary-treasurer of Cottonwood School District No. 171, donated some of these records to the Regina Office, Saskatchewan Archives, in one accession in 1975: 551 (R) (September 20, 1974). William Jackson, relative of Marjorie Jackson, former secretary-treasurer of Cottonwood School District No. 171, donated some of these records to the Regina office, Saskatchewan Archives in one accession in 2007: 2007-172 (May 08, 2007).

Scope and content

This fonds consists of records created, accumulated and used by the secretary-treasurer of the Cottonwood School District No. 171 relating to the administration of a rural school in the Pense, Saskatchewan district. The fonds consists of cash books (1894-1957) and a minute book (1920-1945).

No series assignment has been applied to the records in this fonds.

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Records are open for research use.

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Use, publication and/or reproduction are subject to Crown Copyright. Please consult reference archivist for assistance.

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SAFA 515 consists of a fonds level description only and is available in paper format.

Associated materials

Related material: Remembrances of the school accumulated by former students and Mrs. L.M. Purdy are available on microfilm in the Regina office (Micro R-3.32). The Department of Education file relating to Cottonwood School District is located in the Regina office (R-177.10/7, file 171). Half-yearly returns of the Cottonwood School District No. 171 dating from June, 1938 to December, 1963 are on microfilm in the Regina office (Micro R-2.663). Records from 1916 relating to debentures for the building of a new school in the Cottonwood School District No. 171 are located in the Local Government Board records in Regina (R-421, file I. 171).

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Other codes: Textual records: R-E1665

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