Education Office annual reports of local superintendents and local Boards of Trustees Help

Ontario Government Record Series RG 2-17

Education Office annual reports of local superintendents and local Boards of Trustees

About these records

Education Office annual reports of local superintendents and local Boards of Trustees
Dates of Creation
Physical Description

6.3 metres of textual records

Scope and Content

Series consists of the annual reports of local superintendents and boards of trustees.

The reports are usually divided into two sections, one giving the financial statistics pertaining to the schools and the other such items as: the names, salaries, religion, experience and qualifications of the teachers; the enrolment in each subject; the text books used; the construction of the schools; when they were built; the general condition of the accommodations and the school grounds.

The reports are arranged and listed alphabetically by townships, cities and towns, e.g. all the reports for Ameliasburgh Township, 1850-1870, are filed together. Two geographical indices listing the various Local Superintendents for 1864 and 1870 are included at the beginning of the series (microfilm reel MS 3515).

In addition to the Local Superintendents' Annual Reports for Common (Public) Schools, some scattered reports for Separate Schools are to be found in this series. These reports were submitted by the Board of Trustees for the Separate School to the Local Superintendent for Public Schools, and were doubtless passed on by him to the Department of Public Instruction.

Administrative History or Biographical Sketch

The School Act of 1850 (13 and 14 Vic., Chap. 48, Sec. 27) provided for the appointment of Local Superintendents by County Councils. The Local Superintendent was not a professional educator but usually either a clergyman or a physician who undertook the supervision of the common schools as a part time position. Each Superintendent was to have charge of not more than 100 teachers and received the sum of 1 per school per year for his services. One of his duties was to submit, before March 1 each year, an annual inspection report on a form provided by the Education Office. In the case of cities and incorporated towns and villages, the report was submitted by the Board of Trustees.

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Ontario. Dept. of Public Instruction

Ontario. Education Office

Restrictions on Access
Original material is closed for conservation reasons. This series have been microfilmed and is available through self-service microfilm in the Archives main reading room.
Terms For Use and Reproduction
Copyright is primarily held by the Crown. There are no restrictions on reproduction. Permission of the Archives of Ontario is required for publication; submit a Request for Permission to Publish, Exhibit or Broadcast Form.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The records were acquired by the Department of Public Records and Archives from the Department of Education in 1955.
Related Material

Related records held by the Archives of Ontario include Department of Education incoming general correspondence (Reference Code: RG 2-12), which contains the covering letters for the annual reports that usually appeared around the end of February.

Earlier reports may be found in Education Office annual reports of District Superintendents and District Councils (Reference Code: RG 2-16) and in Education Office local regulations, reports and school population returns (Reference Code: RG 2-22). See also, Education Office Roman Catholic Separate School trustee reports (Reference Code: RG 2-19).

Availability of Other Formats

Also available on microfilm.

The reports that are extant from the townships and villages in Perth County were filmed together on microfilm reel MS 916.


No further accruals are expected.

Former Codes

This series was formerly described as RG 2, Series F-3-B.

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Agency or agencies that created these records

These records were created by the following Ontario government agency or agencies. Click on the agency reference code for information about this agency and other records it created.

1850-1870 :

Department of Public Instruction (BA95) Education Office (CA16)

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