A Guide to the
Staunton Academy Collection, 1808-1828
Compiled by: Don Lambert, February 1987
Updated: December, 2008
Repository: Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University
Title: Staunton Academy Collection, 1808-1828
Collection No. : SC# 1758
Creator: Staunton Academy
Extent: One folder; 10 items
The Staunton Academy Collection, 1808-1828, consists primarily of minutes from the board of trustees' meeting of the Staunton Academy as well as correspondence and issues addressed at said meetings.
[Identification of Item], The Staunton Academy Collection, SC# 1758, Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA.
Purchased in February 1987.
The Staunton Academy in Staunton, Virginia was incorporated in 1792, but a formal schoolhouse was not completed until after 1810. The Academy was founded from funds raised through bond sales, and also from state funds raised through the sale of glebe lands. The administration of the Academy was first entrusted to James G. Waddell and Bartholomew Fuller, who were the Academy's first principals and faculty. Waddell taught the classics and Fuller taught mathematics. In 1833, Lyttleton Waddell became joint principals with William Cooke. Waddell continued as principal for more than twenty years. During that time, the school was very prosperous, attracting many pupils from abroad. The final principals to be appointed by the Board of Trustees were Pike Powers and Charles E. Young. In the 1872-1873 school year, the Staunton public schools were over crowded with 375 school children. The Staunton Academy, who had 25 day students in 1873, was asked for the use of their building by the public school. As of 1873, the Staunton Academy became a public school.
Scope and Content:
The Staunton Academy Collection, 1808-1828, is comprised of ten items housed in a single legal sized folder within a half-sized legal Hollinger box. The collection consists primarily of minutes from the board of trustees' meeting of the Staunton Academy as well as correspondence and issues addressed at said meetings. Of particular interest in a 1818 document that lists the original members of the board when the Staunton Academy was established in 1792.
The collection is arranged chronologically within a single legal sized folder.
MacMaster, Richard K. Augusta County history, 1865-1950. Staunton, Va.: Augusta County Historical
Society, 1988. (p. 384)
Waddell, Joseph A. Annals of Augusta County, Virginia, from 1726 to 1871. Harrisonburg, Va.: C.J.Carrier Co., 1986. (p. 46)