Harby Academy cashbook
The cashbook contains entries for parents with enrolled pupils, showing tuition fees for each child, as well as charges for stationery, and at times, firewood. The book's entries span January 1819 through May 1820, tracking tuition and supply costs, recording when each account was paid in full and noting when students left the school.
- Harby, Isaac, 1788-1828 (Person)
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Biographical and Historical Note
Writer and teacher Isaac Harby (1788-1828) opened a private academy in Charleston on January 3, 1810. Within the first year enrollment, the school attracted over 50 students, both male and female. Its curriculum included elocution, arithmetic, penmanship, grammar, and geography. Additional education in the classics was also available to interested pupils. The academy closed between 1814 and 1817 when Harby chose to pursue an editorial career, purchasing the Charleston Investigator, which he renamed the Southern Patriot and Commercial Advertiser. Harby sold the paper in 1817 and reopened his academy, hiring assistants, including drawing master Joshua Canter, to teach additional subjects. After initial success, the school began to falter due to the city's economic decline and increased competition among academies. In February 1825, Harby decided to close the school and accept a well-paid teaching position in one of Charleston's four free schools.
0.25 linear feet (1 flat box)
The collection consists of a cashbook for Isaac Harby's academy in Charleston, South Carolina, recording tuition payments for enrolled students, as well as costs for stationary and occasionally firewood, from January 1819 through May 1820.
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Materials donated in 2011 by Anita Rosenberg.
Processed by Amy Lazarus, April 2015.
- Inventory of the Harby Academy Cashbook, 1819-1820
- Processed by: Amy Lazarus; machine-readable finding aid created by: Amy Lazarus
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