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Oxford Orphan Asylum (Oxford, N.C.)
Thirty-Sixth Annual Report of the Board of Directors, Treasurer and Superintendent of the Oxford Orphan Asylum, Oxford, North Carolina, to the Grand Lodge of North Carolina A.F. & A.M. for the Year Ending October 31, 1908
Oxford, N.C.: Oxford Orphan Asylum, 1908.


The Oxford Orphanage, proposed by prominent reformer and activist John Haymes Mills, became North Carolina's first orphanage when it opened its doors in 1873. The state's Grand Lodge of Masons established the orphanage and built it on land that was once part of St. John's College. The orphanage's 1908 Annual Report to the Grand Lodge focuses on the institution's financial transactions and status. To introduce the report, the board of directors summarizes the orphanage's history, purpose, and financial needs. The board discusses financial troubles related to the previous summer's flooding; recommends policy changes, such as a revision of the orphan status of children whose surviving parent remarries; and alludes to a legal battle over a benefactor's bequest.

A detailed treasurer's report includes information about income and expenditures and provides monthly tables detailing receipts and disbursements from November 1907 through October 1908. This report discusses revenues brought in by the school's "Singing Class" (formerly the "Concert Class"), a group of child entertainers who traveled the state by train and bus each year for several months. This performing group, whose membership regularly changed, gained prominence by giving concerts and collecting donations for the orphanage. The "Singing Class" existed for many years and was well known throughout the state. A short superintendent's report notes changes and progress in areas such as building additions, instruction, and farming. The report also includes tables charting population and accounting information as well as a list, arranged by county of origin, of orphans living in the institution.

See also:

The Oxford Orphanage Report of 1900
The Oxford Orphanage Report of 1938

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