Biographical/Historical Note: "St. John's Academy was established in 1833, and in 1834 removed to its present location [57 S. Royal Street, Corner of Duke], Rev. John Smith being its first principal. In 1837, Rev. Stephen L. Dubuisson assumed the direction, and was succeeded in 1839 by Mr. John H. Kellenberger, who soon declined in favor of Mr. Hugh C. McLaughlin, by whom it was continued until 1841, and closed upon his removal from Alexandria.""On the 13th of September, 1847 it was reopened under the direction of R. L. Carne, jr., the next will, therefore, be the tenth session under its present management." [18th Annual Session Circular]. A primary school, in addition to the older boys' school, was added in the 1850's. The upper school, additionally, was a military academy.
Scope and Content Note: The collection consists primarily of student records and student newspapers. There are several miscellaneous items as well. Topics covered include: school organization, rules of behavior, student achievement, student names, places of residence and dates of attendance, and academic subjects and undertakings.Arrangement: The collection is divided into the following series: I--Student Activities--Alphabetical; II--Clippings (1840-1899)--Chronological by year; III--Miscellaneous--Alphabetical; IV--The Academy Journal (1866-1885) --Chronological by year; V--Student Records (1833-1896) --Chronological.
Related Materials: "History of Saint John's Academy, 1833-1895" by Allan W. Robbins in Alexandria History 5 (1983). Vertical files--St. John's Academy
Source: Annual Circular and bound The Academy Journal volumes, purchased in 1980. Rest of collection purchased prior to 1980, source unknown.
Subjects: The Academy Journal.
Schools - Virginia - Alexandria.
Julie Johnson, Summer Intern, 1991