Finding aid prepared by Amanda M. Reeve
Fouse family papers
University of Kentucky Special Collections
Collection is arranged by subject.
Conditions Governing Access note
Collection is open to researchers by appointment.
Preferred Citation Note
53M58 : [Identification of Item], Fouse Family Papers, 1854-1952, University of Kentucky Special Collections.
1.35 Cubic feet
The Fouse family papers contains material related to the family and their involvement with black education in Kentucky and surrounding areas.
In 1893, Mr. Fouse was the first African American graduate of Otterbein College, in Westerville, Ohio. He began his academic career by founding the Corydon (Indiana) High School, where he remained until 1904 when he began his tenure as principal of Lincoln School in Gallipolis, Ohio. In 1908 Mr. Fouse became principal of the William Grant High School in Covington, Kentucky.
Moving to Lexington, Kentucky in 1913, Mr. Fouse supervised the Russell School until 1923 when the Paul Laurence Dunbar High School was constructed and he served as its principal until his retirement in 1938.
Elizabeth Fouse was a graduate of the University of Cincinnati and a teacher who was active in numerous educational, religious, social and temperance organizations. She founded Lexington's Phyllis Wheatley Young Women's Christian Association (currently, in 1996, the Wheatley YWCA spells its name as Ms. Wheatley did: Phillis), was president of the Kentucky Chapter of the National Association of Colored Women in addition to serving as the scholarship division chair of the N.A.C.W. Mrs. Fouse was a member of the National Woman's Christian Temperance Union and the Kentucky Negro Education Association.
The Dunbar High School portion of the collection includes information about athletic activities, and the cafeteria. A radio script prepared by Professor Fouse for a broadcast (30 April 1939) over station WLAP focused on the history of education of the black community in Lexington.
Scope and Content
The papers of William Henry Fouse and his wife, Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beatrice Fouse reflect their commitment to the education of African Americans in Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, and, in particular, Lexington, Kentucky. The collection includes account books, correspondence, notebooks related to educational activities, pamphlets, broadsides and various financial records.
- Dunbar High School. (Lexington, Ky.)
- First Baptist Church. (Lexington, Ky.)
- Kentucky Association of Colored Women..
- Woman's Christian Temperance Union..
- Lexington (Ky.)
- Fouse, Elizabeth Beatrice Cooke, 1875-1952
- Fouse, William Henry, 1868-1944
- Hughes, Henry
- African Americans--Education.
- African Americans.
- High school principals--Kentucky--Lexington.
The photographic portion of this collection can be found in PA53M58.
Account Book, 1897-1909
[Box: 1, Folder: 1]
Account Book, 1910-1918
[Box: 1, Folder: 2]
Account Books, 1927 May 25-1938 May 13
[Box: 1, Folder: 4, Box: 1, Folder: 3]
The American Baptist Louisville, Kentucky, 1947 August 2-1951 August 24
[Box: 1, Folder: 5]
Baptist Church material, 1924 December 3-1952 May 18
[Box: 1, Folder: 6]
Bluegrass Oratorical Association, 1928 March 29-1937 April 6
[Box: 2, Folder: 1]
Business Letters, 1908 May 26-1948 December 15
[Box: 2, Folder: 2]
London Ferrell's Prayer, 1854 October 2
[Box: 2, Folder: 3]
Scope and Contents note:
This is a typed copy. The last name is generally spelled Ferrill.
General Correspondence, 1917 July 13-1937 August 31
[Box: 2, Folder: 4]
General Correspondence, 1937 September-1950 August
[Box: 2, Folder: 5]
General Correspondence, 1930 December 11-1952 October 23
[Box: 2, Folder: 6]
General Kentucky material, 1914 January-1951 October
[Box: 2, Folder: 7]
General non-Kentucky material, 1907-1951
[Box: 2, Folder: 8]
Robert H. Hughes Educational Fund, 1928 March 29-1939 June 7
[Box: 2, Folder: 9]
Inter-State County News Lexington, Kentucky, 1948 March 27-1948 May 15
[Box: 2, Folder: 10]
Kentucky Association of Colored Women, and related organizations, 1921 May 31-1948 May 10
[Box: 2, Folder: 11]
Kentucky Masonic Herald Frankfort, Kentucky, 1917 June
[Box: 2, Folder: 12]
Kentucky Negro Education Association, 1932 June 29-1943 May 8
[Box: 2, Folder: 13]
Library School Club notebook, undated
[Box: 2, Folder: 14]
National Association of Colored Women, Inc, 1904 July 22-1950 November 25
[Box: 3, Folder: 1]
National Women's Christian Temperance Union, 1945 August 31-1951 April 20
[Box: 3, Folder: 2]
[Box: 3, Folder: 3]
Scrapbook, 1910 January 30-1916 July 23
[Box: 3, Folder: 4]
School visits, 1916 September 20-1917 June 10
[Box: 3, Folder: 5]
Young Men's Christian Association, 1930 November 1-1941 November 17
[Box: 3, Folder: 6]
Young Women's Christian Association, 1921-1951
[Box: 3, Folder: 7]
Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, 1931 March 16-1949 January 8
[Box: 3, Folder: 8]