Finding aid prepared by Amanda M. Reeve
Fouse family papers
University of Kentucky Special Collections
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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.
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.
The photographic portion of this collection can be found in PA53M58.
This is a typed copy. The last name is generally spelled Ferrill.
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