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Foushee Family collection

Identifier: NCC-0079

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of five items: 1) a letter from Mary Sweaney Andersen, daughter of Frances Leak Foushee and donor of these materials, 2 & 3) two diaries of Frances Leak Foushee, 4) a booklet on the presentation of the portrait of Howard Alexander Foushee, and 5) a small memorial book about Howard Alexander Foushee.


  • 1916, 1923-1924, 1946

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

There are no restrictions on the use of this material except where previously copyrighted material is concerned. It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain all permissions.

Biographical / Historical

Materials in the Foushee Family Collection relate to Howard Alexander Foushee (1870-1916) and his daughter Frances Leak Foushee (1908-1968). Mr. Foushee was a lawyer in Durham, a charter member of the North Carolina Bar Association, and one of the first members of the board of trustees of the Durham Public Library. He also participated in politics, serving on various committees with the Durham County Democratic Party between 1896 and 1911 as well as in the state Senate, elected in both 1901 and 1905. Howard was appointed superior court judge in 1911 and served until his resignation due to health concerns in 1913. Frances Leak Foushee grew up in Durham and attended Goucher College in Baltimore as well as Duke University, traveled extensively overseas in the 1930s, and married Hunter McGuire Sweaney of Durham in 1940. Frances's diaries are a source of information about daily life in Durham, written in her young adulthood.


0.15 Linear Feet (3 folders)

Language of Materials


Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Mary Sweaney Andersen

Related Materials

A Family Sourcebook: Biographical Sketches of The Leak, Wall, Foushee, Sweaney, and Day Families by Mary Sweaney Andersen (NC 929.2 LEAK)

Finding Aid for the Foushee Family Collection
Lindsey Smith
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Edition statement
Lindsey Smith
  • Gift Agreement

Repository Details

Part of the North Carolina Collection Archives Repository

300 N. Roxboro Street
Durham NC 27701 United States