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Richard Clarke Foster scrapbooks and papers

Identifier: MSS-0537

Scope and Contents

The collection contains a scrapbook containing newspaper and magazine articles as well as tributes to Foster, who died four years after becoming the president of the University of Alabama. There is also a folder of photocopied correspondence, tributes, and newspaper clippings.


  • circa 1941

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Biographical / Historical

Richard C. Foster, son of John M. and Mabel C. Foster, was born on 12 July 1895, in Demopolis, Alabama. He grew up inTuscaloosa and Montgomery, Alabama, and was educated at the local public schools. He received an A.B. degree from the University of Alabama in 1914, and his LL.B. degree from the School of Law at Harvard University. After serving as an Artillery Captain in the U.S. Army during World War I, he returned to Tuscaloosa and began practicing law with his father, in the firm of Foster, Verner and Rice. In the early 1920s he married Lida Scarbrough; the couple had one daughter, Lida. Mrs. Foster died on 21 September 1936 just three weeks before Foster was chosen to be president of the University of Alabama on 11 October 1936. Foster himself died on 19 November 1941.


1.25 Linear Feet

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Scrapbook and folder containing newspaper and magazine articles as well as tributes to Foster, who died four years after becoming president of the University of Alabama.


Gift of Miss Marie Drolet, 1954-55


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unknown, 2008; updated by Martha Bace, 2013
Guide to the Richard Clarke Foster scrapbook and papers
February 2008
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Repository Details

Part of the The University of Alabama Libraries Special Collections Repository

Box 870266
Tuscaloosa AL 35487-0266