Finding Aid of the Frances A. McDowell Collection, PC.7005


Finding Aid of the Frances A. McDowell Collection, PC.7005


Frances Lewis Arthur McDowell (1915 - 1998) was an active resident of Buncombe County, involved in the local community especially the restoration of the Smith-McDowell House in Asheville. She worked for the Veteran's Administration hospital in Oteen from 1945 to 1973.

This collection contains correspondence, newspaper clippings, photographs, scrapbooks and genealogical notes compiled by Mrs. McDowell.

Descriptive Summary

Frances A. McDowell Collection
Call Number
McDowell, Frances A. 1915 - 1998
1894 - 2013
3.00 boxes, 2.00 cubic feet
Western Regional Archives, State Archives of North Carolina

Restrictions on Access & Use

Access Restrictions

Available for research.

Use Restrictions

Arrangement Note

Collection arranged by subject.


Frances Lewis Arthur McDowell (1915 - 1998) was born and reared in Asheville. She graduated from Asheville High School in 1932 and was a member of the Central United Methodist Church for 71 years. Early in her career Frances was involved with the Business Girl's League of the Asheville Y.W.C.A. She was employed by the Veteran's Administration hospital in Oteen from 1945 to 1973, retiring as a fiscal accounts supervisor.

She is descended from two North Carolina Revolutionary War soldiers and was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and the United Daughters of the Confederacy. In 1955, she married Mr. Edward Erwin McDowell (1913 - 1988) of Asheville. They lived on Forest Hills Drive in Asheville's Kenilworth neighborhood, before retiring to Givens Estates.

Contents of the Collection

1. Papers

Scope and Content:

Folder 1.1: Miscellaneous family notes
Folder 1.2: Genealogical Membership Groups
Folder1.3: Wedding Announcement
Folder1.4: Obituaries 1935-1994
Folder1.5: Materials pertaining to husband Edward Erwin McDowell

2. Miscellaneous Correspondence

Scope and Content:

Folder 2.1: Christmas cards
Folder 2.2: Wedding invitations and notices
Folder 2.3: Graduation announcements
Folder 2.4: Announcements and clippings
Folder 2.5: Article on the carbon monoxide poisoning of three people

3. Employment Records

Scope and Content:

Folder 3.1: Employee Recognition programs 1973-1976
Folder 3.2: Miscellaneous personal material

4. Photographs

Scope and Content:

Folder 4.1: Frances and Edward McDowell, Nannie and Mary McDowell
Folder 4.2: Miscellaneous family and friends
Folder 4.3: Israel, Greece and Holland
Folder 4.4: Formal and informal Veteran's Administration photos by year

5. Miscellaneous papers

Scope and Content:

5.1: Guest book, trip and expense ledger
5.2: Writing samples
5.3: Church certificates and personal documents
5.4: Scrapbooks

Subject Headings

  • McDowell family
  • Young Women's Christian Association of the U.S.A.
  • Daughters of the American Revolution.
  • United Daughters of the Confederacy
  • United States--Officials and employees.
  • Oteen (Asheville, N.C.)
  • Asheville (N.C.)
  • Processing Information

  • Collection processed by Marty McQuatters.