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Currie and Johnston Families. Papers

Identifier: DC076

Scope and Contents

The collection contains a small amount of genealogical materials and newsclippings about the Currie, Johnston, Martin, Womack, Withers and Wharey families, files related to Archibald Currie, Lucy Battle Martin Currie, Letitia Womack Currie, Lucy Currie Johnston, and photographs. The Johnston family materials include Frontis Johnston correspondence (1845-1868 and undated) which provides accounts of family travel in those years and Frontis Withers Johnston correspondence (1950) with Sam Spencer, future president of Davidson College. The bulk of the collection are files of Letitia Womack Currie. These include correspondence, (1916-1998), a travel documents including a diary, talks on local history, and financial documents. The Archibald Currie files include the minute book (1888-1889) of the Boys Peace and Beneficial Club. Currie was a member as was his brother. The Lucy Battle Martin Currie files contain correspondence and manuscripts of several talks, including one on her trip to Oxford. The Correspondence 1902 folder also contains a collection of small cards with scenes from Oxford. The photographs are primarily of family members. Davidson College diploma of Frontis Withers Johnston, 1930 housed with diploma collection. Additional materials on Lucy Martin Currie can be found in DC0193s, Lucy Martin Currie Collection, 1922-1987 and in DC040, Thelemite Book Club Collection.


  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1845 - 1998

Biographical / Historical

Archibald Currie (1876-1942) was born in Orange County, North Carolina, the son of the Reverend James Lachlin Currie and Mrs. Violet Womack Currie. He graduated from Davidson College in 1897 and taught for one year in Coleman, Texas. He returned to Davidson and worked as the principal of the Davidson Academy. In 1901 he joined the faculty of Davidson College, teaching economics and political science. In 1907, he married Lucy Battle Martin. Lucy Battle Martin (1876-1967) was the daughter of Colonel William Joseph Martin and Letitia Coddingtin Costin Martin. Col Martin taught chemistry at Davidson College and served as acting president 1887-1888. Lucy Battle Martin's brother, William Joseph (1868-1943), also taught chemistry at Davidson College and was president, 1912-1929. Her sister Mary Turpin, married E. L. Sloop and was a medical doctor and founder of the Crossnore School, in Crossnore, NC. Lucy attended classes at Oxford University in 1904-1095. Archibald and Lucy Currie had two daughters, Letitia Womack Currie (1908-1999) and Lucy Martin Currie (1910-1970). Letitia attended Davidson College and Salem College. She taught in Winston-Salem and Davidson before earning a MA degree in International Relations. She taught at Peace College for four years before returning to Davidson. She taught in the public schools in Davidson and Mecklenburg County, retiring in 1971. Lucy also attended Davidson College and Salem College, graduating from Salem in 1931. She married Frontis Johnston, a professor of history at Davidson College in 1936. She worked as an administrative secretary at Davidson College and was active in local civic groups and performed in several drama productions. Both the Currie and Johnston families have strong ties to Davidson College and to various book clubs, church and civic organizations.


.84 Linear Feet (3 boxes + oversize)



Physical Location

Carrel Storage

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Given to Davidson College Archives by Letitia Johnston Kimbrough

Processing Information

Processed on 03/01/2004

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Repository Details

Part of the Manuscript Collections Repository