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MC 00007 Guide to the Alvin Marcus Fountain Papers, 1889-2002

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This series contains the records of Alvin Marcus Fountain's career at North Carolina State College (later North Carolina State University) as a student, faculty member, and alumnus. It is divided into subseries based on the aforementioned delineations. Within subseries, folders are arranged alphabetically.
Student, 1919 - 1923 (MC 00007Subseries 1.1)
[Box 1, Folder 1] Commencement Program, 1923
[Box 1, Folder 2] Coursework, Drawings for Mechanical Engineering, 1920, undated
[Flat Box 5] Coursework, Drawings for Mechanical Engineering, 1919-1920, undated
[Box 1, Folder 3] Grade Reports, 1920, 1922
[Box 1, Folder 4] Recommendation Form, undated
[Box 1, Folder 5] State College Record, 1919 Mar.
[Box 1, Folder 6] Writings, 1921, 1923
[Box 1, Folder 7] Writings, Agromeck, 1921, 1923
[Box 1, Folder 8] Writings, Technician, 1920-1923
Faculty, 1938 - 1974 (MC 00007 Subseries 1.2)
[Box 1, Folder 9] American Society for Engineering Education, Annual Meeting, 1952
[Box 1, Folder 10] American Society for Engineering Education, Annual Meeting, 1953
[Box 1, Folder 11] American Society for Engineering Education, Annual Meeting, 1957
[Box 1, Folder 12] American Society for Engineering Education, Annual Meeting, 1958
[Box 1, Folder 13] American Society for Engineering Education, Papers by Alvin Marcus Fountain, 1958, 1961, undated
[Box 1, Folder 14] American Society for Engineering Education, Technical Writing Articles, 1950 - 1952
[Box 1, Folder 15] Correspondence, 1953 - 1974
[Box 1, Folder 16] Faculty Publications Form, circa 1938
[Box 1, Folder 17] Phi Kappa Phi, 1942, undated
Alumni, 1889 - 1991 (MC 00007 Subseries 1.3)
[Box 1, Folder 18] Alumni News, 1934 - 1968
[Box 1, Folder 19] Attractor, 84th anniversary of North Carolina State University, 1973 Sept. 28
[Box 1, Folder 20] Article on Yugoslav classmates, 1980
[Box 1, Folder 21] Buildings and Grounds Committee, Minutes and Report, 1961, 1970
[Box 1, Folder 22] Committee on the History of the College, Annual Reports, 1955 - 1957
[Box 1, Folder 23] Committee on Institutional History and Commemoration, Memoranda, 1972 - 1973
[Box 1, Folder 24] Committee on Institutional History and Commemoration, Minutes, 1972 - 1977
[Box 1, Folder 25] Committee on Institutional History and Commemoration, Place Names, Reference Material, 1967 - 1973
[Box 1, Folder 26] Committee on Institutional History and Commemoration, Place Names, Reference Notebook 1, undated
File 1 of 3
[Box 1, Folder 27] Committee on Institutional History and Commemoration, Place Names, Reference Notebook 1, undated
File 2 of 3
[Box 2, Folder 1] Committee on Institutional History and Commemoration, Place Names, Reference Notebook 1, undated
File 3 of 3
[Box 2, Folder 2] Committee on Institutional History and Commemoration, Place Names, Reference Notebook 2, undated
File 1 of 4
[Box 2, Folder 3] Committee on Institutional History and Commemoration, Place Names, Reference Notebook 2, undated
File 2 of 4. Also contains information about genealogy and Sons of the American Revolution.
[Box 2, Folder 4] Committee on Institutional History and Commemoration, Place Names, Reference Notebook 2, undated
File 3 of 4
[Box 2, Folder 5] Committee on Institutional History and Commemoration, Place Names, Reference Notebook 2, undated
File 4 of 4
[Box 2, Folder 6] Committee on Institutional History and Commemoration, Place Names, Research, Bureau of Mines Building, undated
[Box 2, Folder 7] Committee on Institutional History and Commemoration, Place Names, Research, Burlington Engineering Laboratories, 1972 - 1973
[Box 2, Folder 8] Committee on Institutional History and Commemoration, Place Names, Research, Case Athletic Center, 1966, 1972
[Box 2, Folder 9] Committee on Institutional History and Commemoration, Place Names, Research, Cell Library, undated
[Box 2, Folder 10] Committee on Institutional History and Commemoration, Place Names, Research, Chamberlain Street, 1972, 1982, undated
[Box 2, Folder 11] Committee on Institutional History and Commemoration, Place Names, Research, Cox Hall, 1970, undated
[Box 2, Folder 12] Committee on Institutional History and Commemoration, Place Names, Research, Culbreth Drive, 1971
[Box 2, Folder 13] Committee on Institutional History and Commemoration, Place Names, Research, Danforth Chapel, 1966 - 1972
[Box 2, Folder 14] Committee on Institutional History and Commemoration, Place Names, Research, Dunn Avenue, 1972
[Box 2, Folder 15] Committee on Institutional History and Commemoration, Place Names, Research, Forster Library, 1972
[Box 2, Folder 16] Committee on Institutional History and Commemoration, Place Names, Research, Fraternity Housing, 1966, undated
[Box 2, Folder 17] Committee on Institutional History and Commemoration, Place Names, Research, Gardner Arboretum, 1972
[Box 2, Folder 18] Committee on Institutional History and Commemoration, Place Names, Research, Greaves-Walker Reading Room, 1946 - 1972
[Box 2, Folder 19] Committee on Institutional History and Commemoration, Place Names, Research, Greenhouse #1, undated
[Box 2, Folder 20] Committee on Institutional History and Commemoration, Place Names, Research, Grinnells Animal Health Laboratory, 1972
[Box 2, Folder 21] Committee on Institutional History and Commemoration, Place Names, Research, Harrelson Hall, 1932, 1936
[Box 2, Folder 22] Committee on Institutional History and Commemoration, Place Names, Research, Heating Plant, undated
[Box 2, Folder 23] Committee on Institutional History and Commemoration, Place Names, Research, Hill Library, 1916
[Box 2, Folder 24] Committee on Institutional History and Commemoration, Place Names, Research, Holladay Hall, 1895, 1972 - 1975
[Box 2, Folder 25] Committee on Institutional History and Commemoration, Place Names, Research, King Religious Center, 1955, 1962, undated
[Box 2, Folder 26] Committee on Institutional History and Commemoration, Place Names, Research, Leazar Hall, undated
[Box 2, Folder 27] Committee on Institutional History and Commemoration, Place Names, Research, Lee Dormitory, 1966
[Box 2, Folder 28] Committee on Institutional History and Commemoration, Place Names, Research, Lyons Design Library, 1968, 1972
[Box 2, Folder 29] Committee on Institutional History and Commemoration, Place Names, Research, Magnum Hall, 1972
[Box 2, Folder 30] Committee on Institutional History and Commemoration, Place Names, Research, Mann Hall, 1972
[Box 2, Folder 31] Committee on Institutional History and Commemoration, Place Names, Research, McKimmon Room, 1972, undated
[Box 2, Folder 32] Committee on Institutional History and Commemoration, Place Names, Research, Old Mechanical, undated
[Box 2, Folder 33] Committee on Institutional History and Commemoration, Place Names, Research, Pate Drive, 1971
[Box 2, Folder 34] Committee on Institutional History and Commemoration, Place Names, Research, Patterson and Peele Halls, 1908, 1972
[Box 2, Folder 35] Committee on Institutional History and Commemoration, Place Names, Research, Poe Hall, 1971, undated
[Box 2, Folder 36] Committee on Institutional History and Commemoration, Place Names, Research, Polk Hall, undated
[Box 2, Folder 37] Committee on Institutional History and Commemoration, Place Names, Research, Power Plant, 1972
[Box 2, Folder 38] Committee on Institutional History and Commemoration, Place Names, Research, Price Drive, 1971
[Box 2, Folder 39] Committee on Institutional History and Commemoration, Place Names, Research, Pullen Hall, undated
[Box 2, Folder 40] Committee on Institutional History and Commemoration, Place Names, Research, Pullen Road, undated
[Box 2, Folder 41] Committee on Institutional History and Commemoration, Place Names, Research, Randolph Reading Room, 1961
[Box 2, Folder 42] Committee on Institutional History and Commemoration, Place Names, Research, Robertson Laboratories, undated
[Box 2, Folder 43] Committee on Institutional History and Commemoration, Place Names, Research, Scott Hall, 1972
[Box 2, Folder 44] Committee on Institutional History and Commemoration, Place Names, Research, Stephens Room, undated
[Box 2, Folder 45] Committee on Institutional History and Commemoration, Place Names, Research, Student Supply Store, 1973
[Box 2, Folder 46] Committee on Institutional History and Commemoration, Place Names, Research, Summer House, undated
[Box 2, Folder 47] Committee on Institutional History and Commemoration, Place Names, Research, Watauga Hall, undated
[Box 2, Folder 48] Committee on Institutional History and Commemoration, Place Names, Research, Winston Hall, 1899 - 1987
[Box 2, Folder 49] Committee on Institutional History and Commemoration, Place Names, Research, Yates-Mill Laboratories, 1972
[Box 2, Folder 50] Committee on Institutional History and Commemoration, Place Names, Research, Unnamed Buildings, 1972 - 1973, undated
[Box 3, Folder 1] Committee on Institutional History and Commemoration, Place Names, Progress Reports, 1971 - 1972
[Box 3, Folder 2] Founders' Day, Program and Articles, 1957
[Box 3, Folder 3] Fraternity, Alpha Lambda Tau, 1932 - 1933
[Box 3, Folder 4] Fraternity, Mu Beta Psi, undated
[Box 3, Folder 5] Reunion, Class Directory, 1973 May 4
[Box 3, Folder 6] Reunion, Correspondence and Notes, 1973
[Box 3, Folder 7] Reunion, Invocation and Salute, 1973 May 4
[Box 3, Folder 8] Reunion, Photographs, undated
[Box 3, Folder 9] Reunion, Research on Classmates, Correspondence and Notes, 1972 - 1973
[Box 3, Folder 10] University History Research, "Bear in the Chapel" Oral History Project, 1914, 1984, undated
[Box 3, Folder 11] University History Research, Newspaper Articles, 1889 - 1991, undated
[Box 3, Folder 12] University History Research, Pullen Land Grant, undated
[Box 3, Folder 13] University History Research, Textile Plant Fire, 1889, 1914
[Box 3, Folder 14] Writings, 1926 - 1981
[Box 3, Folder 15] Writings, Agromeck, 1927 - 1928
[Box 3, Folder 16] Writings, Alma Mater, 1925
[Box 3, Folder 17] Writings, Technician, 1924 - 1978, undated
This series contains records regarding Alvin Fountain's community involvement and his research into his family history. It also includes his personal correspondence and the records of Maxine Taylor Fountain. The series is divided into five subseries: Community Involvement, Family History, Correspondence, General, and Maxine Taylor Fountain. Within the subseries, folders are arranged alphabetically.
Community Involvement, 1954 - 1981 (MC 00007 Subseries 2.1)
[Box 3, Folder 18] Cane Ridge Revival, Christian Church, undated
[Box 3, Folder 19] D.H. Hill Library, Donation, 1981 Apr. 21
[Box 3, Folder 20] Danforth Scholars, Seminar on General Education and Religion and Moral Values, University of Chicago, 1957 June
[Box 3, Folder 21] Duke Players, Experimental Theatre, undated
[Box 3, Folder 22] Hillyer Memorial Christian Church, Convention, Charlotte, Visual Records, 1972
[Box 3, Folder 23] Hillyer Memorial Christian Church, Newspaper Articles, 1974, undated
[Box 3, Folder 24] Hillyer Memorial Christian Church, Writings, 1974 - 1978
[Box 3, Folder 25] International Ecumenical Institute, Participation, 1954 Sept.
[Box 3, Folder 26] National Benevolent Association of the Christian Church, Donation, 1972 Feb. 24
[Box 3, Folder 27] North Carolina Council of Churches Legislative Seminar, 1975 Jan.
[Box 3, Folder 28] Sons of the American Revolution, 1976, undated
[Box 3, Folder 29] Sons of the American Revolution, Photographs, undated
[Box 3, Folder 30] Sons of the American Revolution, Writings, 1973 July 1
[Box 3, Folder 31] Union Chapel Christian Church, Writings, 1979 July 24
[Box 3, Folder 32] Wake County Association of Retired Persons, Introduction of Burton F. Beers, 1979 Feb. 15
Correspondence, 1922 - 1989 (MC 00007 Subseries 2.2)
[Box 3, Folder 33] 1922 - 1989
[Box 3, Folder 34] Holiday and Special Occasion Letters, 1954 - 1987, undated
Family History, 1911 - 1992 (MC 00007 Subseries 2.3)
[Box 3, Folder 35] Family Reunion Newsletters, 1924, 1970 - 1986
[Box 3, Folder 36] Genealogy Research Notes, 1920 - 1986, undated
[Box 4, Folder 1] The John R. Fountain Family, 1952 Nov. 11
[Box 4, Folder 2] The John R. Fountain Family of Onslow County, North Carolina, 1992
[Box 4, Folder 3] John R. Fountain Family Reunion Assembly Area Dedication, undated
[Box 4, Folder 4] John R. Fountain Memorial Plaque Dedication, 1962 Sept. 9
[Box 4, Folder 5] Kit Bryan, 1911
[Box 4, Folder 6] Mattie Ella Moore Taylor: 1879-1962, 1963 Jan. 1
[Box 4, Folder 7] Newspaper Articles, 1971 - 1988
[Box 4, Folder 8] Tom McCrea Poetry, 1925
[Flat Folder 1] People and Events Contemporary with John R. Fountain and Molsey A. Fountain, 1952
General, 1927 - 1962 (MC 00007 Subseries 2.4)
[Box 4, Folder 9] Louisburg College, The Oak Yearbook Page, 1927
[Box 4, Folder 10] Newspaper Articles about Alvin Fountain, 1956 - 1984
[Box 4, Folder 11] Notes, Political Ideas, undated
[Box 4, Folder 12] Place Card, undated
[Box 4, Folder 13] Playbills and Play Scripts, undated
[Box 4, Folder 14] Publications, collected by Fountain, 1931, 1962
Maxine Taylor Fountain, 1947 - 1989 (MC 00007 Subseries 2.5)
[Box 4, Folder 15] Correspondence, 1948 - 1949, 1988 - 1989
[Box 4, Folder 16] Daughters of the American Revolution, Constitutional Drama, 1987
[Box 4, Folder 17] Newspaper Articles, 1949, 1969, undated
[Box 4, Folder 18] North Carolina State College Women's Club, 1947 - 1956, undated
This series contains Alvin Fountain's writings and publications that do not concern North Carolina State University or his professional and personal affiliations. Folders are arranged alphabetically.
[Box 4, Folder 19] Eulogy, Ralph Swann, undated
[Box 4, Folder 20] Letters to the Editor, Drafts, undated
[Box 4, Folder 21] Newspaper Articles and Letters to the Editor, 1972 - 1988, undated
[Box 4, Folder 22] Obituary, Cat, 1973 Nov. 21
[Box 4, Folder 23] Poetry, 1929 - 1984, undated
[Box 4, Folder 24] William Norwood Hicks II: An Appreciation, 1974

Creator

Fountain, Alvin Marcus, 1899-

Quantity

2.0 Linear feet 4 archival boxes

General Physical Description note

Location

For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Special Collections Research Center Reference Staff external link.

Language

English

Acquisitions Information

Gift of Alvin Marcus Fountain, 1968, 1974, 1977, 1984, 1985, 1987; Harlan Brown, December 3, 1970; Maxine Taylor Fountain, 1987, 1990, 1992, 1993; and Ben Horne, 1991.

Processing

Processed by: Special Collections Research Center staff; Re-processed by: Stephanie A. Horowitz; machine-readable finding aid created by: Stephanie A. Horowitz; Updated by Aaron Cusick, 2009 November

Scope and Content Note

The Alvin Marcus Fountain Papers include correspondence, writings, publications, poetry, minutes, programs, brochures, reports, newspaper articles, photographs, memoranda, newsletters, notes, and slides. The Papers are organized into three series: North Carolina State University, Personal, and Writings and Publications.

Biographical Note

Alvin Marcus Fountain was born in Onslow County, North Carolina, in 1900. He entered North Carolina State College in 1919 after having heard the stories of his cousin Kit Bryan, who had graduated from the college in 1911. Fountain majored in electrical engineering and participated in a number of extracurricular activities: he was an Intersociety debater, a member of the Leazar Literary Society, a member of the Quill Club, and the 1923 class poet. When the student newspaper, the Technician, was started in 1919, Fountain became a regular writer for the newspaper. He wrote both serious stories and humorous pieces, which he wrote under a pen name, Zippy Mack. Fountain eventually became editor-in-chief of the Technician as well as commencement orator in 1923.

After graduation, Fountain became a statistician for the Carolina Power and Light Company. The following year, while putting his older brother Robert Roy (R.R.) through school at N.C. State, Fountain decided to return to N.C. State as well and received a fellowship to do graduate work. Fountain received a master's degree in sociology in 1925 but found himself without any job prospects. Therefore, he wrote to N.C. State's president explaining his situation and offering to teach freshman courses, whereupon the president offered him a job teaching freshman English. At the same time, during summers, Fountain took English courses at the University of North Carolina to acquire the credentials necessary to teach college-level English. During this same period, in 1925, Fountain composed the lyrics to N.C. State's new alma mater, still in use 80 years later.

From 1929 to 1930, Fountain took a year off from teaching to acquire a master's degree in American literature from Columbia University in New York. He returned to teaching duties for several years and then, from 1935 to 1938, again returned to school, this time to receive a doctorate in technical writing from Peabody College in Nashville, Tennessee. While researching for his dissertation, Fountain came across the American Society for Engineering Education, an organization with which Fountain would be associated for over 30 years.

Upon returning once more to N.C. State, Fountain began developing courses in technical writing and in public speaking for engineering students. In 1943, Fountain co-authored the third edition of The Engineer's Manual of English. Later, he co-authored The Manual of Technical Writing. Fountain retired from teaching in 1965, but remained active in the N.C. State community by researching and composing a book on the history of place names at the university.

Fountain was also involved in the community outside the university. He was an active member and church elder in the Hillyer Memorial Christian Church, which he joined in 1923. He also was a member of the Sons of the American Revolution. He was deeply committed to his family history, doing a great deal of genealogical research and organizing annual family reunions. Fountain married Maxine Taylor, a native of Halifax County, North Carolina, in 1937. They had two children, Marcia and Alvin II (known as Mark). Fountain died in 1989.

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