H. Horton Rountree Papers

1967-1980
Manuscript Collection #459
Creator(s)
Rountree, H. Horton (Herbert Horton)
Physical description
12.57 Cubic Feet, consisting of correspondence, memoranda, minutes, reports, bills, clippings, and photographs.
Preferred Citation
H. Horton Rountree Papers (#459), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.
Repository
ECU Manuscript Collection
Access
No restrictions

Papers (1967-1980) including correspondence, memoranda, minutes, reports, bills, clippings, photographs, letters, etc.


Biographical/historical information

Herbert Horton Rountree (1921-March 14,1998) was raised in Farmville, N.C., and attended the University of North Carolina where he received an A.B. (1943) and an L.LB. (1950). Rountree was commissioner for the town of Farmville (1955-1957) and assistant attorney general for North Carolina (1959-1962). Elected to the N.C. General Assembly in 1967, he served until 1980 and was speaker pro tem of the House during 1977-1979. During his terms in the House, Rountree was a member of the Advisory Budget Committee (1977-1979); the Joint Committee on Government Operations (1977-1979), Legislative Services Committee (1971-1979); chair of the House Committee on Congressional Redistricting (1971); chair of the House Committee on Appropriations- Base Budget (1973); member of the Committee on Sentencing, Criminal Punishment, and Rehabilitation (1974); and a member of the Health Manpower Study Committee (1973). Since leaving the General Assembly, Rountree has served as a district judge in the N.C. Court System.


Scope and arrangement

The collection is broken down into six groups: (1) Constituent Correspondence, (2) Committee Files, (3) Commission Files, (4) Department Files, (5) Subject Files, and (6) Reports.

Constituent correspondence largely, though not entirely, consists of correspondence from Pitt County residents and reflects local problems and interests. Education is a major topic. The removal of the Wahl-Coates School from East Carolina University, the purchase of land for the school, and the actual move are noted in 1969. Vocational education (1971) and adult education classes available through community colleges (1973) reflect an interest both within and beyond the county. The controversysurrounding the upgrading of technical institutes to community colleges is discussed in light of the conversion of Pitt Technical Institute (1975-1977). Community college status is also of interest in the Committee on Government Operations file (1978) and the Committee on Higher Education file (1975), where the upgrading of Halifax Technical Institute is discussed. Educational support and teacher salaries are recurrent topics. Desegregation in Pitt County schools and the abolition of separate school tax districts are discussed in 1973.

The proposed development of subdivisions in Ayden (1969), the possibility of annexing municipalities (1971), the development of towns in Pitt County (1976-1977), and incorporation for Eastern Pines (1977) are all topics of discussion. Eminent domain and "quick take" for gaining rights-of-way are discussed in light of the development of utilities in the county (1977). The Chicod Creek Watershed Project, Swift Creek Drainage Basin, and drainage districts in general are topics of county-wide interest (1977).

Other correspondence in the file includes a letter from J. William Copeland (1974) expressing his intention of running for Associate Justice Susie Sharp's vacant seat on the N.C. Supreme Court and a letter from Robert Morgan (1974) urging Rountree's support for a pretrial criminal procedure act.

Rountree's major committees are reflected in a series of committee files. For the most part, the materials include copies of reports, minutes, bill drafts, and revisions and recommendations, with occasional correspondence promoting a position or requesting support. The major committee represented is the Appropriations Committee (1971-1980). Subcommittee minutes, allocation formulas, auditor's recommendations, base budget, and supplemental appropriations are all of interest as is a request by Leo Jenkins for funding of East Carolina University's Regional Development Institute (1971). The University of North Carolina system is a focus of the Committee on Higher Education in 1975 in a proposal to bring Wesleyan College into the UNC system and move the Medical School from East Carolina University to Wesleyan. Included in this file are Board of Governors minutes and correspondence with President William Friday.

Materials from the Congressional Redistricting Committee (1971) include meeting minutes, maps of the various plans proposed, drafts of bills, and background information.

The Commission on Sentencing, Criminal Punishment, and Rehabilitation file includes recommendations and minutes of the Subcommittee on Rehabilitation (1974). The Courts Commission file includes minutes, a draft of a bill to amend the N.C. Constitution, and recommendations (1970-1972).

Liquor-by-the-drink and mixed-beverages are important topics in a file on the ABC Law (1971), which includes reports and bill drafts. This topic also is reflected in the constituent correspondence for that year.

A personal folder includes a letter from Luther H. Hodges (1971), which advocates support for the development of the Research Triangle area. A letter from Robert W. Scott (1971) notes Forest Day and the state reforestation program and a letter from Walter B. Jones thanks Rountree for sending him a Jim Johnson cartoon.

Reports are included in many of the files as well as appearing topically and most frequently originate with the Legislative Research Commission or a General Assembly committee. Of particular interest are reports on gambling, taxation, retirement, utilities, transportation, and E.R.A. Three photographs show a Pitt County road in disrepair.


Administrative information
Custodial History

November 15, 1982, 4 cu. ft.; Legislative and political files (1967-1980), including correspondence, reports, minutes, bills, and other materials pertaining to the N.C. General Assembly. Donor: Honorable H. Horton Rountree, Greenville, N.C.

March 10, 1998, (unprocessed addition 1), 10 cubic feet; Legislative, political, and personal files (1969-1978), pertaining to the state budget, E.C.U. Medical School, church matters, and a variety of other topics. Donor: Honorable H. Horton Rountree.

February 11, 2002, (unprocessed addition 2), 18 items, .02 cubic feet; Collection of Farmville, NC, photographic prints (8) with a compact disk and digitized reproductions, and a Cash Account Book (1889-1999). Donor: Ms. Helen Rountree.

December 9, 2005, (unprocessed addition 3), 1500 items, 3.0 cubic feet; Papers (ca. 1970-1975) state budget notebooks, committee reports, etc. Donor: Ms. Helen Rountree.

Source of acquisition

Gift of Honorable H. Horton Rountree

Gift of Ms. Helen Rountree

Processing information

Processed by M. Boccaccio, May 1990

Encoded by Apex Data Services

Copyright notice

Literary rights to specific documents are retained by the authors or their descendants in accordance with U.S. copyright law.


Key terms
Personal Names
Friday, William C. (William Clyde)--Correspondence
Rountree, H. Horton (Herbert Horton), 1921-1998
Corporate Names
East Carolina University
North Carolina Wesleyan College
North Carolina. General Assembly. House of Representatives
Topical
Alcohol--Law and legislation--North Carolina
Education--North Carolina--Pitt County
Judges--North Carolina--Pitt County
Politicians--North Carolina--Pitt County
School integration--North Carolina--Pitt County
Places
Pitt County (N.C.)--Politics and government--20th century

Container list
Box 1 Folder a Constituent Correspondence, 1967-1969
Box 1 Folder b Constituent Correspondence, December 1970 - Febuary 1971
Box 1 Folder c Constituent Correspondence, March , April 1971
Box 1 Folder d Constituent Correspondence, May , July 1971
Box 1 Folder f Constituent Correspondence, March 27-28, 1973
Box 1 Folder g Constituent Correspondence, March 29-31, 1973
Box 2 Folder a Constituent Correspondence, April 1973
Box 2 Folder b Constituent Correspondence, May 1973
Box 2 Folder c Constituent Correspondence, 1974
Box 2 Folder d Constituent Correspondence, 1975 - Febuary 1977
Box 2 Folder e Constituent Correspondence, March 1977
Box 2 Folder f Constituent Correspondence, April 1977
Box 2 Folder g Constituent Correspondence, May 1977
Box 3 Folder a Constituent Correspondence, June 1977
Box 3 Folder b Constituent Correspondence, 1978-1979
Box 3 Folder c Committee Files: Appropriations Committee, 1971
Box 3 Folder d Committee Files: Appropriations Committee, 1972-1973
Box 3 Folder e Committee Files: Appropriations Committee, 1973
Box 3 Folder f Committee Files: Appropriations Committee, 1973
Box 3 Folder g Committee Files: Appropriations Committee, 1973
Box 4 Folder a Committee Files: Appropriations Subcommittee, 1973
Box 4 Folder b Committee Files: Appropriations Committee, 1975-1977
Box 4 Folder c Committee Files: Appropriations Committee, 1977
Box 4 Folder d Committee Files: Appropriations Committee, Budget, 1977
Box 4 Folder e Committee Files: Appropriations Committee, Budget, 1977
Box 5 Folder a Committee Files: Appropriations Committee, Budget, 1977
Box 5 Folder b Committee Files: Appropriations Committee, Budget, 1977
Box 5 Folder c Committee Files: Appropriations Committee, Budget, 1977
Box 5 Folder d Committee Files: Appropriations Committee, Base Budget, 1977
Box 5 Folder e Committee Files: Appropriations Committee, Base Budget, 1977
Box 6 Folder a Committee Files: Appropriations Committee, Base Budget, 1977
Box 6 Folder b Committee Files: Appropriations Committee, 1978
Box 6 Folder c Committee Files: Appropriations Committee, 1978
Box 6 Folder d Committee Files: Appropriations Committee, Budget, 1980
Box 6 Folder e Committee Files: Appropriations Committee, Supplemental Appropriations, 1977
Box 6 Folder f Committee Files: Appropriations Committee, Supplemental Appropriations, 1977
Box 7 Folder a Committee Files: Appropriations Committee, Supplemental Appropriations, 1977
Box 7 Folder b Committee Files: Appropriations Committee, Supplemental Appropriations, 1977
Box 7 Folder c Committee Files: Congressional Redistricting Committee, 1971
Box 7 Folder d Committee Files: Congressional Redistricting Committee, 1971
Box 7 Folder e Committee Files: Committee on Government Operations, September , November 3, 1977
Box 7 Folder f Committee Files: Committee on Government Operations, November 4, 1977 , February 22, 1978
Box 8 Folder a Committee Files: Committee on Government Operations, February 23 , March 9, 1978
Box 8 Folder b Committee Files: Committee on Government Operations, March 10 , June 8, 1978
Box 8 Folder c Committee Files: Committee on Higher Education, 1973-1975
Box 8 Folder d Committee Files: Judiciary I Committee, 1974-1975
Box 8 Folder e Committee Files: Judiciary I Committee, 1977
Box 8 Folder f Committee Files: Professional Law Enforcement Personnel and Practice Committee, 1975-1976
Box 8 Folder g Committee Files: Public Utilities Committee, February 1975
Box 9 Folder a Committee Files: Public Utilities Committee, March , April 1975
Box 9 Folder b Committee Files: Public Utilities Committee, June 1975
Box 9 Folder c Commission Files: Advisory Budget Commission, 1977
Box 9 Folder d Commission Files: Advisory Commission, 1977
Box 9 Folder e Commission Files: Commission on Sentencing, Criminal Punishment and Rehabilitation, 1974
Box 9 Folder f Commission Files: Commission on Sentencing, Criminal Punishment and Rehabilitation, 1975
Box 10 Folder a Commission Files: Courts Commission, 1970-1971
Box 10 Folder b Commission Files: Courts Commission, 1972
Box 10 Folder c Department Files: Department of Agriculture, 1973-1976
Box 10 Folder d Department Files: Department of Cultural Resources, 1974-1975
Box 10 Folder e Subject Files: ABC Law, 1968-1971
Box 10 Folder f Subject Files: ABC Law, 1968-1971
Box 10 Folder g Subject Files: Auto Insurance, 1973
Box 10 Folder h Subject Files: Bill Amendments, 1977
Box 10 Folder i Subject Files: Bill Drafts, 1977-1978
Box 11 Folder a Subject Files: Bills, Miscellaneous, 1975-1979
Box 11 Folder b Subject Files: Bills, Special, 1977
Box 11 Folder c Subject Files: Bills, Special, 1977
Box 11 Folder d Subject Files: Bills, Special, 1977
Box 11 Folder e Subject Files: Bills, Special, 1977
Box 11 Folder f Subject Files: Bills, Special, 1977
Box 11 Folder g Subject Files: Bills, Special, 1977
Box 12 Folder a Subject Files: Bills, Sponsored and Co-Sponsored, 1971
Box 12 Folder b Subject Files: Committee Assignments, 1975-1977
Box 12 Folder c Subject Files: Democratic Policy Committee, 1972-1973
Box 12 Folder d Subject Files: Administrative Office Building 3
Box 12 Folder e Subject Files: Personal, 1971
Box 12 Folder f Subject Files: Refugees
Box 12 Folder g Subject Files: Staff Projects, 1974
Box 12 Folder h Subject Files: Statewide Development Policy - Arnold Zogary
Box 12 Folder i Subject Files: Tobacco Tax, 1969
Box 12 Folder j Subject Files: Tuition Study, 1978-1979
Box 13 Folder a Reports: Administration
Box 13 Folder b Reports: Administration
Box 13 Folder c Reports: Bicycle Registration
Box 13 Folder d Reports: Correctional Programs
Box 13 Folder e Reports: Credit and Interest Laws
Box 13 Folder f Reports: Crime
Box 13 Folder g Reports: Crime
Box 14 Folder a Reports: Dairy Industry
Box 14 Folder b Reports: Education
Box 14 Folder c Reports: Education
Box 14 Folder d Reports: Education
Box 14 Folder e Reports: Education
Box 14 Folder f Reports: Education
Box 14 Folder g Reports: Education
Box 15 Folder a Reports: Education
Box 15 Folder b Reports: Education
Box 15 Folder c Reports: Education
Box 15 Folder d Reports: Education
Box 15 Folder e Reports: Education
Box 15 Folder f Reports: Education
Box 15 Folder g Reports: Education
Box 16 Folder a Reports: Education
Box 16 Folder b Reports: Education
Box 16 Folder c Reports: Education
Box 16 Folder d Reports: Education
Box 16 Folder e Reports: E.R.A
Box 16 Folder f Reports: Expo '82
Box 16 Folder g Reports: Foreclosure
Box 16 Folder h Reports: General Assembly Rules
Box 17 Folder a Reports: Health
Box 17 Folder b Reports: Health
Box 17 Folder c Reports: Horse Racing
Box 17 Folder d Reports: Housing
Box 17 Folder e Reports: Human Resources
Box 17 Folder f Reports: Human Resources
Box 17 Folder g Reports: Insurance
Box 18 Folder a Reports: Judicial Council
Box 18 Folder b Reports: Legislative Research Commission
Box 18 Folder c Reports: Licensing Boards
Box 18 Folder d Reports: Local Mass Transit
Box 18 Folder e Reports: Magistrates
Box 18 Folder f Reports: Department of Natural Resources
Box 18 Folder g Reports: Department of Natural Resources
Box 18 Folder h Reports: Department of Natural Resources
Box 18 Folder i Reports: Department of Natural Resources
Box 19 Folder a Reports: N.C. State Bar
Box 19 Folder b Reports: N.C. State Constitution
Box 19 Folder c Reports: Personnel
Box 19 Folder d Reports: Product Safety
Box 19 Folder e Reports: Department of Revenue
Box 19 Folder f Reports: Revenue Laws
Box 19 Folder g Reports: Revenue Sharing
Box 19 Folder h Reports: Retirement
Box 19 Folder i Reports: Retirement
Box 19 Folder j Reports: Sea World
Box 19 Folder k Reports: Sports Facility
Box 20 Folder a Reports: State Auditor
Box 20 Folder b Reports: State Employees
Box 20 Folder c Reports: Taxes
Box 20 Folder d Reports: Taxes
Box 20 Folder e Reports: Department of Transportation and Highway Safety
Box 20 Folder f Reports: Department of Transportation and Highway Safety
Box 21 Folder a Reports: Utilities
Box 21 Folder b Reports: Utilities
Box 21 Folder c Reports: Utilities
Box 21 Folder d Reports: Youth Legislative Assembly
Box 21 Folder e Photographs
Box 21 Folder f Miscellaneous