H. Horton Rountree Papers, 1967-1980

Manuscript Collection #459

  • Descriptive Summary
     
    Title: H. Horton Rountree Papers
    Creator: Rountree, H. Horton (Herbert Horton), 1921-1998
    Repository: ECU Manuscript Collection
    Language: English
    Abstract: Papers (1967-1980) including correspondence, memoranda, minutes, reports, bills, clippings, photographs, letters, etc.
    Extent: 12.57 Cubic feet, consisting of correspondence, memoranda, minutes, reports, bills, clippings, and photographs.
  • Description
     

    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.

  • Biographical / Historical Note
     

    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.

  • Administrative Information
     
    Accessions Information

    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.

    Acquisition Information

    Gift of Honorable H. Horton Rountree
    Gift of Ms. Helen Rountree

    Access Restrictions

    No restrictions

    Copyright Notice

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

    Preferred Citation

    H. Horton Rountree Papers (#459), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.

    Processing Information

    Processed by M. Boccaccio, May 1990

    Encoded by Apex Data Services

Container List

  • Constituent Correspondence, April 1973-May 1977
     
    Constituent Correspondence, April 1973
    Constituent Correspondence, May 1973
    Constituent Correspondence, 1974
    Constituent Correspondence, 1975 - Febuary 1977
    Constituent Correspondence, March 1977
    Constituent Correspondence, April 1977
    Constituent Correspondence, May 1977
  • Constituent Correspondence, June 1977-1979
     
    Constituent Correspondence, June 1977
    Constituent Correspondence, 1978-1979
    Committee Files: Appropriations Committee, 1971
    Committee Files: Appropriations Committee, 1972-1973
    Committee Files: Appropriations Committee, 1973
    Committee Files: Appropriations Committee, 1973
    Committee Files: Appropriations Committee, 1973
  • Committee Files
     
    Committee Files: Appropriations Subcommittee, 1973
    Committee Files: Appropriations Committee, 1975-1977
    Committee Files: Appropriations Committee, 1977
    Committee Files: Appropriations Committee, Budget, 1977
    Committee Files: Appropriations Committee, Budget, 1977
  • Committee Files
     
    Committee Files: Appropriations Committee, Budget, 1977
    Committee Files: Appropriations Committee, Budget, 1977
    Committee Files: Appropriations Committee, Budget, 1977
    Committee Files: Appropriations Committee, Base Budget, 1977
    Committee Files: Appropriations Committee, Base Budget, 1977
  • Committee Files
     
    Committee Files: Appropriations Committee, Base Budget, 1977
    Committee Files: Appropriations Committee, 1978
    Committee Files: Appropriations Committee, 1978
    Committee Files: Appropriations Committee, Budget, 1980
    Committee Files: Appropriations Committee, Supplemental Appropriations, 1977
    Committee Files: Appropriations Committee, Supplemental Appropriations, 1977
  • Committee Files
     
    Committee Files: Appropriations Committee, Supplemental Appropriations, 1977
    Committee Files: Appropriations Committee, Supplemental Appropriations, 1977
    Committee Files: Congressional Redistricting Committee, 1971
    Committee Files: Congressional Redistricting Committee, 1971
    Committee Files: Committee on Government Operations, September - November 3, 1977
    Committee Files: Committee on Government Operations, November 4, 1977 - February 22, 1978
  • Committee Files
     
    Committee Files: Committee on Government Operations, February 23 - March 9, 1978
    Committee Files: Committee on Government Operations, March 10 - June 8, 1978
    Committee Files: Committee on Higher Education, 1973-1975
    Committee Files: Judiciary I Committee, 1974-1975
    Committee Files: Judiciary I Committee, 1977
    Committee Files: Professional Law Enforcement Personnel and Practice Committee, 1975-1976
    Committee Files: Public Utilities Committee, February 1975
  • Committee Files
     
    Committee Files: Public Utilities Committee, March - April 1975
    Committee Files: Public Utilities Committee, June 1975
    Commission Files: Advisory Budget Commission, 1977
    Commission Files: Advisory Commission, 1977
    Commission Files: Commission on Sentencing, Criminal Punishment and Rehabilitation, 1974
    Commission Files: Commission on Sentencing, Criminal Punishment and Rehabilitation, 1975
  • Commission Files; Department Files; Subject Files
     
    Commission Files: Courts Commission, 1970-1971
    Commission Files: Courts Commission, 1972
    Department Files: Department of Agriculture, 1973-1976
    Department Files: Department of Cultural Resources, 1974-1975
    Subject Files: ABC Law, 1968-1971
    Subject Files: ABC Law, 1968-1971
    Subject Files: Auto Insurance, 1973
    Subject Files: Bill Amendments, 1977
    Subject Files: Bill Drafts, 1977-1978
  • Subject Files
     
    Subject Files: Bills, Miscellaneous, 1975-1979
    Subject Files: Bills, Special, 1977
    Subject Files: Bills, Special, 1977
    Subject Files: Bills, Special, 1977
    Subject Files: Bills, Special, 1977
    Subject Files: Bills, Special, 1977
    Subject Files: Bills, Special, 1977
  • Subject Files
     
    Subject Files: Bills, Sponsored and Co-Sponsored, 1971
    Subject Files: Committee Assignments, 1975-1977
    Subject Files: Democratic Policy Committee, 1972-1973
    Subject Files: Administrative Office Building 3
    Subject Files: Personal, 1971
    Subject Files: Refugees
    Subject Files: Staff Projects, 1974
    Subject Files: Statewide Development Policy - Arnold Zogary
    Subject Files: Tobacco Tax, 1969
    Subject Files: Tuition Study, 1978-1979
  • Reports
     
    Reports: Administration
    Reports: Administration
    Reports: Bicycle Registration
    Reports: Correctional Programs
    Reports: Credit and Interest Laws
    Reports: Crime
    Reports: Crime
  • Reports
     
    Reports: Dairy Industry
    Reports: Education
    Reports: Education
    Reports: Education
    Reports: Education
    Reports: Education
    Reports: Education
  • Reports
     
    Reports: Education
    Reports: Education
    Reports: Education
    Reports: Education
    Reports: Education
    Reports: Education
    Reports: Education
  • Reports
     
    Reports: Education
    Reports: Education
    Reports: Education
    Reports: Education
    Reports: E.R.A.
    Reports: Expo '82
    Reports: Foreclosure
    Reports: General Assembly Rules
  • Reports
     
    Reports: Health
    Reports: Health
    Reports: Horse Racing
    Reports: Housing
    Reports: Human Resources
    Reports: Human Resources
    Reports: Insurance
  • Reports
     
    Reports: Judicial Council
    Reports: Legislative Research Commission
    Reports: Licensing Boards
    Reports: Local Mass Transit
    Reports: Magistrates
    Reports: Department of Natural Resources
    Reports: Department of Natural Resources
    Reports: Department of Natural Resources
    Reports: Department of Natural Resources
  • Reports
     
    Reports: N.C. State Bar
    Reports: N.C. State Constitution
    Reports: Personnel
    Reports: Product Safety
    Reports: Department of Revenue
    Reports: Revenue Laws
    Reports: Revenue Sharing
    Reports: Retirement
    Reports: Retirement
    Reports: Sea World
    Reports: Sports Facility
  • Reports
     
    Reports: State Auditor
    Reports: State Employees
    Reports: Taxes
    Reports: Taxes
    Reports: Department of Transportation and Highway Safety
    Reports: Department of Transportation and Highway Safety

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Container List

  • Constituent Correspondence, April 1973-May 1977
     
    Constituent Correspondence, April 1973
    Constituent Correspondence, May 1973
    Constituent Correspondence, 1974
    Constituent Correspondence, 1975 - Febuary 1977
    Constituent Correspondence, March 1977
    Constituent Correspondence, April 1977
    Constituent Correspondence, May 1977
  • Constituent Correspondence, June 1977-1979
     
    Constituent Correspondence, June 1977
    Constituent Correspondence, 1978-1979
    Committee Files: Appropriations Committee, 1971
    Committee Files: Appropriations Committee, 1972-1973
    Committee Files: Appropriations Committee, 1973
    Committee Files: Appropriations Committee, 1973
    Committee Files: Appropriations Committee, 1973
  • Committee Files
     
    Committee Files: Appropriations Subcommittee, 1973
    Committee Files: Appropriations Committee, 1975-1977
    Committee Files: Appropriations Committee, 1977
    Committee Files: Appropriations Committee, Budget, 1977
    Committee Files: Appropriations Committee, Budget, 1977
  • Committee Files
     
    Committee Files: Appropriations Committee, Budget, 1977
    Committee Files: Appropriations Committee, Budget, 1977
    Committee Files: Appropriations Committee, Budget, 1977
    Committee Files: Appropriations Committee, Base Budget, 1977
    Committee Files: Appropriations Committee, Base Budget, 1977
  • Committee Files
     
    Committee Files: Appropriations Committee, Base Budget, 1977
    Committee Files: Appropriations Committee, 1978
    Committee Files: Appropriations Committee, 1978
    Committee Files: Appropriations Committee, Budget, 1980
    Committee Files: Appropriations Committee, Supplemental Appropriations, 1977
    Committee Files: Appropriations Committee, Supplemental Appropriations, 1977
  • Committee Files
     
    Committee Files: Appropriations Committee, Supplemental Appropriations, 1977
    Committee Files: Appropriations Committee, Supplemental Appropriations, 1977
    Committee Files: Congressional Redistricting Committee, 1971
    Committee Files: Congressional Redistricting Committee, 1971
    Committee Files: Committee on Government Operations, September - November 3, 1977
    Committee Files: Committee on Government Operations, November 4, 1977 - February 22, 1978
  • Committee Files
     
    Committee Files: Committee on Government Operations, February 23 - March 9, 1978
    Committee Files: Committee on Government Operations, March 10 - June 8, 1978
    Committee Files: Committee on Higher Education, 1973-1975
    Committee Files: Judiciary I Committee, 1974-1975
    Committee Files: Judiciary I Committee, 1977
    Committee Files: Professional Law Enforcement Personnel and Practice Committee, 1975-1976
    Committee Files: Public Utilities Committee, February 1975
  • Committee Files
     
    Committee Files: Public Utilities Committee, March - April 1975
    Committee Files: Public Utilities Committee, June 1975
    Commission Files: Advisory Budget Commission, 1977
    Commission Files: Advisory Commission, 1977
    Commission Files: Commission on Sentencing, Criminal Punishment and Rehabilitation, 1974
    Commission Files: Commission on Sentencing, Criminal Punishment and Rehabilitation, 1975
  • Commission Files; Department Files; Subject Files
     
    Commission Files: Courts Commission, 1970-1971
    Commission Files: Courts Commission, 1972
    Department Files: Department of Agriculture, 1973-1976
    Department Files: Department of Cultural Resources, 1974-1975
    Subject Files: ABC Law, 1968-1971
    Subject Files: ABC Law, 1968-1971
    Subject Files: Auto Insurance, 1973
    Subject Files: Bill Amendments, 1977
    Subject Files: Bill Drafts, 1977-1978
  • Subject Files
     
    Subject Files: Bills, Miscellaneous, 1975-1979
    Subject Files: Bills, Special, 1977
    Subject Files: Bills, Special, 1977
    Subject Files: Bills, Special, 1977
    Subject Files: Bills, Special, 1977
    Subject Files: Bills, Special, 1977
    Subject Files: Bills, Special, 1977
  • Subject Files
     
    Subject Files: Bills, Sponsored and Co-Sponsored, 1971
    Subject Files: Committee Assignments, 1975-1977
    Subject Files: Democratic Policy Committee, 1972-1973
    Subject Files: Administrative Office Building 3
    Subject Files: Personal, 1971
    Subject Files: Refugees
    Subject Files: Staff Projects, 1974
    Subject Files: Statewide Development Policy - Arnold Zogary
    Subject Files: Tobacco Tax, 1969
    Subject Files: Tuition Study, 1978-1979
  • Reports
     
    Reports: Administration
    Reports: Administration
    Reports: Bicycle Registration
    Reports: Correctional Programs
    Reports: Credit and Interest Laws
    Reports: Crime
    Reports: Crime
  • Reports
     
    Reports: Dairy Industry
    Reports: Education
    Reports: Education
    Reports: Education
    Reports: Education
    Reports: Education
    Reports: Education
  • Reports
     
    Reports: Education
    Reports: Education
    Reports: Education
    Reports: Education
    Reports: Education
    Reports: Education
    Reports: Education
  • Reports
     
    Reports: Education
    Reports: Education
    Reports: Education
    Reports: Education
    Reports: E.R.A.
    Reports: Expo '82
    Reports: Foreclosure
    Reports: General Assembly Rules
  • Reports
     
    Reports: Health
    Reports: Health
    Reports: Horse Racing
    Reports: Housing
    Reports: Human Resources
    Reports: Human Resources
    Reports: Insurance
  • Reports
     
    Reports: Judicial Council
    Reports: Legislative Research Commission
    Reports: Licensing Boards
    Reports: Local Mass Transit
    Reports: Magistrates
    Reports: Department of Natural Resources
    Reports: Department of Natural Resources
    Reports: Department of Natural Resources
    Reports: Department of Natural Resources
  • Reports
     
    Reports: N.C. State Bar
    Reports: N.C. State Constitution
    Reports: Personnel
    Reports: Product Safety
    Reports: Department of Revenue
    Reports: Revenue Laws
    Reports: Revenue Sharing
    Reports: Retirement
    Reports: Retirement
    Reports: Sea World
    Reports: Sports Facility
  • Reports
     
    Reports: State Auditor
    Reports: State Employees
    Reports: Taxes
    Reports: Taxes
    Reports: Department of Transportation and Highway Safety
    Reports: Department of Transportation and Highway Safety


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