L. H. Fountain papers, 1946-1982.

Creator: Fountain, L. H. (Lawrence H.), 1913-2002.
Collection number: 4304
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Abstract: U.S. Representative L.H. Fountain, who, from 1953 through 1982, served North Carolina’s Second District. During Fountain’s tenure, the district straddled the state’s northern coastal plain and piedmont and included at one time or another sixteen different counties. Congressional papers include general correspondence; legislative, committee, and district files; and Fountain’s speeches and newsletters. The papers contain extensive information on social and economic conditions in North Carolina. They also document Fountain’s leadership of the Intergovernmental Relations Subcommittee of the House Government Operations Committee, which Fountain chaired from 1955 to 1982 and which examined waste, inefficiency, and corruption in federal agencies.

Repository: Southern Historical Collection

Collection Highlights: Included are legislative documents relating to the North Carolina Black Caucus (1978); civil rights (including voting rights and segregation) (1957-1958, 1962-1971, 1973, 1975-1977, 1979-1982); and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (1971- 1972, 1977-1980). The collection also contains speeches written by Fountain on such topics as the Martin Luther King Jr. assassination (1968). Use restricted.