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Restrictions

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Series I: Rice Related 1924-2008

Series II: Career & World War II 1941-2002 1941-2002

Woodson Research Center, Rice University

Guide to the Fred C. Alter papers, 1924-2008 UA 335



creator Alter, Fred C.
Title: Fred C. Alter papers
Dates: 1924-2008
Abstract: The Fred C. Alter papers contain correspondence, memorabilia, Rice notebooks, a personal scrapbook, photographs, and material related to the Robert P. Quin Award, relating to Alter, a Rice Institute almunus and World War II veteran.
Identification: UA 335
Quantity: 1.5 Linear Feet(3 boxes)
Language: English
Repository: Woodson Research Center, Rice University, Houston, Texas

Biographical / Historical

Fred Cunningham Alter graduated from Rice University in 1934 and was the fourth recipient of the Robert P. Quin Award for excellence in leadership, scholarship, and athletics. Born in San Antonio, Texas, on October 8, 1913, he excelled from a young age in tennis and academics, winning the San Antonio Junior Tennis Tournament singles competition and acting as president of his senior high school class.

After graduating from Rice University, Alter earned his L.L.B. from the South Texas School of Law in 1941. He went on to serve in the U.S. Army from 1943-1946, supervising Japanese P.O.W. camps in New Caledonia, Guadalcanal, and Manila. Discharged at the rank of captain, he returned to Texas to work at Matteson-Southwest Advertising Company until 1949 when he assumed a management position at Wetmore & Company. In 1960, he became president of the Trans-State Outdoor Advertising Company until his retirement in 1985. He was a trustee for South Texas Junior College and was an active member of the Vestry of Christ Church Cathedral since 1949. He presented the Robert P. Quin award on numerous occasions before his death on March 20, 2002.

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Scope and Contents

The Fred C. Alter papers contain correspondence, memorabilia, Rice notebooks, a personal scrapbook, photographs, and material related to the Robert P. Quin Award, relating to Alter, a Rice Institute almunus and World War II veteran.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

This material is open for research. Stored off-site at the Library Service Center. Please request this material via woodson@rice.edu or call 713-348-2586.

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish from the Fred C. Alter papers must be obtained from the Woodson Research Center, Rice University.

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Index Terms

memorabilia
photographs
scrapbooks
College students -- Texas
military records
awards
notes
World War (1939-1945)
Alter, Fred C.
Rice University

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation note

Fred C. Alter papers, 1924-2008, UA 335, Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University.

Acquisition

This collection was donated by Stephen G. Alter in 2013.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

Series I: Rice Related 1924-2008

Box Folder
1 1 Scrapbook 1924-1931
2 Campus-related Photographs 1932-1934
3 Robert P. Quin Award 1934-2008
4 English 100/200 1930-1931
5 American History 300 Fall 1932
6 English 420, Volume 1 Fall 1932
Box Folder
2 1 English 420, Volume 2 1933
2 Economics 330 1933-1934
3 Philosophy 300, Volume I 1933
4 Philosophy 300, Volume 2 1934
5 Philosophy 300, Volume 3 1934
6 Unspecified Class Notes 1 1934
7 Unspecified Class Notes 2 1934
Box
3 Slime Helmet 1930

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Series II: Career & World War II 1941-2002 1941-2002

Box Folder
2 8 Post-Rice Career 1941-1949
9 World War II Service 1941-1946
10 Obituary 2002

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