A Guide to the W. W. Fontaine Papers, 1658-1916
William Winston Fontaine (1834-?), a great-grandson of Patrick Henry, was a school founder and administrator. During the Civil War Fontaine served as a colonel in the Richmond Artillery and participated in military engagements such as the Battle of Seven Pines and the Battle of Richmond. In 1864 he was captured scouting behind enemy lines and, in June of 1865, was released on parole. The family plantation, Fontainebleau, was destroyed during the war.
Fontaine moved to Fredericksburg, Virginia, and founded the Spotswood Female Institute after the war, then moved to Texas in 1870. He taught at Port Sullivan College in Milam County, Texas. During his presidency of Baylor Female Institute (1871-1875), he organized the Texas Female Institute at Austin. While directing a boarding school for girls in Louisville, Kentucky (1880-1886) he founded William Carey Crane College, at Independence, Texas, where he taught until 1889.
Source: Handbook of Texas Online, s.v. "Fontaine, William Winston," http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/FF/ffo6.html (accessed May 20, 2010).
The W. W. Fontaine Papers include correspondence (1658-1911), diaries, literary productions, notebooks, account papers, legal documents, and newspaper clippings of W. W. Fontaine and the Fontaine family. The collection contains genealogical research as well as letters about family affairs in England, Virginia, and Texas, the American Revolution, the restoration of Charles II, and the Battle of the Alamo. The collection also includes account papers concerning schools and colleges with which W.W. Fontaine was associated; as well as notebooks relating to academic subjects and class notes taken at the University of Virginia, The University of Texas, Summerville Academy, Centerville Academy, and other schools. Additionally, the papers include essays and poems, articles on the Bowie family, and addresses by W. W. Fontaine.
This collection is open for research use.
W. W. Fontaine Papers, 1658-1916, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.
Basic processing and cataloging of this collection was supported with funds from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) for the Briscoe Center’s History Revealed: Bringing Collections to Light project, 2009-2011.
Detailed Description of the Papers