University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the W. W. Fontaine Papers, 1658-1916

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Fontaine, W. W.
Title: Fontaine, W. W. Papers
Dates: 1658-1916
Abstract: William Winston Fontaine (1834-?) was a school administrator and founder as well as a colonel in the Richmond Artillery during the Civil War. Correspondence, diaries, literary productions, notebooks, account papers, legal documents, and newspaper clippings of Fontaine and the Fontaine family concern genealogical research, family affairs, and schools and colleges.
Extent: 2 ft., 4 in.
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Sketch

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," (accessed May 20, 2010).

Scope and Contents

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.


Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use.

Use Restrictions

Unrestricted use.

Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Fontaine, William Winston--Archives.
Bryan, Guy M. (Guy Morrison), 1821-1901
Bryan, Moses Austin, 1817-1895
Floyd, John B. (John Buchanan), 1806-1863
Bowie, James, d. 1836
Henry family
Fontaine family
Fontaine, Lansing B.
Fontaine, W. Sortsworth
Santa Anna, Antonio López de, 1794?-1876
Subjects (Organizations)
University of Virginia
University of Texas
Summerville Academy
Centerville Academy
Mary Sharp College
Robertson Colony
Education--United States
Politics--United States
Religion--United States
School management and organization--United States
Austin (Tex.)
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865
Alamo (San Antonio, Tex.)--Siege, 1836
United States--Genealogy

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

W. W. Fontaine Papers, 1658-1916, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

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



2D148 Notebooks
2D149 Notes from lectures
Essays undated
Literary efforts
Minutes, resolution, 1874
2D150 Letters
Grade books
Sermon undated
Journal kept at Mary Sharp College, Tennessee, 1854-1859
Printed material
2D151 Correspondence, 1852-1911, undated
Regarding James Bowie, 1836
Account papers, undated
Lega documents
Memorandum notes, undated
2D152 Account books
2D153 Letters, 1908
Scrapbooks, [ca. 1866], 1872-1897
Newspaper clippings