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Guide to the Alfred J. Fletcher Papers, 1937-1968

Abstract

Resident of Raleigh, N.C.; lawyer, founder and president of Capitol Broadcasting Company; philanthropist and supporter of the arts, especially opera.

Business records and personal papers of Alfred E. Fletcher span the years 1937-1968, and document Fletcher's entrepreneurial activities in the broadcasting business, and his philanthropic activities, particularly in support of the arts in North Carolina, especially opera. Business and philanthropic records, personal correspondence, and other papers are filed together in alphabetical order by topic or name.

Descriptive Summary

Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University
Creator
Fletcher, A. J. (Alfred Johnston), 1887-1979.
Title
Alfred J. Fletcher papers 1937-1968
Language of Material
English
Extent
10.0 Linear Feet, Approximately 7500 Items
Location
For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.

Collection Overview

Business records and personal papers of Alfred E. Fletcher span the years 1937-1968, and document Fletcher's entrepreneurial activities in the broadcasting business, and his philanthropic activities, particularly in support of the arts in North Carolina, especially opera. Business and philanthropic records, personal correspondence, and other papers are filed together in alphabetical order by topic or name. Boxes 14-15 contain many files documenting Fletcher's long-standing support of opera. In addition, boxes 7-8 contain files concerning the Fletcher family, including a biography of a missionary in the North Carolina mountains, possibly his grandfather.

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Contents of the Collection

A-Ap
Box 1
Ap-Bi
Box 2
Bills
Box 3
Bl-Bu
Box 4
C-D
Box 5
E-Fed
Box 6
Fed-Fletcher, A. J.
Box 7
Fletcher, Frank V.-Fletcher, James
Box 8
Fo-Hu
Box 9
I-La
Box 10
La-Me
Box 11
Mi-Mu
Box 12
N-No
Box 13
No-Op
Box 14
Op-Pe
Box 15
Po-R
Box 16
S-Wa
Box 17
Wb-Z
Box 18
Montlawn Memorial Park
Box 19

Historical Note

Born in the Western N.C. mountains to a Baptist minister and his wife, seventh of fourteen children. Earned his law degree at Wake Forest. Opened law practice in Fuquay-Varina, N.C., and later founded Capitol Broadcasting Company in Raleigh, N.C. During the late 1940's he gathered support for and established the Grass Roots Opera company to take opera to rural areas, to introduce young people to opera, and give young singers professional experience. As the company grew and began to tour in other parts of the United States, the name was changed from "Grassroots Opera" to "National Opera Company". Fletcher died in 1979. After his death, the Alfred J. Fletcher Foundation continued supporting the arts, particularly music in educational institutions.

Subject Headings

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Alfred J. Fletcher Papers, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University

Provenance

The Alfred J. Fletcher Papers were purchased by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library in 1974.

Processing Information

Processed by Rubenstein Library Staff, November 2007

Encoded by Robert Carlson and Paula Jeannet Mangiafico, August 2009

Accession from 1974 is described in this finding aid.

Descriptive sources and standards used to create this inventory: DACS, EAD, NCEAD guidelines, and local Style Guide.

This finding aid is NCEAD compliant.