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Shirley Wetzel archaeology notes on Nottingham

Identifier: MS 0849
Finding aid note: Stored offsite at the Library Service Center and require 24-hour notice for retrieval. Please contact the Woodson Research Center at 713-348-2586 or for more information.

Scope and Contents

The Shirley Wetzel archaeology notes on Nottingham include correspondence, field notes, newsletters, articles, maps, presentation slides, and printed digital images stored on a CD depicting Shirley Wetzel and the research and findings from her project on Nottingham. The materials are in good condition, and range in date from 1968 to 2007. Researchers interested in archaeological research at Rice or the methods used to date and gain insight into archaeological finds would find this collection insightful.


  • 1968 - 2007

Conditions Governing Access

This material is open for research.

Stored offsite at the Library Service Center and require 24-hour notice for retrieval. Please contact the Woodson Research Center at 713-348-2586 or for more information.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish material from the Shirley Wetzel archaeology notes on Nottingham must be obtained from the Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library.

The Woodson Research Center use policy is that researchers assume sole responsibility for any infringement of privacy, literary rights, copyrights, or other rights arising from their use of the archival materials. In addition to any restrictions placed by donors, certain kinds of archival materials are restricted for the life of the creator plus 50 years. These materials include, but are not limited to, student grades, transcripts, and any job applications or recommendations.

Biographical / Historical

Born, on September 11, 1946, in Comanche, Texas, Shirley Wetzel spent much of her youth travelling around the United States with her mother and sister to accommodate her father’s career in the Navy. When he retired, the family settled in Texas, where Shirley graduated from South Oak Cliff High School before attending two years at Navarro College, then finishing her B.A. in Psychology at Texas Tech.

In September of 1967, Shirley married Don Alan Wetzel and spent the next two years working at Goodwill Industries and the Waco V.A. Hospital to help put Don through law school at Baylor University. In February of 1970 Don joined the Army Judge Advocate General Corps, and the family moved to Fort Eustis, Virginia, and had their first son, Christopher Baylor Wetzel. The couple’s second son, Jeffrey Alan, was born in Bangkok, Thailand, where the family spent several years before settling in Houston in June of 1974. Don clerked for a federal judge, joined Baker Botts Law Firm for a short while, and worked for other firms and for himself, while Shirley started graduate school in the Anthropology Dept. of Rice University.

During her time as an anthropology student at Rice, Shirley worked under Frank Hole and with Texas Anderson doing primary archaeological and historical research on the 1890 Nottingham Lace Factory site (41GV71) in Galveston Island. Her research (Wetzel 1980), along with that of Texas Anderson (1980), produced a detailed history of the short-lived factory. They also found archival evidence that the developers platted the community of Nottingham around the factory.

Shirley and Don separated amicably, and Shirley left her Ph.D to pursue a different track, moving up from her temporary job as a student worker in Fondren Library at Rice to a staff position, and later supplementing her work with a degree in Library and Information Science. Shirley continued her work as a librarian at Rice University for over 25 years, writing and publishing several essays and historical stories in her free time.


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The Shirley Wetzel archaeology notes on Nottingham include both primary sources from Wetzel’s work on the 1890 Nottingham Lace Factory site, sources used in identifying archaeological finds, press surrounding the discoveries she made, and materials from her presentation of the work in 2007, such as maps and powerpoint slides.


The materials are arranged chronologically in one series as follows:

Series I: Nottingham materials

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Shirley Wetzel donated the materials in March of 2019.
Guide to the Shirley Wetzel archaeology notes on Nottingham, 1968-2007
Gabby Parker
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Repository Details

Part of the Woodson Research Center, Rice University, Houston, Texas Repository

Fondren Library MS-44, Rice University
6100 Main St.
Houston Texas 77005 USA