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Rice University Student Organizations records

Identifier: UA 0039
Finding aid note: Stored off-site at the Library Service Center. Please request this material via or call 713-348-2586.

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of records of thirteen different student organizations at Rice Institute. The dates of information differ from organization to organization, the earliest being 1938 and the latest, 1962. Financial records are the most common kind of information. For some of the organizations there are membership lists or members’ names in receipt book duplicates. Meeting minutes are included for some of the organizations, and some include their constitution and by-laws. Records of a few of the organizations include correspondence concerning speakers for meetings.


  • Creation: 1938 - 1962


Conditions Governing Access

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

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish material from the Student Organizations Records Collection must be facilitated through the Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library.

Biographical / Historical

The thirteen organizations whose records constitute this collection are as follows:

1) Rice Institute chapter of Alpha Phi Omega, a service fraternity made up of men devoted to the oath and laws of the Boy Scouts of America. Records included are from 1949 through 1956.

2) Rice Institute student chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers. Records included are from 1946-47 through 1958-59.

3) Rice Institute branch of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. Records included are from 1946-47 through 1961-62.

4) Rice Institute Class of 1961. Records range from Sept. 13, 1960 through May 20, 1962.

5) Rice Institute DeMolay Association. The records are from 1953 through 1956.

6) Rice Institute Engineering Society. The records range from 1946 through 1956.

7) Engineophytes. The records are from 1938 through 1941, when the organization became a chapter of Tau Beta Pi. The records of Tau Beta Pi, Gamma of Texas, from 1941 through 1962 are in a separate folder in this collection.

8) Forensic Society. Records are from 1953 through 1959.

9) Radio Club. Records are from 1946 through 1951.

10) Rice Institute Society of Chemical EDngineers (which became a chapter of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers in 1948). Records range from 1946 through 1957.

11) Sports Car Club. Records are from 1958 through 1960.

12) Tau Beta Pi, Gamma of Texas. This organization is a continuation of Engineophytes, for which there Is a separate folder in this collection. The Tau Beta Pi records range from 1940 through 1961.

13) Virginia Cleveland Literary Society. Records range from 1952 through 1959.


1.5 Linear Feet ( (3 boxes))

Language of Materials



This collection consists of the membership and activity records of thirteen Rice Institute student organizations. The earliest date from 1938, and the latest are from 1962.


Guide to the Rice University Student Organizations records, 1938-1962
Mary Tobin
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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