The collection includes college rosters, correspondence files, handbooks, diet minutes, committee records, fellows records, roommate questionnaires and more created and maintained by masters of Will Rice College. Dates range from 1956-2006.
Some materials are restricted due to the sensitive information contained therein. Each restricted folder is labeled. Access to these records requires written permission from the Office of the Dean of Undergraduates. Contact Woodson staff for instructions. Materials will be restricted until 2064.
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Historical Sketch of Will Rice College
Will Rice College is named for William M. Rice, Jr., the nephew and namesake of the founder, a Houston businessman, and trustee of the Institute from 1899 until his death in 1944. Rice was the chairman of the board of trustees from 1941 until 1944. Will Rice College includes South Hall, the first dormitory built at Rice. It was part of Residential Group Number One until this was partitioned when the residential college system was adopted.
Will Rice was opened in 1912 and became one of the men's colleges in 1957. It went co-ed in 1977.
Excerpted from Rice University, An Architectural Tour by Stephen Fox
The Original Role of the College Masters
As codified by the Committee on Student Housing in the 1950s, each residential college has a master, often a husband and wife team. The college masters "would be the primary ones responsible for achieving the goals of social concern and intellectual curiosity. It was therefore important to choose the masters with great care; the committee recommended that they be chosen from the ranks of full professors. Although the committee originally thought that masters, faculty fellows, and student officers would handle disciplinary matters, the final report emphasized that masters were not to be thought of as disciplinarians. . . The master retained overall responsibility for student life in his college, but his main duties were to counsel students, provide an example, and advise student committees.
Excerpted from A History of Rice University: The Institute Years, 1907-1963, by Fredericka Meiners, pg. 180.
Rosters, correspondence files, handbooks, diet minutes, committee records, fellows records, roommate questionnaires and more created and maintained by masters of Will Rice College. Will Rice was opened in 1912 and became one of the men's colleges in 1957. It went co-ed in 1977.
See Rice University Archives for records of Will Rice College and of other Rice University residential colleges. Contact Woodson Research Center staff for assistance.
Finding aid prepared by Lee Pecht in 2000. Updated by Norie Guthrie in 2014.
Fondren Library MS-44, Rice University 6100 Main St.
Will Rice College Masters' Records, 1956-2006, UA 078, Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University http://archives.library.rice.edu/repositories/2/resources/635 Accessed October 01, 2023.