The collection consists of notes, correspondence, and minutes drawn from several sources, primarily President Pitzer’s Papers, Acting President Vandiver and President Hackerman’s Papers. Some were from an unknown source, perhaps the early committee chairmen. There was no cohesive structure to the files and so they were interfiled chronologically. This method shows, in most cases, issues brought before the committee and the process of their resolution from start to finish.
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Biographical / Historical
The University Welfare Committee, elected in October 1962 by the faculty, met for the first time Nov. 26, 1962. President Pitzer had asked for this committee to consider all matters not dealt with by other committees. Topics were to be initiated within or outside the committee. The members would then examine and criticize issues brought before them and report their findings to President Pitzer and the faculty. The committee functioned somewhat as a grievance committee and dealt with a diverse number of matters over the years which ranged from inadequate lighting on campus, faculty pension plans and tenure, to student-faculty-administration relationships. It was out of the latter issue that in May 1971 a University Council was formed with representatives from the student body, the faculty, and the administration. It functioned as the primary adviser to the president on policy decisions and matters affecting the operation of the University. At the same time a Faculty Council was formed, constituted partly by faculty members of the University Council. The Faculty Council assumed all the duties of the Committee on University Welfare, which disbanded in 1971. (J. McDermott, 5/5/82)
The collection consists of the notes, correspondence, and minutes of the Committee on University Welfare, formed in 1961. It served as a grievance committee until 1971 when the committee disbanded and its functions were taken over by the newly organized Faculty Council and the University Council.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Transfered May, 1982 from Rice University Presidents' Papers (Pitzer, Hackerman)
Fondren Library MS-44, Rice University 6100 Main St.
Rice University Committee on Welfare Records, 1961-1972, MS 177, Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University https://archives.library.rice.edu/repositories/2/resources/733 Accessed December 02, 2023.