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Rice University diplomas collection

Identifier: UA 0243
Finding aid note: Stored off-site at the Library Service Center. Please request this material via or call 713-348-2586.

Scope and Contents

This collection consists exclusively of diploma proofs and diplomas that were awarded to named recipients. There are fourteen of the former and fifty-five of the latter. The years represented are 1916 through 1961, nearly without interruption. There is at least one example of each of the five degrees granted by Rice, B.A., B.S., M.A., M.S., and Ph.D.


  • Creation: 1916 - 1988


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 Rice University Diplomas must be obtained from the Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library.

Biographical / Historical

1916 is the first year that Rice University awarded degrees, and there are five diplomas from that first class in the collection. Subsequent years are represented nearly consecutively, including the two commencement ceremonies held in 1944 to accommodate students who served in World War II. A Ph.D. was awarded as early as 1918 (to Hubert Bray in mathematics), at least the earliest documented by this collection.


4 Linear Feet (2 boxes)

Language of Materials



The collection consists of fourteen diploma proofs and fifty-five diplomas with recipients named. Five different degrees awarded by Rice are represented: Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Master of Arts, Master of Science, and Doctor of Philosophy.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The items in this collection were donated by the diploma recipients or their family members.

Guide to the Rice University diplomas collection, 1916-1988
Mary Tobin, Amanda Focke
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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