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James Castañeda Rice University sports-related records

Identifier: UA 0365
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 of material gathered by James Castañada over forty-seven years of involvement with athletics at Rice University. The sports represented are baseball, basketball, bowling, football, golf, swimming, tennis, track and field, and volleyball. There is also information on club sports and intramurals.

Financial information relates to a Fund Council in 1996, a capital campaign in 2007, and budgets for certain “R” Association activities, for the Owl Club (donors supporting Rice athletics), and for the Golf Team Booster Club, including awardees of golf scholarships.

There are records of participants in Rice varsity athletics and awards of varsity letters covering the years 1929 through 2005. Additional information about the “R” Association is included, as are profiles of Owl Club members in 1998-1999. Other groups represented by materials in the collection are the Rice University Athletics Committee and the Student Athletic Committee. The 2008 Department of Intercollegiate Athletics report, “Update on the Strategic Planning Process” is also included.


  • Creation: 1929 - 2007

Conditions Governing Access

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

Conditions Governing Access

This material is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish from this material must be facilitated through the Woodson Research Center.

Biographical / Historical

James A. Castañeda came to Rice University in 1961 with a dual appointment as professor and coach, his responsibilities as assistant professor of Spanish being dominant. In his forty-seven years on the faculty, he rose to become first, full professor in 1967, and then chairman of the Department of Classics, Italian, Spanish, and Portuguese. His first coaching position was as head freshman and assistant varsity baseball coach. In 1983 he became Rice’s golf coach, which he continued to be until 1998.

Castañeda was also very active in committee work related to athletics. He was Rice’s N.C.A.A. faculty representative for 28 years. In 2002, and perhaps close to his death in 2008, he was serving on the Western Athletic Conference’s Executive Committee and on the N.C.A.A. as chair of the Academics Eligibility Compliance Cabinet and chairman of the Initial Eligibility Committee.


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This collection is comprised of materials gathered by Dr. James Castañeda over forty-seven years of involvement with athletics at Rice University. There are records pertaining to the two sports he coached, baseball and golf, as well as the full range of sports partici- pated in by Rice students. Also included are materials relating to both the “R” Association, which is made up of winners of varsity letters, the Owl Club, whose members are donors supporting Rice athletics, and the Student Athletic Committee.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Transferred from the Athletics Department, summer of 2015

Guide to the James Castañeda Rice University sports-related records, 1929-2007
Lee Pecht and 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