The collection consists of 22 boxes of Provost’s Office records dating from physicist Dr. Neal Lane’s tenure (1986-93). They reveal the daily business of the Provost's Office, which has the overall responsibility for the institution's educational and research programs. The Provost's Office is home to many interdepartmental initiatives and institutes, which fosters collaboration and innovative partnerships among faculty across disciplinary lines. These files share a similar file structure as that of the President's Office records.
The On Campus files (Series I and II) contain correspondence and documents pertaining to the academic and non-academic departments of the university such as the library, continuing studies, graduate office as well as correspondence relating to computing and ICSA. Also included are files relating to the Space Facilities Planning Board, Office of Sponsored Research, as well as faculty teaching evaluations and files from various campus organizations. Off Campus files (Series III) relate to university relationships with non-Rice groups and organizations.
Conditions Governing Access
Stored off-site at the Library Service Center. Please request this material via firstname.lastname@example.org or call 713-348-2586.
Permission to access these records must be obtained from the Provost’s Office. Form to request permission may be obtained from the Woodson Research Center.
Permission to use the records in four designated restricted boxes (19-22) must be obtained from the President’s office. Form to request permission may be obtained from the Woodson Research Center.
Permission to publish these records must be obtained from the Provost’s Office. Instructions requesting permission may be obtained from the Woodson Research Center.
Biographical / Historical
Neal Lane served as Provost of Rice University from 1986-1993. He joined the Rice Physics Department in 1966 and was made full professor in 1972. He was made chairman of the department in 1977. While chair, Lane spent 1979-80 serving as director of the division of physics at the NSF. He left Rice in 1984 to become Chancellor of the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. He then returned to Rice to take on the job pf Provost.
In 1993, Lane was nominated by President Clinton as Director of the NSF and in 1998, he was nominated by President Clinton to be his new presidential science and technology advisor.
Dr. Lane, assistant to the president of the United States for science and technology, director of the U.S. Office of Science and Technology Policy, and former director of the national Science Foundation, rejoined the faculty at Rice University in Spring 2001.
Lane, a specialist in atomic physics, earned his undergraduate and graduate degrees, including his Ph.D., from the University of Oklahoma in the early 1960’s.
These records reflect the daily business of the Provost's Office under physicist Dr. Neal Lane’s leadership (1986-93). They reveal the daily business of the Provost's Office, which has the overall responsibility for the institution's educational and research programs.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Records were received from the Provost's Office in 6/1990, 7/1992, and in 1996. Most files were intermingled records from various Provosts between 1970 and 1993. Additional records were received received August 1994 and included four boxes which may only be opened with permission of the President. Some few records were included with boxes sent Aug. 25, 1989 for Provost Vandiver.
Information folder for Neal Lane, WRC
Records for Provost Dr. W.E. Gordon (1980-1985) and for Provost Dr. David Auston who followed Dr. Lane as Provost.
Note to researcher:
Folders labeled "VP Hayes, Ed" contain correspondence on many subjects not reflected by the name of the folder.