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Neal Lane papers

Identifier: MS 0502
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 news clips, agendas, notes, memos, reports, Rice University course lecture notes and grade books, research notes, etc., from Lane's work at Rice University, the National Science Foundation, and the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.


  • Creation: circa 1964-2015

Restrictions on Access

This material is restricted due to privacy concerns, until 2037. For questions, please contact the director of the Woodson Research Center.

Conditions Governing Access

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

Restrictions on Use

Permission to publish from the Neal Lane papers, circa 1964-2015 must be obtained from the Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University.

Biographical Sketch

Neal F. Lane is Senior Fellow in Science and Technology Policy at the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy, and is the Malcolm Gillis University Professor at Rice University and professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy. Among his many honors, Dr. Lane received the 2013 Vannevar Bush Award from the National Science Board for his service to the nation in science, technology, and public policy. Lane served in the federal government as assistant to the president for science and technology and director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), from August 1998 to January 2001, and as director of the National Science Foundation (NSF) and member (ex officio) of the National Science Board, from October 1993 to August 1998. Before his post with NSF, Lane was provost and professor of physics at Rice University in Houston, a position he had held since 1986. He first came to Rice in 1966, when he joined the department of physics as an assistant professor. In 1972, he became professor of physics and space physics and astronomy. He left Rice from mid-1984 to 1986 to serve as chancellor of the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. In addition, from 1979 to 1980, while on leave from Rice, he worked at the NSF as director of the Division of Physics. Lane received his PhD, MS, and BS in physics from the University of Oklahoma.


145 Linear Feet (105 boxes)

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Professional papers of Dr. Neal Lane from Lane's time as a professor and administrator at Rice University, as well as his time as Director of the National Science Foundation. Also included are papers from Lane's time in the White House working as the director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy.


This collection is arranged in the following series:


  1. Series I: News clippings, reports, and press releases, 1998-2001 (Boxes 1-12)
  2. Series II: Cabinet Files, 1998-2001 (Boxes 13-45)
  3. Series III: OSTP, NSF, Rice, other subject files, 1964-2000 (Boxes 46-88)
  4. Series IV: Audio/Visual, 1984-2002 (Box 89)
  5. Series V: Baker Institute for Public Policy, work on outside boards, 2000-2011 (Boxes 90-91)
  6. Series VI: Science & Technology (S & T) Conference, 2003 (Boxes 91-92)
  7. Series VII: Presentations and lectures, 1993-2010 (Boxes 92-103)

Acquisition information

Materials were donated by Neal Lane in 2003, 2004, and 2012.

Guide to the Neal Lane papers, 1964-2015, MS 502
Lisa Moellering
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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