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Rice University Athletic Director Records (Bobby May)

Identifier: UA 0185
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 includes the files of former Athletic Director Bobby May. It includes paperwork, correspondence, and records pertaining to Rice University's Athletic Department between the years 1987 and 2005. The collection is divided into 9 series: Chronological, NCAA, WAC, Title IX, Barbara Tolar, Endowments, Marketing, the Wingenroth Lawsuit, and Reckling Park.


  • Creation: 1987 - 2005


Access Restrictions

Materials in Series VI: Endowments and Series VIII: Wingenroth lawsuit are restricted. Permission to view these materials must be obtained in writing from the Office of the Rice University Athletic Director. Other materials are open for research.

Conditions Governing Access

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

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish material from the Athletic Director Records (Bobby May 1987-2005) must be obtained from the Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library.

Biographical Sketch

John Robert "Bobby" May graduated from Rice University as a student athlete in 1965. He was the Athletic Director for Rice University from 1988 to 2006. During that period the Athletics Department brought home 26 conference championships, including the 2003 NCAA baseball championship. In 2002 Rice received the USA Today/NCAA Academic Achievement Award for maintaining the top student-athlete graduation rate in the nation. Prior to serving as the Athletic Director, May worked as an assistant coach, then head coach for the Men's Track team for 12 years. May retired in 2006.


44 Linear Feet ( (88 boxes))

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This collection contains former Athletic Director Bobby May's papers, including correspondence, paperwork, and records, from the years 1987 to 2005. It also contains information from his secretary, Barbara Tolar, and information pertaining to the NCAA, the WAC, Title IX, Endowments, Marketing, the Wingenroth Lawsuit, and Reckling Park.

Acquisition Information

Bobby May Athletics Records (53 cu. ft) were received October 23, 2007.

Related Materials

May, Bobby (Woodson Research Center Information File); Athletic Department (Woodson Research Center Information File)

Guide to the Rice University Athletic Director Records (Bobby May), 1987-2005
Lee Pecht
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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