Rice University
Rice University 100 Years 1912-2012
Suggested Reading Please explore this list of books, papers, and journals to learn more about Rice's history and contributions to the local and global communities.
Centennial Books
Rice University: One Hundred Years in Pictures (2012)
by Karen H. Rogers, Lee Pecht, and Alan H. Bath; Introduction by John B. Boles
Rice University: One Hundred Years in Pictures (2012)
by Karen H. Rogers, Lee Pecht, and Alan H. Bath; Introduction by John B. Boles
“From its founding, Rice University has been an institution devoted to making a strong impact on the world,” according to current president David Leebron. Nestled near Houston’s cultural heart, Rice University is characterized by seriousness of purpose as well as by such quirky traditions as the MOB (Marching Owl Band). In Rice University: One Hundred Years in Pictures, more than 300 photographs tell the story of a century of student life, a world-famous faculty, and news-making events. Distinguished by its dignified architecture and stately grounds, respected for its intellectual depth and international reputation, and loved by its alumni for the community fostered by residential colleges, moderate size, and diverse campus organizations, Rice University celebrates its centennial in 2012. This collection of unique images, artfully supplemented by brief narrative, explanatory captions, and carefully chosen text sidebars, presents vignettes of significant episodes, characters, and events. A splendid commemoration of one hundred years of distinguished academics, groundbreaking research, and the spirited students and faculty who have made this institution unique among American universities, Rice University: One Hundred Years in Pictures pays fitting tribute to an eminent citadel of learning and the people who have made it great. KAREN HESS ROGERS (Rice ‘68) founded the Rice Historical Society in 1995 and has directed and spearheaded the Society’s book publishing program as well as that of its quarterly newsletter, The Cornerstone. LEE PECHT is Rice University archivist and director of the Woodson Research Center for special collections at Fondren Library. ALAN HARRIS BATH holds a PhD in history from Rice University. He is the author of Tracking the Axis Enemy (1998) and is a former book review editor for Naval Intelligence Professionals Quarterly.
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HIWI: Rice (2012)
by Edited by ttweak
HIWI: Rice (2012)
by Edited by ttweak
ttweak and Houston. It's Worth It. is proud to announce its third book, HIWI: Rice, published in honor of Rice University's centennial. HIWI:Rice is part love letter, part roast, and part remembrance of this venerable institution's lively presence in our city. Like HIWI's other books, HIWI:Rice is a crowd-sourced publication comprised of stories and photographs submitted by current and former Rice students as well as Houstonians who didn't attend Rice. Beloved Rice institutions such as Valhalla, Beer Bike, O Week and others are memorialized as well as some of the more private pursuits that students have engaged in over the course of a century. "We didn't know what kind of submissions we'd get," says David Thompson, co-founder of Houston. It's Worth It., ttweak, and a 1986 Will Rice graduate, "but we were pleasantly surprised. The stories and photographs we received exhibit beauty, conflict, humor, emotion, love, and, Thank God, some sentiments that one can't really define." The book will be published and available for purchase in September, 2012.
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A University So Conceived: A Brief History of Rice University, fourth edition (2012)
by John B. Boles
A University So Conceived: A Brief History of Rice University, fourth edition (2012)
by John B. Boles
What was once Rice's smallest history book just got bigger in more ways than one. The book, A University So Conceived: A Brief History of Rice University (Rice University, 2012), by John B. Boles, the William Pettus Hobby Professor of History at Rice University and the university's unofficial historian, has just been issued in its fourth edition. First published in 1992 in a small format, the book gives a concise history of Rice and touches on many of the elements that not only make it a great university but that also confer its unique character. A revised and updated edition was issued in 1997 and another in 2006. The fourth edition is larger in size than its predecessors and is the most current, taking the history up to the present. Included are many historical photos, information on the university's presidents, a list of board members and enrollment figures. One feature of the previous editions that also finds expansion here is a decade-by-decade series of maps of the campus that shows how it has developed over the years. The new edition also includes an index for handy reference. This new Centennial edition has considerably more photographs than earlier editions, and the text is revised throughout, not just updated. This book is on sale at the Rice University Bookstore. You may also order by calling 713-348-2090 ext. 2039.
Rice's Owls (2011)
by Robert Flatt
Rice's Owls (2011)
by Robert Flatt
A photographic chronicle of the daily life of a family of owls who took up residence on the Rice campus in 2010 has become a unique holiday gift opportunity that will also benefit the student-athletes at Rice University. "Rice's Owls", a compilation of Robert Flatt's photos, is now on sale online and through the Rice Athletic Ticket Office at Tudor Fieldhouse, with all proceeds benefiting the Owl Club, which supports the overall goals for the Rice University Athletic Department by generating the funds for scholarships for our student-athletes in 16 varsity sports. A unique photographic study of a family of great horned owls who first took up residence behind Huff House on campus in the spring of 2010, "Rice's Owls" is truly a gift from Flatt to the entire Rice community. "Photographing the great horned owl family raise their two babies on the Rice University campus in the spring of 2010 was a labor of love for me and a uniquely spiritual experience "Flatt said. "I wanted the whole Rice University community- students, faculty, alumni, staff (especially the groundskeepers) and friends of Rice to share this experience. Hence I wrote this book. A long-time donor to Rice Athletics, Flatt saw this publication as an exciting way to generate additional support. "I think it fitting that the proceeds go to athletics-1st for the joy I get from watching our true student-athletes compete against much larger schools around the nation. But it is also fitting because of how Sammy got his name. You'll have to read the book to find out how that happened," he added. Flatt enjoyed a 31-year career in business at Cameron International, with a bachelor's and master's degree in Electrical Engineering from Rice and an MBA from Harvard. He went on disability retirement from Cameron in 2004, but continues to teach Leading Change in Operations at the Jones School as an adjunct professor of management.
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William Marsh Rice and His Institute: The Centennial Edition (2012)
by Edited by Randal L. Hall, First edition by Sylvia S. Morris and Andrew F. Muir
William Marsh Rice and His Institute: The Centennial Edition (2012)
by Edited by Randal L. Hall, First edition by Sylvia S. Morris and Andrew F. Muir
In 1891 William Marsh Rice made a generous bequest in order to found the distinguished Houston institution that bears his name. Ironically, this very bequest helped to bring about his murder, an act of treachery perpetrated by a conniving attorney and Rice’s naïve, malleable manservant. This captivating tale—full of intrigue, legal twists and turns, and sensational revelations—an important part of the full biography of Rice himself, received its first careful historical investigation by Andrew Forest Muir, a longtime professor of history at Rice University who, beginning in 1957, performed the fundamental research that forms the basis for this biography. At the time of Muir’s death in 1969, the work remained incomplete. Subsequently, at the request of the Rice Historical Society, Sylvia Stallings Morris shaped the fruits of Muir’s labor into the first edition of this book, which was published in 1972. The new edition of William Marsh Rice and His Institute, edited by Randal L. Hall, returns this fine biography to print in connection with the celebration of the centennial of the opening of Rice University. Incorporating new and important sources unearthed since the publication of the original book, this revised edition retains all the flavor and meticulous care of the earlier work, especially the “finely crafted storytelling of Sylvia Stallings Morris Lowe and Andrew Forest Muir,” as characterized by Hall. Rice University students, faculty, staff, and alumni; scholars and students of Houston, Texas, and regional history; and those interested in the history of American higher education will all welcome William Marsh Rice and His Institute: The Centennial Edition. RANDAL L. HALL, adjunct associate professor of history at Rice University, serves as managing editor of the Journal of Southern History. His PhD was earned at Rice University.
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Architecture
A Walking Tour of Rice University (1990)
by James C. Morehead
A Walking Tour of Rice University (1990)
by James C. Morehead
This work, dedicated to William Ward Watkin, draws attention to interesting details in stone, metal, brick, and clay designs in campus architecture.
Rice University: The Campus Guide (Architectural Tour) (2001)
by Stephen Fox
Rice University: The Campus Guide (Architectural Tour) (2001)
by Stephen Fox
An insider's tour of Rice University in full color with stories behind the buildings, gardens, and works of public art.
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The General Plan of the William M. Rice Institute and its Architectural Development (1980)
by Stephen Fox
The General Plan of the William M. Rice Institute and its Architectural Development (1980)
by Stephen Fox
An outgrowth of an exhibit held at the Sewall Gallery of Rice University in 1977, this work showcases monographs capturing the architectural development of the institution.
Everything Must Move (2009)
by Lerup, Pope, Kwinter, Fox, and Cook
Everything Must Move (2009)
by Lerup, Pope, Kwinter, Fox, and Cook
Spanning 15 years of propositions for suburban cities, particularly Houston, from the Rice School of Architecture. Everything Must Move is a book documenting over a decade of propositions about the suburban city in general, and Houston in particular. This city-- shapeless, polluted, traffic-clogged, water-logged, limitless--has been a workshop for testing ideas about operating in impossible situations. Everything Must Move is, in many ways, an archival project, however through the infusion of this archival material with new perspectives and projections the project remains poly-vocal, diverse, and open.This new material presented mainly in the form of short essays, written in response to the projects, photographs, and research that form the backbone of the the project that Rice School of Architecture, under the direction of dean Lars Lerup, has undertaken in the last 15 years.
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Louis Kahn: Conversations With Students (1998)
by Architecture at Rice
Louis Kahn: Conversations With Students (1998)
by Architecture at Rice
Louis Kahn is one of the most renowned practitioners of international modernism, on a par with Le Corbusier and Mies van der Rohe in the extent of his influence on subsequent generations of architects. Kahn sought the spiritual in his powerful forms, and encouraged his students to seek the essential nature of architecture. Conversations with Students contains a little-known essay by Kahn on his sources of inspiration, an interview with the architect on his working methods and his vision for the future of the profession, and writings on Kahn by Michael Bell and Lars Lerup.
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President Inaugurations
The Inauguration of David Leebron: The Beginning of His Presidency of Rice University (2006)
by Rice University
The Inauguration of David Leebron: The Beginning of His Presidency of Rice University (2006)
by Rice University
David W. Leebron has served as the university's seventh president since 2004.
The Inauguration of Malcolm Gillis (1994)
by Rice University
The Inauguration of Malcolm Gillis (1994)
by Rice University
S. Malcolm Gillis served as the university's sixth president from 1993 to 2004.
The Inauguration of George Rupp (1986)
by Rice University
The Inauguration of George Rupp (1986)
by Rice University
George E. Rupp served as the university's fifth president from 1985 to 1993.
The Inauguration of Norman Hackerman (1972)
by Rice University
The Inauguration of Norman Hackerman (1972)
by Rice University
Norman Hackerman served as the university's fourth president from 1970 to 1985.
The Inauguration of Kenneth Pitzer (1962)
by Rice University
The Inauguration of Kenneth Pitzer (1962)
by Rice University
Kenneth S. Pitzer served as the university's third president from 1961 to 1968.
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University
A History of Rice University: The Institute Years, 1907-1963 (1982)
by Fredericka Meiners
A History of Rice University: The Institute Years, 1907-1963 (1982)
by Fredericka Meiners
This work captures the story of the Institute era of Rice University in its planning and inspiration and through the Great War, the Depression, the 1940s, institutional growth, and the Semicentennial.
Desegregating Private Higher Education in the South (2008)
by Melissa Kean
Desegregating Private Higher Education in the South (2008)
by Melissa Kean
This book presents light on an unexamined facet of the civil rights movement - the academy. It takes the reader through the story of how leaders at five prestigious southern universities - Duke, Emory, Rice, Tulane, Vanderbilt - sought to both strengthen national reputation and simulataneously answer to pressures to ending segregation. Melissa Kean is currently the Centennial Historian at Rice University.
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Memorial service for Edgar Odell Lovett (1871-1957) (1957)
by William V. Houston
Memorial service for Edgar Odell Lovett (1871-1957) (1957)
by William V. Houston
Script of the memorial service which took place on the afternoon of Sunday, September 29, 1957 in the Fondren Library of the Rice Institute.
Rice University and the 1990 Economic Summit of Industrialized Nations (1991)
by John B. Boles
Rice University and the 1990 Economic Summit of Industrialized Nations (1991)
by John B. Boles
Event planning documents, correspondence, notes, drafts, memos, press releases, newsclippings, photographs and memorabilia created and maintained by Rice University in support of the 1990 Economic Summit of Industrialized Nations, hosted by Rice University.
The Book of the Opening of the Rice Institute, Vol. 1 (1912)
by Rice University
The Book of the Opening of the Rice Institute, Vol. 1 (1912)
by Rice University
An account of the academic festival held in celebration of the formal opening of the Rice Institute.
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Athletics
Rice Owls Football 2008 (2008)
by Tommy LaVergne
Rice Owls Football 2008 (2008)
by Tommy LaVergne
"A Season to Remember"
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Rice University “Champions” (2007)
by Rice Athletics
Rice University “Champions” (2007)
by Rice Athletics
Rice University Athletics has produced its first Rice Champions book, which recognizes the outstanding accomplishments of the school's former student-athletes. The amazing stories of their continued success are meant to convey to alumni, faculty, friends, and future students the excellence achieved by Owl alumni.
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Saturday's Children (1973)
by Giles Tippette
Saturday's Children (1973)
by Giles Tippette
An insider's perspective of Rice's 1971 football season.
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RICE THRESHER ARCHIVE
Fondren Library has digitized back issues of The Rice Thresher from 1958-1967 and made them available online in Rice's digital repository:

View the Thresher archives at scholarship.rice.edu

The late 1950s and through the mid-1960s represent a vibrant period of time on the Rice campus. The residential college system as we know it now had just taken shape, and graduate research increased significantly. Rice Institute changed its charter to admit students without regard to race or color and to enable charging tuition for the first time, which in turn made it possible to secure research grants and other key funding. The curriculum was expanded from its science and engineering focus to include more humanities subjects. Rayzor Hall and Anderson Hall graced the academic quad. Two U.S. Presidents spoke at Rice; in 1960, Dwight D. Eisenhower gave a non-political speech and in 1962, John F. Kennedy spoke in the Rice Stadium on the space race.

Since 1916, The Rice Thresher has been the official student newspaper of Rice University. It is published every Friday during the school year, except during examination periods and holidays. The Rice Thresher provides online access to current issues as well as a partial archive of issues from the 1990s and 2000s:

Visit ricethresher.org