Woodson Research Center, Rice University

Guide to the Rice University Margarett Root Brown College Records, 1965-2012 UA 074



creator Rice University. Margarett Root Brown College.
Title: Rice University Margarett Root Brown College Records
Dates: 1965-2012
Abstract: Correspondence, newsclippings, obituaries, minutes, freshman materials, publications, governmental and budget documents as well as other information relating to the general operation of Brown College. There are also files on the Brown students such as lists of members and room assignments. Brown College was dedicated on October 3, 1965 and was filled primarily by women who had volunteered to leave Jones College, then the only women's college, to start a new college.
Identification: UA 074
Quantity: 10.5 linear ft. (20 boxes)
Language:
Repository: Woodson Research Center

Historical Sketch

In 1963 Jones was the only women's college at Rice, and there was such a severe housing shortage that some Rice women were being housed in another university's dorms. In October of that year, George R. Brown and his wife Alice Pratt Brown donated one million dollars through the Brown Foundation to build a new dorm for women at Rice. The new college was established in memory of their sister-in-law, Margarett Root Brown, (1896-1963) who was the wife of the also late Hermann Brown. Margarett Brown was devoted to the fine arts as an art critic and collector and served on the boards of several of organizations. As a tribute to her love of the arts, the first floor of Brown College houses a wide variety of paintings and antique furniture donated by the George R. Brown family and others.

The College was dedicated on October 3, 1965 and was filled primarily by women who had volunteered to leave Jones College to start a new college. Since then other colleges have been added to Rice, and beginning in 1971 some colleges went co-ed. Brown held out as the last all female college until 1987 when it agreed to accept male members.

The College is an eight-story masonry structure on the northeast campus. The high-rise was devised to spare trees. In 2001 new construction will change the Brown College complex. An addition will connect to Brown College on four levels and will extend west of the College in the area occupied by the current Jones Masters' House. New Brown Commons will anchor the west end of Brown Quadrangle with the existing Brown Master's House on the South Side.


Scope and Contents

The Margarett Root Brown records consist of 10 linear feet. Files included here pertain to activities, correspondence, newsclippings, obituaries, minutes, freshman materials, publications, governmental and budget documents as well as other information relating to the general operation of the college. There are also files on the Brown students such as lists of members and room assignments.

The following is a breakdown of the main subject headings and what their content may include. Some subject headings not listed here are self-explanatory.

Activities - Includes all functions and special events that Brown may participate in, i. e. College Night, Parents Day, Theater Productions, Awards Dinner, Brown Derby, Rondolet, Beer-Bike and guest lecturers. Also included are newspaper clippings and photographs on general subjects as well as RPC Calendars. Obituaries are included in this file.

Advisee Groups - see Associates

Alumni - Includes Homecoming information and other correspondence

Associates - Includes correspondence, invitations, etc. to Masters and Associates along with lists of associates, including faculty, resident and community associates and advisee groups. May also include photographs of Masters or Associates as well as news clippings about them.

Awards and Honors - Includes lists for Honor Roll, Phi Beta Kappa, Who's Who, Scholarship recipients, etc.

Budget - Includes and College and Master's budget. Also see Government for other budget reports.

College Courses - Correspondence and information regarding college courses offered by Brown College. These papers are filed by the year the course was taught, not necessarily by date of correspondence.

Commencement - List of degree candidates, list of honor graduates, Commencement program, order of program, platform list, and Baker's invitation to luncheon

Court Cases - see also Government

Freshman Materials - Includes mailings to freshmen such as Master's or Director's letter, schedules, Freshman Handbook, including constitution, by-laws and residence rules. There are various lists of cabinet members, etc., as well as room assignments and other information on Orientation Week.

Government - Includes governing documents, such as constitution, by-laws, residence rules, judicial code, alcohol policy. The Brown College Rules and Regulations booklets are located here. A list of Cabinet and Committee Chairmen are included as well as election and treasury information. Some court cases are filed under Government. Other miscellaneous documents governing college or university rules are located here.

Homecoming - see Alumni or Activities

Honors - see Awards and Honors

Members - Lists of Brown College Members - on and off campus by fall/spring

Minutes - Cabinet minutes; Harem and Forum minutes. May include backup material for budgets or elections

Newcomers - see Freshman Materials

Newspaper Clippings - see also Activities for general subjects; see individual files for specific topics, i. e., Associates, Sports, etc.

Obituaries - see Activities or News Clippings

Room Assignments - Lists by floor of fall/spring room assignments


 

Arrangement

The files are arranged by fall/spring semester in chronological order, then alphabetically by subject within each year. Files received from Brown College in November 2002 were interfiled with the files already held by Woodson Research Center.

Restrictions

Access Restrictions

No access restrictions, this material is open for research.

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish material from the Margarett Root Brown College Record group must be obtained from Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library.


Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Brown, Magarett Root.
Subjects (Organizations)
Rice University - Alumna and alumnae.
Rice University - Margarett Root Brown College.
Rice University - Residential college system.
Rice University Archives.

Related Material

See Rice University Archives for records of other Rice University residential colleges. Contact Woodson Research Center staff for assistance.


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Margarett Root Brown College Records, 1965-2012, Rice University Archives, Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University

Acquisition Information

The original records held by Woodson Research Center (.75 cubic feet) were mostly from the files of one of the Brown College Associates, Nancy Parker Boothe. Other material included photocopies of newspaper articles, programs, etc., collected by the Woodson staff.

In November 2002 Woodson received twenty-two Eclipse File boxes of Brown College records dating from 1965-87 from Nancy Henry, Brown College Coordinator.

Processing Information

Finding aid prepared by Lee Pecht and Sharon Link, in 2003.


 General note 

Excerpted from Rice University Construction Web Page and Brown College Web Page


Detailed Description of the Collection

 

Undated Items

Box Folder
1 1 Publications - ca 1960's-70's
2 Invitations



 

1965-66

Box Folder
1 3 Activities
4 Associates
4 Awards and Honors
6 Construction and Dedication
7 Freshman Materials
8 Gifts
9 Government
10 Housing
11 Jobs
12 Master's Correspondence
13 Members
14 Minutes
15 Publications
16 Recommendations
17 Room Assignments



 

1966-67

Box Folder
1 18 Activities
19 Associates
20 Awards and Honors
21 Budget
22 Curriculum
23 Freshman Materials
24 Government
25 Housing
26 Jobs
27 Members
28 Minutes
29 Publications
30 Room Assignments
31 Sports



 

1967-68

Box Folder
2 1 Activities
2 Associates
3 Awards and Honors
4 Budget
5 Commencement
6 Court Report
7 Freshman Materials
8 Government
9 Housing
10 Members
11 Minutes
12 Publications



 

1968-69

Box Folder
2 13 Activities
14 Associates
15 Awards and Honors
16 Budget
17 Calendar
18 College Courses
19 Commencement
20 Freshman Material
21 Government
22 Members
23 Minutes
24 (A Handbook of) Policies Rules and Regulations Affecting Undergraduate Life



 
Box Folder
3 1-13 1969-70
1 Associates
2 Awards and Honors
3 Budget
4 Commencement
5 Court Abstract
6 Freshman Handbook Worksheets
7 Freshman Mailings and Orientation
8 Government
9 Jobs
10 Members
11 Minutes
12 Publications
13 Sports



 

1970-71

Box Folder
3 14 Associates
15 Awards and Honors
16 Budget
17 College Courses
18 Commencement
19 Freshman Mailings
20 Freshman Week
21 Freshmen Lists
22 Government
23 Jobs
24 Master's and President's Committee
25 Members
26 Minutes
27 Publications
28 Room Rates



 

1971-72

Box Folder
4 1 Activities
2 Associates
3 Awards and Honors
4 Budget
5 Career Counseling
6 College Courses
7 Commencement
8 Correspondence
9 Freshman Mailing
10 Freshman Packet
11 Freshman Week
12 Government
13 Members
14 Minutes - Brown College Cabinet
15 Minutes - Forum
16 Minutes - Harem
17 Publications
18 Room Assignments
19 Safety and Security



 
Box Folder
5 1-15 1972-73
1 Activities
2 Associates
3 Awards and Honors
4 Budget
5 Co-ed Housing
6 College Courses
7 Commencement
8 Freshman Week
9 Government
10 Members
11 Minutes
12 Publications
13 Room Assignments and RCMAC
14 Security
15 Sports



 

1973-74

Box Folder
6 1 Activities
2 Associates
3 Awards and Honors
4 Budget
5 College Courses
6 Commencement
7 Freshman Materials and Mailings
8 Government
9 Mailouts
10 Members
11 Minutes (missing 1/03)
12 Publications
13 Room Assignments
14 Security
15 Sports



 

1974-75

Box Folder
7 1 Activities
2 Associates
3 Awards and Honors
4 Budget
5 Co-ed Transfer Policy
6 College Courses
7 Commencement
8 Food Service
9 Freshman Materials and Mailings
10 Government
11 Members
12 Minutes
13 Policies and Regulations Affecting Student Life
14 Residential Contracts
15 Room Assignments
16 Security
17 Sports



 

1975-76

Box Folder
8 1 Activities
2 Alumni
3 Associates
4 Awards and Honors
5 B & G, RCMAC
6 Budget
7 Co-ed College
8 College Courses
9 Commencement
10 Correspondence
11 Freshman Materials
12 Government
13 Members
14 Minutes
15 Room Assignments
16 Security
17 Sports
18 Summer Shutdown



 

1976-77

Box Folder
9 1 Activities
2 Alumni
3 Associates
4 Awards and Honors
5 The Brown Foundation Challenge
6 Budget
7 Co-ed Colleges
8 College Courses
9 Commencement
10 Flood
11 Food and Housing
12 Freshman Materials
13 Government
14 Members
15 Minutes
16 Room Assignments
17 Sports



 

1977-78

Box Folder
10 1 Activities
2 Alumni
3 Associates
4 Awards and Honors
5 Budget
6 Co-ed Colleges
7 College Courses
8 Commencement
9 Freshman Materials
10 Government
11 Mailings
12 Members
13 Minutes
14 Room Assignments
15 Sports



 
Box Folder
11 1-14 1978-79
1 Activities
2 Alumni
3 Associates
4 Awards and Honors
5 Budget
6 College Courses
7 Commencement
8 Freshman Materials
9 Government
10 Mailings
11 Members
12 Minutes
13 Room Assignments
14 Sports



 

1979-80

Box Folder
12 1 Activities
2 Alumni
3 Associates
4 Awards and Honors
5 Budget
6 College Courses
7 Commencement
8 Freshman Materials
9 Government
10 Members
11 Minutes
12 Room Assignments
13 Sports



 

1980-81

Box Folder
12 14 Activities (15th Anniversary)
15 Associates
16 Awards and Honors
17 Budget
18 Commencement
Box Folder
13 1 Freshman Materials
2 Government
3 Mailings
4 Members
5 Minutes
6 Room Assignments
7 Sports



 

1981-82

Box Folder
13 8 Activities
9 Associates
10 Awards and Honors
11 Budget
12 Commencement
13 Freshman Materials
14 Government
15 Members
16 Minutes
17 Room Assignments
18 Sports



 

1982-83

Box Folder
14 1 Activities
2 Associates
3 Awards and Honors
4 Budget
5 Commencement
6 Freshman Materials
7 Gift (for 15th Anniversary)
8 Government
9 Members
10 Minutes
11 Room Assignments
12 Sports



 

1983-84

Box Folder
14 13 Activities
14 Associates
15 Awards and Honors
16 Budget
17 College Courses
18 Commencement
Box Folder
15 1 Freshman Materials
2 Gifts
3 Government
4 Members
5 Minutes
6 Publications ( Rice's Quest)
7 Room Assignments



 

1984-85

Box Folder
15 8 Activities
9 Associates
10 Awards and Honors
11 Commencement
12 Freshman Materials
13 Government
14 Members
15 Minutes
16 Room Assignments



 

1985-86

Box Folder
16 1 Activities
2 Associates
3 Awards and Honors
4 College Courses
5 Commencement
6 Court Report
7 Freshman Materials
8 Gifts
9 Government
10 Members
11 Minutes
12 Room Assignments



 

1986-87

Box Folder
16 13 Activities
14 Associates
15 Awards and Honors
16 Co-ed Conversion
17 College Courses
18 Commencement
19 Freshman Materials
20 Government
21 Members
22 Minutes
23 Room Assignments



 

1988-2008

Box Folder
17 1 Activities, (30th Anniversary) 1988-current
2 Associates, 1987-1993
3 The Associates Press, 1987-89, 1992
4 [Brown College] Directory, 1995-96, 1997-98, 1998-99
5 Freshman Materials, 1991, 1992, 1995
6 Government, 1987-88
7 Members, 1987, 1989
8 Minutes, 1987-98
9 News Clippings, 1993-current
10 [Brown] Newsgroup Memos, 1995-96
11 Dr. Franz Brotzen speaking about the history of Brown College and the college system February 27, 2008
General note
DVD video
- Brown College O Week book - WWWest 2001
- Brown College O Week book - Aloha Week 2002
- Brown College O Week book - Mafioso Week 2003
- Recordings, "A Match Made in Heaven" Acts I and II February 24, 1988



 

2010-2012

Box Folder
18 1 Freshman Materials, 2011
2 Government, 2011-2012
3 Brown College O-Week book - Kokomo Week 2010
4 Memorabilia, 2011
5 Memorabilia, 2012
Memorabilia, 2002, n.d.
Box
19 Memorabilia, 2011-2012
map-drawer item
147 4 Talent Show poster February 3, 2011
General Note
Rice University Architectural drawings, oversize manuscript material, maps and photographs, Part 3 of 3 (UA 226-3)
5 Bacchanalia poster April 8, 2011
General Note
Rice University Architectural drawings, oversize manuscript material, maps and photographs, Part 3 of 3 (UA 226-3)



 

1984-2012

Box Folder
19 1 Cameo-Week Book 2007
2 Constitution n.d.
3 Court 1992-1994
4 Directory 1984/1985, 1993/1994
5 Divisional Advising 2009-2010
6 Guys and Dolls (DVD) 2009
7 Jack SparrO-Week Book 2012
8 Jesus Christ Superstar (DVD) 2007
9 KokomO-Week Book 2010
10 MafiosO-Week Book 2003
11 A Midsummer Night's Dream (DVD) 2005
12 Photographs [Beer Bike] 1989, n.d.
13 Presto Week Book 2009
14 RingO-Week Book 2011
15 Theater 1993
16 UFO-Week Book 2008
1 Guys and Dolls T-Shirt 2009