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Historical Sketch

Scope and Contents

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Series I: Notices / Correspondence, 1928-2001

Series II: Membership, 1940-2000

Series III: Financial, 1922-1996

Series IV: General, 1808-2001

Series V: President's Binder, 1998-1999

Series VI: Meeting Minutes, 1920-2000

Series VII: Meeting Records, 2000-2004

Series VIII: Addenda materials, 1920-2010

Woodson Research Center, Rice University

Guide to the Houston Philosophical Society Records, 1808-2004, bulk 1940-2004 UA 076UA 076



creator Houston Philosophical Society.
Title: Houston Philosophical Society Records
Dates: Bulk, 1940-2004
Dates: 1808-2004, bulk 1940-2004
Abstract: The Houston Philosophical Society was established in 1920 at the University Club in downtown Houston to bring together the intellectual community both on and off campus. Many members of the Rice University community have been invlode as leaders in the society. These records consist of minutes from the Executive Committee and general meetings, notices to members, treasurer's reports and other financial records, rosters and directories, new member nominations, constitutions and procedure guidelines.
Identification: UA 076
Quantity: 8.0 linear ft.(15 boxes)
General Physical Description note (15 boxes)
Language:
Repository: Woodson Research Center, Rice University, Houston, Texas

Historical Sketch

The first meeting of the Houston Philosophical Society was held on January 18, 1920 at the University Club in downtown Houston. It was organized to bring together the intellectual community both on and off campus. Its purpose was to "stimulate interest in modern developments in science and philosophy." The word "philosophical" is used in its broadest sense and members of the society represent all departments of the arts, sciences, and letters.

At that first meeting Professor H. A. Wilson was elected as president, Professor G. C. Evans as secretary, and Mr. S. G. McCann (the registrar at Rice) as treasurer. Three additional members were elected to serve on the executive council: Professors C. W. Heaps, H. B. Weiser, and R. A. Tsanoff. The persons listed here, whose main work was respectively in physics, mathematics, history, chemistry, and philosophy, indicate the wide range of interests that has characterized the Society from the beginning.

The monthly meetings held during the academic year normally consist of a dinner, followed by a business session and then the address of the evening by either a member of the Society or an invited guest speaker. Time is reserved for questions or discussion after the address.

The members of the Society are elected based on their high intellectual and professional achievements. Originally an all male organization, in 1987 the bylaws were changed so that they did not imply that one had to be male to be a member. By the next year several women had been elected. Today the Society has no gender or racial restrictions and has a maximum membership of 240 members divided into eight sections as follows:

  1. Astronomy, Engineering, and Mathematics
  2. Biochemistry, Biology, Chemistry, Geology, and Physics
  3. Medicine
  4. Business and Economics
  5. Education, Health, and Physical Education, Philosophy, Psychology, Religion, and Social Science
  6. History, Journalism, Language, Literature, and Library Science
  7. Architecture, Fine Arts, Music, and Theater
  8. Government and Law

Members pay annual dues but are exempt if they have achieved Life Membership status. This membership is granted to active members of the Society who are over the age of 70, and who have been active members for a period of at least 10 years.

Parts excerpted from the 1998 Houston Philosophical Society Directory/Handbook

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Scope and Contents

The Houston Philosophical Society Records consist of minutes from the Executive Committee and general meetings, notices to members, treasurer's reports and other financial records, rosters and directories, new member nominations, constitutions and procedure guidelines. There is one roll of microfilm minutes for 1964-May 1974. One binder belonging to President W. T. Cannady, 1998-99 is included. These documents are divided in to 7 series as identified below.

Until April 2000, the documents were filed by subject, i. e., Minutes, Notices, Treasurer's Report, etc. in chronological order. Beginning April 2000 the documents are kept together by meeting number and date. A new series was started at that point.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

This material is open for research.

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish from the Houston Philosophical Society Records must be obtained from the Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University.

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Index Terms

Subjects (Organizations)
Houston Philosophical Society.
Genres
constitutions
corrrespondence
directories
minutes (administrative records)
speeches

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Houston Philosophical Society Records, 1808-2001, Rice University Archives, Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University.

Acquisition Information

These records have been placed with the Woodson Research Center by various members of the Society over a number of years-S. W. Higginbotham, K. Kolenda, John A. S. Adams, John Boles, Harold Raley received in 1974, 6/1984, 10/1988, 2/1989, 6/1992, 9/1993, 11/1993, 7/1995, 6/1996, 12/1996 and 2/2003.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

 

Series I: Notices / Correspondence, 1928-2001

Scope and Contents note
Contains Notices, for both the Executive and business meetings. Some attachments to these notices may include new member nominations. Also filed here are correspondence files and meeting reservations.
Box Folder
1 1 Notices, 1928-44
2 Notices, 1945-58
3 Notices, 1971-81
4 Notices, 1982-92
5 Notices, 1993-99*
General note
* See individual meeting files for latest records
6 Notices, Executive Committee, 1971-96
7 Correspondence, 1971-2001
8 Correspondence, Executive Committee, 1986-94
9 Correspondence, Executive Committee, 2000-
Related Archival Materials note
See also "Minutes and related material, Executive Committee" in Series VI for email correspondence specifically relating to monthly Executive Committee meetings.
10 Meeting reservations, 1988-March 2000*
General note
* See individual meeting files for latest records

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Series II: Membership, 1940-2000

Scope and Contents note
Contains membership rosters, directories and handbooks, change forms and membership nominations/ supporting letters.
Box Folder
2 1 Membership nominations/supporting letters, 1988-90
2 Membership nominations/supporting letters, 1991-92
3 Membership nominations/supporting letters, 1993-2001
4 Membership nominations/supporting letters, 2002-2003
5 Membership nominations/supporting letters, 2004
Box Folder
3 1 Membership nominations/supporting letters, 2005-2009
2 Permanent record of membership, c. 1952
3 Membership rosters, 1940-73
4 Membership rosters, 1980's
5 Membership rosters, 1990's
6 Membership rosters, 2000's
7 Executive Committee rosters
Box Folder
4 1 Membership directories, 1965-2007
2 Correspondence concerning membership, 1996-1999
3 Correspondence concerning membership, 2002-2005
4 Correspondence concerning membership, 2006-
5 Section Membership Summary, January 17, 2002
6 Membership Committee, 2006

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Series III: Financial, 1922-1996

Scope and Contents note
Contains bills and financial records, various financial journals and Treasurer's reports. There is a personal file from Treasurer Fraser A. McAlpine.
Box Folder
5 1 Bills - Faculty Club, 1984-94
2 Bills - General, 1983-88
3 Check register, 1985-89
4 Dues records
5 Financial Statements, 1983-89
6 Treasurer's reports, 1973-96* **
General note
* See individual meeting files for latest records
General note
** See 1998-March 2000 Executive Committee Minutes
7 Treasurer Fraser A. McAlpine personal file, 1988-90
8 Treasurer's journal, 1922-40
9 Bank journal, 1922-46
10 Treasury, 2005-2006
11 Financial (General)

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Series IV: General, 1808-2001

Scope and Contents note
Contains governing documents, such as the Society Constitution and procedure guidelines. There is also a copy of the Philosophical Society of Texas Constitution.
Box Folder
6 1 Constitution (copy), Philosophical Society of Texas, 1807, 1837; Proceedings, 1955
2 Constitution, c. 1990
3 Constitution and Bylaws, 2005-2008
4 Practices, Procedure, and Calendar, 1999/2000
5 Secretary's duties, c. 2001

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Series V: President's Binder, 1998-1999

Scope and Contents note
Contains copy of binder belonging to President W. T. Cannady, 1998-99.
Box Folder
7 1 W. T. Cannady, President, 1998-1999

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Series VI: Meeting Minutes, 1920-2000

Scope and Contents note
Contains minutes of the Executive Committee meetings as well as the business meetings, going back to 1920. Some of the minutes are bound into journals. There are some summaries of the speakers' addresses with the business meeting minutes.
Box item
8 1 Minutes book, Executive Committee, 1920-50
2 Minutes book (photocopies), Executive Committee, 1920-1950
3 Minutes book, 1920-42
4 Minutes book, 1942-57
5 Minutes book, photocopies, 1920-64
6 Minutes book, 1957-1964
Box item
9 1 Minutes book, 1964-74
2 Minutes book (photocopies), 1964-1974
3 Microfilm of minutes, 1964-1974
4 Minutes book, 1974-1977
Box Folder
10 1 Minutes, 1977-83
2 Minutes, 1984-87
3 Minutes, 1988-90
4 Minutes, 1991-93
5 Minutes, 1994-96
6 Minutes and related material, 1997-1999*
General note
*see individual meeting files for latest records
7 Minutes and related material, Executive Committee, 1986-2000
General note
*see individual meeting files for latest records
8 Minutes and related material, Executive Committee, 2001-2003
Box Folder
11 1 Minutes and related material, Executive Committee, 2004-2009

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Series VII: Meeting Records, 2000-2004

Scope and Contents note
Contains minutes of the Executive Committee meetings as well as the business meetings, going back to 1920. Includes Minutes, Executive Committee, Notices, Treasurer's Reports, etc. Some of the minutes are bound into journals. There are some summaries of the speakers' addresses with the business meeting minutes.
Box Folder
11 2 Meeting No. 565, January 20, 2000
3 Meeting No. 566, February 17, 2000
4 Meeting No. 567, March 16, 2000
5 Meeting No. 568, April 20, 2000
6 Meeting No. 569, Sept. 21, 2000
7 Meeting No. 570, October 19, 2000
8 Meeting No. 571, November 16, 2000
9 Meeting No. 572, January 18, 2001
10 Meeting No. 573, February 15, 2001
11 Meeting No. 574, March 15, 2001
12 Meeting No. 575, April 19, 2001
13 Meeting No. 576 September 20, 2001
14 Meeting No. 577, Oct. 18, 2001
15 Meeting No. 578, Nov. 15, 2001
16 Meeting No. 579, January 17, 2002
Box Folder
12 1 Meeting No. 580, Feb. 21, 2002
2 Meeting No. 581, March 21, 2002
3 Meeting No. 582, April 18, 2002
4 Meeting No. 583, September 19, 2002
5 Meeting No. 584, October 17, 2002
6 Meeting No. 585, November 21, 2002
7 Meetings, 2003, No's 586-588, 590-592
8 Meetings, 2004, No's 593, 595, 596, 599
9 Meetings, 2005
10 Meetings, 2006-2009

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Series VIII: Addenda materials, 1920-2010

Box Folder
13 1 Analyses
2 Secretary’s notebook, 1998-99
3 Secretary’s notebook, 1999-2000
Box Folder
14 1 Secretary’s notebook, 2000-01
2 President’s notebook, 2001-02
Box Folder
15 1 List of speakers, 1981-1998
2 Speaker, Robert L. Patten, Nov. 20, 2003
3 Speakers, 2006-2007
5 Speakers, 2008-2009
6 Audit Committee
7 Association Management Contractors (AMC); Administrative Services Agreement, 2006
8 Timelines
9 Website
10 "HPS Files" CD-ROM
11 HPS, Mailbox 540472 (Key)
12 Note Fragments
Box Folder
16 1 Constitution and bylaws
2 Membership directory, 2008-09
3 Executive Committee, 2005-08
4 Executive Committee minutes, 2009-10
5 Executive Committee, 2012
6 Dinner meeting minutes, 2007-08
7 Secretaries file-minutes
8 Secretaries files-timeline
9 Secretaries file-Presidents handbook
10 Secretaries file-Business
11 Secretaries file-Correspondence
12 Secretaries file-Notices
13 Secretaries file-Directory
14 Secretaries file-Section information
15 Section roster/members, 2009-10
16 Proposed new section designations
17 Website
18 Member nomination information
19 New member ballots, 11-16-2006
20 New member ballots, April 2007
Box Folder
17 1 Schedules and speakers, 2008-11
2 Proposed speakers, 2007-11
3 Summary of financial activitiy, 2007-10
4 Funds reports, 2006-07
5 Bank statements, 2006-07
6 Inventories/payments, 2006-07
7 Audit Committee
8 Treasurer's forms
9 Mendelson, John, "Targeting Abhorrent Behavior..."
10 Hudspeth, C.M., "Variation on a Theme of Natural Law"
11 Glowinski, Ronald, "Mathematics & Mathematicians"
12 Fall 2000 pamphlet
13 Notes
14 Cohen House [Rice Univ.] card

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