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Descriptive Summary

Biographical Note

Scope and Contents

Arrangement

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Series I: On Campus

Series II: Off Campus

Woodson Research Center, Rice University

Guide to the Rice University President's Office Records : William Vermillion Houston, 1946-1960



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Houston, William Vermillion
Title Rice University President's Office Records : William Vermillion Houston
Dates: 1946-1960
Abstract: These records reflect the daily business of the Rice University President's Office, during the tenure of Rice's second president, physicist William Vermillion Houston, and date from 1946-1960. Formats include correspondence, reports, memos, notes, newsclippings, and speeches.
ID Rice UA Houston
Extent 12 lin. ft. (24 boxes)
Language Materials are in English.
Repository: Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University, Houston, TX

Biographical Note

William Vermillion Houston was born in Mount Giliad, Ohio, on January 19, 1900. He received B.A. and B.S. degrees from Ohio State University in 1920. In 1922, he received an M.S. degree from the University of Chicago, and in 1925, his Ph.D. from Ohio State University.

Houston was a National Research Fellow at the California Institute of Technology, and taught there until he became president of what was then Rice Institute, later Rice University, in 1946. Houston studied in Germany on a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1927, assisting Warner Heisenberg and others in the development of quantum theory.

The U.S. Navy awarded Houston its Medal of Merit for directing development of the first homing torpedo and for supervising scientific studies which helped improve U.S. weapon effectiveness in the area of undersea warfare. Because of his genuine modesty, Houston never wore his Medal of Merit ribbon.

Houston made pioneering efforts in the fields of atomic spectroscopy and soild state theory. He was the author of two books: Principles of Mathematical Physics (1934) and Principles of Quantum Mechanics (1951), as well as of numerous scientific articles. After having been a fellow of the American Physical Society for many years, he was elected its president in 1962. He also served on the Society council.

Houston was a member of the National Academy of Sciences, serving on its council and on several important committees. He was also a member of the American Philosophical Society and several other scientific and educational associations. He served on the National Science Board and as a trustee of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

When Houston arrived at Rice in 1946, he greatly expanded graduate study and research. He also initiated a five-year engineering program with greater emphasis on the humanities than had previously existed, and implemented the planned residential college system.

Houston died after a brief illness, in Edinburgh, Scotland on August 22, 1968, while attending the 111th International Conference on Low-tempurature Physics at St. Andrew's University.

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Scope and Contents

These records reflect the daily business of the Rice University President's Office, during the tenure of Rice's second president, physicist William Vermillion Houston, and date from 1946-1960. Formats include correspondence, reports, memos, notes, newsclippings, and speeches.

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Arrangement

These papers follow the typical order of Rice University President's Office Records:
Series I: On Campus (with Subseries: General; Departments; Scholarships, Fellowships, Prizes, Awards; Speeches)
Series II: Off Campus

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

Access to these records requires written permission from the President's Office. Contact Woodson staff for instructions.

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish material from Houston records must be obtained from the Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University.

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Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Houston, William Vermillion.
Subjects (Organizations)
Rice University -- history.
Rice University -- President's Office.

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Related Material

See also William V. Houston personal papers, at WRC.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Rice University President's Office Records: William Vermillion Houston, 1946-1960, Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University.

Acquisition Information

Transfered from the President's Office.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

 

Series I: On Campus

Subseries A: General
box folder
1 1 Abercrombie Laboratory, 1946/47-59/60
2 Admissions, 1948/49-57/58, n.d.
3 Advisor to Men, 1958-62
4 Advisor to Women, 1951/52-59/60
5 Aid to Chinese students
6 Air R.O.T.C.
7 Alumni, 1946-47
8 Alumni, 1948/49-59/60
9 American Assembly, 1958
10 Anderson Hall, 1946/47-47/48
11 Anderson, M.D. Visiting Professorship, 1948/49-54/55
12 Anderson, M.D. Visiting Professorship, 1955/56-58/59
13 Archives, 1949/50-50/51
14 Army Gauge Laboratory, 1945/46-53/54
15 Army R.O.T.C., 1960-61
16 Articles for campus publications
17 Athletics, 1948/49-58/59
box folder
2 1 Bartlett, H.L. bequest
2 Board of Trustees memos, 1946-48
3 Board of Trustees memos, minutes, 1945/46-46/47
4 Board of Trustees meeting minutes, 1947/48
5 Board of Trustees meeting minutes, 1947/48-50/51
6 Board of Trustees corresp., meeting minutes, 1952/53-53/54
7 Board of Trustees corresp., meeting minutes, 1954/55-57/58
8 Board of Trustees corresp., memos, 1958-62 (includes West Estate deal)
9 Bursar
10 Business Office, 1945/46-56/57
11 Cohen House, 1946/47-59/60
box folder
3 1 Colleges, 1956/57-60/61
2 Commencement addresses
3 Commencements, 1946-55
4 Complaints, 1951/52-61
5 Computer, 1954/55-59/60
6 Continental Oil Co. Scholarship Committee
7 Co-operative store/Roost, 1947/48-57/58
8 Correspondence, 1946
9 Correspondence, 1947
10 Correspondence, 1948
11 Correspondence, 1950s
12 Correspondence - letters of congratulations as Rice President, 1947
13 Correspondence re: appointment as President, 1945-46
14 Correspondence re: personal recommendations
box folder
4 1 (Assistant) Dean for Student Activities, 1946-48
2 (Associate) and Dean for Students, 1950-51-57/58
3 Dean of Engineering, 1959
4 Dean of Humanities, 1959-60
5 Diplomas, 1956/57-57/58
6 Draft deferments - faculty, 1950/51-57/58
7 Draft deferments - students
8 E.C.P.D. part-time graduate student info.
9 Edwards Foundation Public Affairs Lectures, 1955/56-58/59
10 Eisenhower, Dwight visit, 11/10/50
11 Endowment needs
12 (Rice) Exposition, 1949/50-55/56
13 Faculty appointments, 1946-47
14 Faculty housing, 1947/48-56/57
15 Faculty promotions, 1960
16 Faculty trips, 1952
17 Field House repairs, 1948/49
18 Fondren Library (proposed) - Burchard Report, 1946
19 Fondren Library, 1948-61
20 Fondren Library, construction of, 1945/46-54/55
box folder
5 1 Fondren Library, dedication of, 1946/47-49/50
2 Fondren Library, gifts to, 1946/47-56/57
3 Fondren Library, gifts to, 1957-61
4 Forensic Society, 1954/55
5 Foreign Service recruitment, 1950/51, 54/55, 55/56
6 Foreign students, 1952/53-58/59
7 Forum Committee, 1961-63
8 Geology Building, 1954/55-59/60
9 Gifts, 1946/47-57/58
10 Gifts, 1958/59
11 Gifts, 1959/60
12 Government contracts
13 Graduate Bulletin
14 Graduates/assistants
15 Gymnasium, construction of, 1949/50, 57/58-60/61
16 Hamman Hall, 1956/57-57/58
box folder
6 1 Hanszen memorial, 1950/51
2 Hargrove Chair of Economics, 1955/56-59/60
3 Health Service
4 Honor Council, 1947-52
5 Honor Council, 1960-61
6 Inauguration - addresses delivered
7 Inauguration book [Houston], 1948
8 Inaugural celebration
9 Isotope Laboratory
10 Jones College, 1955/56-57/58
11 Junior year abroad program (proposed), 1960
12 [Special] Lectures, 1957-60
13 Lectures
14 Librarian
15 Lovett, E.O. memorial
16 Lovett Hall furnishings, 1950
box folder
7 1 Low Temperature Physics Conference, 1953/54, 55/56-57/58
2 Magnetic Observatory (proposed), 1947/48-48/49
3 Mail procedures, 1953/54
4 Masterson Professorship in History, 1946/47, 52/53
5 Naval Aviation College Program (N.A.C.P.), 1946/47-47/48
6 Nuclear Research Laboratory, 1951/52-59/60
7 Nuclear Science Program, 1956/57-58/59
8 Office of Naval Research
9 Office of Naval Research contracts, 1955/56-56/57
10 Physics Building, 1957/58
11 President’s House, 1947/48-49/50
12 Provost, 1953/54-59/60
13 Publications Committee, 1960
14 “R” Association
15 Registrar’s Office, 1946-48, 50/51, 52/53-55/56
16 Registrar’s report to the President, 1946/47-48/49, 50/51-55/56
17 Religious Emphasis Week, 1954
18 Residential Halls, 1947/48-57/58
19 Retirement plan, 1946/47-61/62
box folder
8 1 Rhodes Scholarship, 1946-48
2 Rice Institute Pamphlet, 1946/47-54/55
3 Rice Memorial Center, 1953/54-59/60
4 Rice Review, 1952
5 Rice University Associates, 1957/58-59/60
6 Rockwell Lectures, 1946-50
7 Rockwell Lectures, 1951-55
8 Rockwell Lectures, 1956-61
9 Salary schedule, 1946/47, 48/49, 51/52
10 Science Teacher Summer Research Assistantships, 1954/55-55/56
11 Sponsored Research work policy, 1950/51
12 Stadium, 1947/48-52/53
13 Student Loan Fund, 1957/58-59/60
box folder
9 1 Students - correspondence
2 Tau Beta Pi, 1945/46-47/48, 49/50, 52/53
3 T.C.U. - Rice Joint Engineering Program, 1953-57
4 Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association
5 Television programs, 1958-60
6 Teller, Edward lectures, 1961
7 Tuition Exchange - faculty children, 1950s
8 Visitors, 1954/55-56/57
9 Welch Company - diplomas, 1954-55
10 Wiess Hall, construction and dedication of, 1948/49-49/50
11 Wiess, H.C., 1945
Subseries B: Departments
box folder
10 1 Architecture (includes Art), 1948/49-50/51, 53/54-59/60
2 Army R.O.T.C., 1950/51-56/57
3 Army R.O.T.C., 1957/58-59/60
4 Biology, 1950/51, 54/55-59/60
5 Chemical Engineering, 1940/50, 52/53-59/60
6 Chemistry, 1954/55-59/60
7 Civics and Philanthropy, 1947
box folder
11 1 Civil Engineering, 1950/51-59/60
2 Economics and Business Administration, 1948/49, 51/52, 54/55-59/60
3 Education, 1948/49-50/51, 54/55-55/56, 57/58, 59/60
4 Electrical Engineering, 1954/55-60/61
5 Engineering, 1945/46, 505/51, 52/53, 56/57-59/60
6 English, 1949/50-50/51, 54/55-59/60
7 Foreign Languages, 1956-61
8 Geology, 1953-60
9 Geology-Seismological Station, 1951-53
box folder
12 1 Health and Physical Education, 1949-61
2 History and Political Science, 1955-61
3 Mathematics, 1952-61
4 Mechanical Engineering, 1949-61
5 Navy Program III, 1946
6 Navy Program III, 1946
7 Navy Program III, 1946
box folder
13 1 N.R.O.T.C., 1946/47
2 N.R.O.T.C., 1947/48
3 N.R.O.T.C. Summer cruise, 1947-48
4 N.R.O.T.C., 1948/49
5 N.R.O.T.C., 1949/50-55/56
6 N.R.O.T.C., 1956/57-61
7 N.R.O.T.C. U.S. Naval Academy nominations, 1946-50, 53-62
8 N.R.O.T.C. “Five Term Program” for officers, 1946-47
9 N.R.O.T.C. - Marine Corps Platoon Leaders Program, 1947-48
10 N.R.O.T.C. Armory facilities
box folder
14 1 Oceanography - proposed
2 Philosophy
3 Physics
4 Psychology
5 Psychology - Near East report, B.B. Hudson
6 Shepherd School - proposed
Subseries C: Scholarships, Fellowships, Prizes, Awards
box folder
15 1 Alcoa Scholarships and Fellowship
2 American Can Co. Scholarships
3 American Legion - War Orphans Scholarship
4 American Smelting & Refining Co. Scholarship
5 Atlantic Refining Co. Fellowship in Chemical Engineering
6 Atomic Energy Commission (A.E.C.) Fellowships
7 A.E.C. Fellowship Training Program in Biology
8 Bjoerling Award, Jussi
9 (Weldson) Brigance Scholarship Fund
10 (Frank McFadden) Caldwell Loan Fund
11 (Samuel Fain) Carter Fellowship
12 Celanese Fellowship in Chemical Engineering
13 Continental Oil Company
14 Dow Chemical Co. Fellowship in Science & Mechanical Engineering
15 English-Speaking Union
16 Ethyl Corporation Fellowship
17 Fluor Foundation Fellowship
18 Freshman Scholarships (anonymous donor)
19 General Education Board N. Y. Scholarships
20 General Electric Education fund
21 (John Simon) Guggenheim Memorial Foundation
22 (Marcellus) Hartley Fund for Award of Medals
23 Hoblitzelle Award
24 Houston Engineering & Scientific Society (Houston Engineers Club)
25 Hughes Tool Company Scholarship
26 (Cordell) Hull Foundation
27 Humble Oil & Ref. Co. Fellowships (Physics, Chemistry, Geology)
28 Ideal Cement Company Fellowship
29 Kennedy Prize
30 Liberal Arts Scholarships
31 (Dick Mayo) Lykes Memorial Fellowship
32 Magnolia Petroleum Fellowship (formerly Socony-Vacuum)
33 Medal of the Military Order of the World Wars - N.R.O.T.C.
34 Nansen Fund, Inc.
35 Naval Scholarships, Jesse H. Jones
36 Pan-American Refining Corporation Fellowship in Chemical Engineering
37 Pan-American Round Table Scholarships
38 (Minnie Stevens) Piper Foundation Professorships
39 President’s Loan Fund
40 Procter & Gamble Fellowship (Chemistry)
41 Rhodes Scholarships
box folder
16 1 Root-Tilden Scholarships
2 Rotary International Scholarships
3 Shell Fellowship
4 Shell Companies Foundation
5 Socony-Vacuum Fellowship (Physics); see also Magnolia Petroleum Fellowship
6 Stanolind Oil & Gas Company Fellowship in Mechanical Engineering
7 State Department Exchange-Visitor Program
8 State Department Internships & United Nations Student Loan Program
9 Student Loan Fund
10 Student’s Memorial Loan Fund (Rice University)
11 Texaco Fellowships & Scholarships
12 Texas Colonial Dames Award in American History
13 Texas Gulf Producing Company Fellowship in Geology
14 Texas-Swedish Cultural Foundation
15 Theta Psi Omega Scholarship
16 Union Carbide Scholarship
17 United Daughters of the Confederacy Annual Prize in Southern History
18 Westinghouse Achievement Scholarship
19 (John Hay) Whitney Foundation
20 (Harold A.) Wilson Award in Physics
21 Woodrow Wilson Fellowships
22 Fellowships and scholarships, miscellaneous
23 Possible fellowships
Subseries D: Speeches
box folder
17 1 Rice Alumni Association Dinner, 13 April 1946
2 Commencement 1946
3 Matriculation Address 1946
4 Alumni Dinner, Homecoming, 1 November 1946
5 Pallas Athene Literary Society Alumnae Meeting, 4 March 1947
6 Inauguration, 10 April 1946
7 Address to Rice-Chicago Alumni, 26 April 1946
8 Commencement, 1947
9 Matriculation Address, 1947
10 “Can Engineering Be Taught in College?” - Rice Institute Engineering Society, 2 December 1947
11 “R” Association Banquet, San Jacinto Inn, 15 December 1947
12 Cornerstone Laying of the Fondren Library, 21 December 1947
13 “Rice Institute Looks Ahead,” Rice Institute Student Forum, 13 May 1948
14 “The Future of Engineering at the Rice Institute,” 14 May 1948
15 Commencement, 7 June 1948
16 Matriculation Address, 1948
17 Opening of Abercrombie Engineering Lab, 20 November 1948
18 “R” Association Football Banquet, Houston Club, 9 December 1948
19 Axson Club, River Oaks Country Club, 21 February 1949
20 Commencement Address, 3 June 1949
21 Matriculation Address, 1949
22 Address to Hillel Society, Temple Emanu El, 17 February 1950
23 Annual Football Banquet, San Jacinto Inn, 11 April 1950
24 Matriculation Address, 1950
25 Alumni Homecoming Dinner, The Commons, 27 October 1950
26 Introduction of General Eisenhower, Grecian Room, Shamrock Hotel, 10 November 1950
27 “R” Association Banquet, Rice Hotel, 6 December 1950
28 Commencement, 1951
29 H. A. Wilson Award, Fondren Library Lecture Lounge, 1 June 1951
30 Dallas Alumni Club, Venus Restaurant, Dallas, 7 June 1951
box folder
18 1 Matriculation Address, 1951
2 “Objectives of the Rice Institute,” Alumni Club Presidents, 29 September 1951
3 Rice Alumni Reunion Breakfast, Rice commons, 17 November 1951
4 Address to Ft. Worth Alumni Club, 23 November 1951
5 “R” Association Banquet, 12 December 1951
6 Meeting of Alumni Councils of America, Senior Commons, 18 December 1951
7 Speech to New Orleans Alumni, 17 January 1952
8 “Research ,” Sigma Xi Luncheon Meeting, 14 February 1952
9 Commencement Address, 1952
10 Matriculation Address, 1952
11 Remarks to Alumni Club Presidents, Fondren Library, 27 September 1952
12 Alumni Homecoming Dinner, The Commons, 30 October 1952
13 Remarks on Science and Technology at the Rice Forum, 29 March 1953
14 Commencement, 1953
15 Speech on Atomic Energy, 12 September 1953
16 Matriculation Address, 1953
17 “R” Association Banquet, Rice Hotel, 1 December 1953
18 1st Meeting of Rice Institute Association, Fondren Library Lecture Lounge 6 May 1954
19 Commencement, 1954
20 Matriculation Address, 1954
21 Introduction of Dr. Grayson Kirk, Rice Associates Dinner, 20 January 1955
22 Liberal Arts Committee of the Rice Institute Associates, 24 February 1955
23 Rice Associates Dinner, Fondren Lecture Lounge, 6 May 1955
24 Commencement, 1955
25 Matriculation Address, 1955
26 Rice Associates Dinner, Fondren Lecture Lounge, 30 November 1955
27 Speech to Ft. Worth Alumni, 11 May 1956
box folder
19 1 Commencement, 1956
2 Matriculation Address, 1956
3 Address to Alumni Club Presidents, 22 September 1956
4 Alumni Dinner Honoring Mrs. Jones, Dr. Tsanoff and Dr. Moraud, Houston Country Club, 25 October 1956
5 Introduction of Judge Medina, Rice Associates Dinner, 4 December 1956
6 Remarks at Dinner Honoring Mrs. Fondren, Dallas, Tx, 4 February 1956
7 First Annual Outstanding Student Award Banquet, 28 March 1957
8 Address at Sigma Xi Dinner, 2 May 1957
9 Commencement, 1957
10 Matriculation Address, 1957
11 Freshman Orientation, 1957
12 Remarks to Alumni Presidents, Fall of 1957
13 Remarks at Jones College Open House, 6 October 1957
14 Alumni Association Dinner, Brae Burn Country Club, 8 November 1957
15 Remarks at Football Banquet, 11 December 1957
16 Introduction of Dr. Niels Bohr, Associates Dinner, 17 December 1957
17 Reunion Dinner of Masters and Doctors in Biology, Biology Building Opening, 30 January 1958
18 Address of Welcome--Biology Symposium, Opening of M. D. Anderson Biological Lab, 31 January 1958
19 Mr. McCann Appreciation Dinner, Houston Club, 25 April 1958
20 Commencement, 1958
21 Matriculation Address, 1958
22 Remarks to Methodist Student Movement, Fondren Library, 4 November 1958
23 Address to Members of Wiess College, Wiess College, 23 October 1958
24 Unveiling of Captain Baker’s Portrait, Baker College, 19 December 1958
25 Matriculation Address, 1959
26 Remarks on Mr. Wiess, Wiess College Dinner, 18 September 1959
27 International Thanksgiving Breakfast, Baptist Student Union, 22 November 1959
28 Football Banquet, Grand ballroom-Rice Hotel, 3 December 1959
29 Baker College Annual Dinner, 17 December 1959
30 Welcoming Remarks, Parathyroid Symposium, 3 February 1960
31 Hanszen College Dinner, 10 February 1960
32 “Is Engineering an Appropriate University Subject?” 8 March 1960
33 Matriculation Address, 1960
34 “Understanding the Physical World,” Rice Alumni Association 21 February 1962
35 H. A. Wilson Award presentation, May 1962
36 H. A. Wilson Award presentation, 29 May 1964
37 Sigma Xi Luncheon, 1 October 1964
38 Acceptance of award, Rice Alumni homecoming, 11 November 1967
39 H. A. Wilson Award presentation, 31 May 1968

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Series II: Off Campus

A & M College of Texas
American Academy of Arts and Sciences
American Academy of Political and Social Science
American Association for the Advancement of Science
American Association of Physics Teachers
American Association of University Professors
American Association of University Women
American Chemical Society
American Council of Learned Societies
American Council on Education
American Petroleum Institute
American Philosophical Society
American Physical Society
American Rocket Society
American Society for Civil Engineers
American Society for Engineering Education
American Universities Field Staff
Anderson (M.D.) Foundation
Applied Mathematics Panel
Arkansas, University of (Fayetteville, Arkansas)
Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching
Council of Southern Universities
The Ford Foundation
Fund for the Advancement of Education - Committee on Utilization of College Teaching Resources
Houston Chamber of Commerce
Institute of International Education
International Business Machines
Invitations and announcements, 1946-48
Invitations, announcements and responses, 1946-48
Invitations, announcements and responses, 1946-48
Invitations, announcements and responses, 1946-48
Invitations from and congratulations to other universities, 1948
Invitations from and congratulations to other universities, 1949
Invitations from and congratulations to other universities, 1950
Invitations from and congratulations to other universities, 1951-59, n.d.
Invitations, Houston, Lectures
Johnson, Lyndon B.
National Academy of Science
National Commission on Accrediting
Oak Ridge Institute of Nuclear Studies
Patent Matter
Rayzor Endowed Chair
Research Corporation
Research Day
Resources for the Future, Inc.
Royal Society of Arts
Southern Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools
Southern Fellowships Fund
Southern Regional Acceleration Project
Southern Regional Education Board
Southern University Conference
Southwest Research Institute
Southwestern Social Science Association
Texas Education Agency
Texas Foundation of Voluntarily Supported Colleges
Texas Surplus Property Agency
Town Meeting on Public Education
University of Texas
Water Analysis - Rice Campus, 1950
Welch Foundation - Correspondence
Welch Foundation - Proposals and Progress Reports
World Perspectives

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