Woodson Research Center, Rice University

Guide to the Rice University Regional Information and Communication Exchange (R.i.C.E.) Records, 1966-1997



Descriptive Summary

Creator Rice University Regional Information and Communication Exchange (R.i.C.E.)
Title Rice University Regional Information and Communication Exchange (R.i.C.E.) Records,
Dates: 1966-1997
Abstract: Documents related to the daily business of the Regional Information & Communication Exchange (R.i.C.E.), which was established in 1967 as a fee-based information service operating as a cost-recovery center within the division of community services of Fondren Library. RiCE closed in December 2003.
ID UA 060
Extent 2.5 linear ft. (5 boxes)
Language Materials are in English.
Repository: Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University, Houston, TX

Historical Sketch

The Regional Information & Communication Exchange (R.i.C.E.) was established in 1967 as a fee-based information service operating as a cost-recovery center within the division of community services of Fondren Library. It provided library and research services and document retrieval for the nonacademic community that would otherwise not have access to the exceptional resources of a university library. Most clients were Houston-based companies utilizing the service to supplement their corporate libraries and information centers, or use as an off-site company resource. The cost-effective resource offered its technical expertise of reference and document-retrieval specialists by offering accurate, current and complete information mainly through electronic means.

Revolutionary changes in how information is retrieved via the internet plus economic upheaval in how businesses function forced the closure of RiCE in December 2003.


Scope and Contents

Documents related to the daily business of the Regional Information & Communication Exchange (R.i.C.E.), including reports, correspondence, meeting minutes and notes, publicity materials, and a historical narrative of the department.


 

Arrangement

Series I: Founding and history, 1966-1997
Series II: Reports and manuals, 1969-1988
Series III: Promotional materials, 1968-1987
Series IV: General business operations, 1969-1997
Series V: Advisory Board & Council, 1967-1998
Series VI: Celebrations, 1987-1997

Restrictions

Access Restriction

This material is open for research.

Use Restrictions

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


Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Tibbits, Randy
Subjects
Research teams
Research
Formats
Slides
Videotapes
Photographs

Related Material

See also Regional Information & Communication Exchange (RiCE) information file.


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Regional Information & Communication Exchange (RiCE) Records, 1966-1997, UA 060, Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University

Acquisition Information

Randy Tibbits, Document Delivery Team Leader, transfered the papers in December 2004. The materials were housed in the former offices of RiCE (Document Delivery area), Fondren Library.


Detailed Description of the Collection

 

Series I: Founding and history, 1966-1997

This material includes information on the proposal, set up and history of RiCE.
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1 1 Proposal for establishment, n.d.
2 Funding proposal, 1968-69
3 Texas State Library agreement/expenditures, 1969-70
4 History, 1966-67
5 History, 1968-73
6 History, 1974-81
7 History, 1982-88, 1997



 

Series II: Reports and manuals, 1969-1988

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1 8 Activity reports, 1969-79
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2 1 Monthly progress reports, 1970
2 Annual reports, 1969/70-1984/85
3 Monthly statistical reports, 1987-88
4 Procedural manual, 1982
5 Procedural manual, 1985-86
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3 1 Procedural, general, 1977-78
2 Handbook, pre-1985
3 Interlibrary borrowing procedures, 1985
4 Administrative policies manual, 1984-86
5 Client membership costs and fee charges
6 Schedule of service charges, 1969
7 Pricing, 1969, 1970s-80s
8 Business plan, 1985-86



 

Series III: Promotional materials, 1968-1987

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3 9 Newsletters, 1968-70, 78, 81, 83, 86
10 Newsletters, Texas agencies, 1968-69
11 Brochures, n.d.
12 Advertising, 1975, 1980s
13 Promotion on campus, 1985
14 Public relations, 1970s-80s
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4 1 “Eyes of Texas” promo video, 1987
2 AAPG exhibit, 1979
3 Slide show, 1975



 

Series IV: General business operations, 1969-1997

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4 4 Correspondence: General, 1975-78
5 Correspondence: Patent, 1970s
6 Correspondence : Energy Research & Education Foundation, 1975
7 Correspondence: Business Information Center at Houston Public Library, 1975
8 Budget, 1973-79, 84
9 Texas Information Exchange information and financial disbursements, 1969-76
10 Staffing, 1978, 1984
11 Intern program, 1981
12 Identity proposal (stationery), 1985
13 Computer proposal, 1985
14 Computer problems, 1986-87
15 Major projects, 1989, 91, 93, 97
16 Proposal: Shared Information Center for Oil Companies, 1994
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5 1 Proposal: Shell Oil Company, 1994
2 Research sponsors, 1972
3 Customer lists, 1996
4 Analysis, 1978



 

Series V: Advisory Board & Council, 1967-1998

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5 5 Board, 1967-70
6 Council, 1985
7 Council, 1986-89
8 Council, 1996-98



 

Series VI: Celebrations, 1987-1997

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5 9 Anniversary, 1987
10 Anniversary, 1997
11 Anniversary photos, 1997



 

Temporary business records

Non-archival business records of limited research value, scheduled to be destroyed in 2010.
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6-9 2000 - RiCE Paid Client Invoices
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10-11 2001 - RiCE Paid Client Invoices
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12 2001 - RiCE Paid Client Invoices & 2002 RiCE Paid Exxon Invoices (end)
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13 2001-2002 RiCE Paid Howrey Invoices
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14 2002-2003 RiCE Paid Howrey Invoices
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15 2001-2002 RiCE Paid Exxon Invoices
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16-18 2002 RiCE Paid Client Invoices
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19-20 2003 RiCE Paid Client Invoices
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21 2001, June RiCE Paid Client Invoices
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22 2000-2001, RiCE IDT's/Deposits
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23-26 2001 Vendor invoices
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27 2002-2003 Vendor invoices
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28 2002-2003 Vendor invoices & 2001/03 IDT's Deposits
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29 2001-2003 IDT's & 2001/2002 Vendor Invoices
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30 2001-2003 Vendor Invoices