Woodson Research Center, Rice University

Guide to the Early Rice Institute records, 1844-1941 (bulk 1880-1916)



Descriptive Summary

Title Early Rice Institute records
Dates: 1844-1941 (bulk 1880-1916)
Abstract: These records include the original William Marsh Rice murder trial records, and the estate records of Rice, founder of Rice Institute, now Rice University. These records relate to the formation of the idea of the Rice Institute and the activities of its first Board of Trustees in the years before Mr. Rice’s death and to the Institute’s formative years just after his death. The outcomes of the legal proceedings documented in these records, which related to significant financial resources and real estate, played the critical role in the creation of Rice Institute. A small amount of Rice’s personal and business papers are also present.
ID UA 101
Extent 60 lin. ft. (114 boxes)
Language Materials are in English.
Repository: Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University, Houston, TX

Historical Sketch

William Marsh Rice was born in Springfield, Massachusetts on March 14, 1816. He was the third of ten children born to David and Patty Hall Rice. Little is known about Rice's childhood but records indicate that he worked for a while as a shopkeeper in Springfield before deciding to move to Texas in 1838.

Rice started out in business as a merchant in Houston, Texas. His first business partnership with a Barnabas Haskill was formed in 1840 but dissolved by 1842. In 1844 Rice became a commission and forwarding merchant in partnership with Ebenezer B. Nichols, a successful Houston businessman. By 1850 Rice's siblings began to follow him to Houston and assisted in his ventures. On June 29, 1850 Rice married Margaret Bremond whose father Paul was one of Rice's many business partners. In the census of 1860, Rice is listed as having $750,000 in real and personal property, making him one of the wealthiest men in Texas at the time.

On August 13, 1863 Margaret Rice died, possibly from cholera or yellow fever. Shortly after his wife's death, Rice went to Monterrey, Mexico and stayed there until August of 1865 when he returned to Houston. Later in that summer, he went to Massachusetts for business and did not return to Houston until 1866. On June 26, 1867 Rice married for a second time. His second wife was Julia Elizabeth Baldwin Brown, a widow and a daughter of Horace Baldwin, one of the early mayors of Houston. Elizabeth's sister Charlotte was the wife of William's younger brother Frederic.

Rice and his second wife moved to New Jersey to live with Rice's sister Charlotte and her family. Rice and his wife divided their time between New York City and New Jersey with occasional trips to Houston to oversee business.

During one of the Rices' visits to Houston, he was approached by Cesar Maurice Lombardi, who was interested in building a high school in Houston. Rice had been interested in endowing an educational institute of some kind, having revised his will twice previously to include a school for needy boys, first in New Jersey, then in New York City. After the meeting with Lombardi, Rice decided to fund an institute of higher learning in Houston. On May 19, 1891 the charter for the William M. Rice Institute for the Advancement of Literature, Science and Art was incorporated in Austin, Texas. Captain James Addison Baker, William's brother Frederic, Houston businessmen Emanuel Raphael, Cesar Lombardi, James E. McAshan and Alfred S. Richardson were named as the first board of trustees.

In article two of the charter: "(t)he objects, intents, and purposes of this Institution are declared to be the establishment and maintenance, in the City of Houston, Texas, of a Public Library, and the maintenance of an Institution for the Advancement of Literature, Science, Art, Philosophy and Letters; the establishment and maintenance of a Polytechnic school; for procuring and maintaining scientific collections; collections of chemical and philosophical apparatus, mechanical and artistic models, drawings, pictures and statues; and for cultivating other means of instruction ..." The institute was initially endowed with a promissory note for $200,000 to be paid upon Rice's death. Rice revised his will on September 26, 1896 and left the bulk of his estate to his namesake institute.

Elizabeth Rice's health began to fail in the early months of 1896. The Rices moved to Houston in April 1896, hoping the warm weather would improve Elizabeth's condition. On June 1, 1896 Mrs. Rice drew up a new will without her husband's knowledge naming Orren Holt, a Houston lawyer, as her executor. The will claimed that the Rices were residents of Texas (a community property state) and Elizabeth could bequeath half of the Rice estate as she saw fit. Rice moved Elizabeth to a hotel in Waukesha, Wisconsin shortly after the new will was signed. Elizabeth died on July 24, 1896 in Waukesha. Rice returned to New York City. In September 1896 Orren Holt, Elizabeth's executor, filed to probate Elizabeth's last will. Captain Baker, Rice's lawyer, informed Rice of the situation and a court battle began over the will. Rice disputed his wife's claim that she had been a Texas resident since this division of their estate would decrease what was available for the institute.

During the battle over the estate two lawyers became involved with the proceedings and would end up greatly influencing the final results. Captain Baker, a trustee of the Rice Institute, served as William Rice's lawyer. Albert Patrick, the other lawyer, was hired by Orren Holt in 1898 to investigate the residency question in New York City. There Patrick met Charlie Jones, Rice's valet. The two spent a great deal of time together and slowly a plan was formed. At first it seemed that Patrick was only interested in the settlement of the contested will and was looking for any way to win. He convinced Jones, in the spring of 1900, to start poisoning Rice with mecury pills as a way to avoid a court battle. By the summer of 1900 Patrick came up with the idea to forge a will that left the majority of Rice's estate to himself and small sums to relatives and friends. The forged will was dated June 30, 1900.

On September 8, 1900 a hurricane struck the Gulf Coast and one of Rice's businesses, the Merchants and Planters Oil Company, suffered severe damage. The business manager telegraphed that they needed money for repairs and the sum was most of what Rice had available in his bank account. Patrick was worried at the loss of such a large sum of ready cash and he convinced Jones to use chloroform to kill Rice. On September 23, 1900 Rice was murdered by Jones. Patrick, in his haste to get hold of Rice's cash, tried to withdraw money from Rice's bank using a check forged by Jones right after Rice's death. The bank refused to honor the check since Patrick's name was spelled incorrectly. When calling to verify the check with Rice, the bank learned that he was dead. Since the circumstances were suspicious, the bank contacted Rice's Houston lawyer, Captain Baker.

When Baker arrived in New York City, he learned there had been a new will written up by Patrick. Baker was suspicious of the will since Rice had never notified him of any changes to the one Baker had drawn up on September 26, 1896. This suspicion led to a long and sensational trial where Patrick's version of the will was exposed as a forgery and the scheme to kill Rice was discovered. Patrick was found guilty of murder and forgery on March 26, 1902 and was sentenced to die in the electric chair. Jones, who confessed to his part of the events, ended up being released despite being the one who had actually committed the murder. Patrick's sentence was commuted to life imprisonment by the governor of New York, but eventually won a full pardon in 1912.

On February 6, 1902 Orren Holt settled the suit over Elizabeth's will for $200,000. After the trials and settlement, Captain Baker and the original Board of Trustees set about fulfilling Rice's dream to have an institute for higher learning in Houston, Texas. To guide them, the trustees chose an imaginative first president, a young mathematician and astronomer at Princeton University named Edgar Odell Lovett, who signed on as president in 1908. Lovett had earned doctorates both from the Universities of Virginia and Leipzig and had taught at Johns Hopkins, the University of Chicago, and Princeton, the most innovative American universities of the time. The trustees sent him on a worldwide tour of the "competition," where he interviewed faculty, inspected facilities, and developed an inspired vision of what might be accomplished on the plains of Texas with a blank-check charter, a generous endowment, and high ambitions. The goal was a university "of the highest grade" that kept "the standards up and the numbers down." Lovett shaped the university that Rice would become.

The Rice Institute opened on September 23, 1912, the anniversary of Mr. Rice's murder, with 77 students and a dozen faculty. An international academic festival celebrated the opening three weeks later, a spectacular event that brought Rice to the attention of the entire scholarly world. Four years later, at the initial commencement, 35 bachelor degrees and one master's degree were awarded, with the first doctorate conferred in 1918.


Scope and Contents

These records include the original William Marsh Rice murder trial records, and the estate records of Rice, founder of Rice Institute, now Rice University. These records relate to the formation of the idea of the Rice Institute and the activities of its first Board of Trustees in the years before Mr. Rice’s death and to the Institute’s formative years just after his death. The outcomes of the legal proceedings documented in these records, which related to significant financial resources and real estate, played the critical role in the creation of Rice Institute. A small amount of Rice’s personal and business papers are also present.

See Series descriptions in the Detailed Description of the Collection for more information.


 

Arrangement

Series I: Court cases, 1886-1907 (Boxes 1-50)
Series II: WMR will & estate, 1900-1911 (Boxes 51-87)
Series III: Rice Institute, 1882-1941 (bulk 1891-1918) (Boxes 88-97)
Series IV: WMR business records & land titles, 1844-1936 (Boxes 98-113)
Series V: William Marsh Rice, personal and family correspondence, 1867-1900 (Box 114)

Restrictions

Access Restriction

This material is open for research, but requires 24 hrs. for retrieval. Please call ahead at 713-348-2586 or e-mail woodson@rice.edu.

Use Restrictions

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


Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Rice, William Marsh, 1816-1900
Patrick, Albert T.
Baker, James A.
Subjects (Places)
Texas -- Houston -- History - 19th century.
Texas -- Houston -- History - 20th century.
Subjects (Organizations)
Rice University – history.
Formats
Correspondence
Legal documents
Financial documents
Receipts

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Early Rice Institute records, 1844-1941 (bulk 1880-1916), UA 101, Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University.

Acquisition Information

This material was a gift from the law firm Baker, Botts, Shepherd & Coates, and a transfer from within the university, 1962 and 1984.


Detailed Description of the Collection

 

Series I: Court cases, 1886-1907 (Boxes 1-50)

These cases are filed chronologically based on each case’s beginning date. Major cases include cases challenging William Marsh Rice’s late wife’s will and William Marsh Rice’s murder trial. Each generally includes correspondence, notes, and legal documents such as testimony, exhibits, trial documents, affidavits, releases, published versions of the trials, and newsclippings.
The first case is that of William Marsh Rice vs. Orren T. Holt, executor of Mrs. Elizabeth Baldwin Rice’s estate, 1896-1902, regarding Rice’s challenge to his wife’s will. This trial began while W.M. Rice was living and continued after his death. Mrs. Rice’s will assumed that the couple’s property was divisible equally under Texas’ community property law, and would have given away significant funds and lands, including the land on which Rice University sits today. W.M. Rice and his representatives proved that the couple were actually residents of new York and not Texas, making Mrs. Rice’s will essentially null. The lawyer for Mrs. Rice’s executor, Orren T. Holt, was Albert T. Patrick, who features as the defendant in the Rice murder trial. This case was settled in 1903 for $200,000.
The second case is William Marsh Rice’s murder trial, People of the State of NY vs. Patrick, 1900-1902. The evidence available here includes medical and handwriting experts’ testimony, as well as the original glass plate negatives of Rice’s real and alleged signatures used to prove Patrick’s forgery of the 1900 Wm. M. Rice will, which benefited Patrick greatly and essentially scrapped significant plans for the Rice Institute, thereby proving Patrick’s motive for the murder. Patrick was convicted and went to prison, but only a few years later was pardoned and released.
Adele Baldwin vs. W. M. Rice Jr. & executors of Rice will, 1886-1908, the last large case in this series, relates to Mrs. Elizabeth Baldwin Rice’s heirs challenging the executors of W.M. Rice’s estate and is essentially a continuation of William Marsh Rice vs. Orren T. Holt. In November 1905, the case was decided, then appealed. Attorneys included Arthur Turnure of NY, for administrators of estate of E.B. Rice; William B. Hornblower, Atty. for estate of Wm. M. Rice (Hornblower, Byrne, Miller & Potter, of NY); and Oran Holt, Houston representative for E.B. Rice estate, with A.T. Patrick as his NY legal representative (up until the time of his trial and incarceration).
Subseries A: WMR vs. Orren T. Holt, executor of Mrs. Rice’s will, 1894-1904 (Boxes 1-5)
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1 1 Elizabeth Baldwin Rice wills
2 Statements by William Marsh Rice
3 Statements by others
4 Correspondence, 1894-1899
5 Lands belonging to William M. Rice
6 Notes, printed materials
7-8 No. 339 Equity, Circuit Court of U.S., Eastern District of Texas at Galveston
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2 - No. 339 Equity, Circuit Court of U.S., Eastern District of Texas at Galveston, printed version: Depositions: William M. Rice vs. Oran T. Holt, Executor of the Last Will and Testament of Elizabeth B. Rice, deceased. Depositions of William M. Rice and others, on behalf of complainant taken August 1898, before Edward C. Manners, Special Examiner (copy certified by examiner).
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3 1 Depositions: Alice Hanks Adams, Benjamin Perkins Bailey, Anna Baldwin, Edward Banks, John D. Bartine, Charles S. Benedict, C.W. Bocock, Lilla McDougall Boothby, George F. Brown, Charles Carpenter, Isabel H. Carpenter, Louise Clappe, John Cooper .
2 Depositions: Conrad Cramer, Henriette Cruger, Paul Bremond Cruger, Mary Harris Ewer, Clemente Fernandez, George N. Fischer, Blanchard Fosgate, Joseph Fourmy, Furman H. Gise, Mrs. Alexander S. Glassford, William A. Grant, Mary E. House, James H. Jenkins, Lizzie M. Lages, Sara J. Lippincott, David Lowrie
3 Depositions: John Edward Matheson, Morris Meyers, Hannah C. Morris, Lalla Baldwin Morton, Laura Geddes Morton, Nadine Neftel, E. Raphael, Robert S. Reid, Paul Reusch
4 Depositions: Juila D. Roberts, Mrs. Marion Robinson, William Garland Rucker, Walter G. Runyon, John Stafford, Mary E. Todd, Robert Kingsley Tomlin, Mary P. Trapp, Josephine Trust, Katie G. Trust, Mary E. Turnure, Maria Van Alstyne
5 Depositions: Dr. Charles Warner, Ruth A. Watrous, Annie L. Winslow
6 Draft of interrogatories re. E.B. Rice’s rights
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4 1 Names of witnesses, arranged alphabetically
2 Dates of hearings, persons present, witnesses examined
3 Complainant’s exhibits A-F, photographs of Rice property Dunellen, in New Jersey, photos dated November 6, 1899.
4 Transcripts in the record of No. 219 Equity of O.T. Holt, Executor vs. T.W. House et al, District Court of Washington County, Texas, June 6, 1898. Suit relates to disputed interests in various tracts of land. House is a co-defendant of William M. Rice.
5 Memorandum, No. 339 Equity, Rice vs. Holt. Summary of case, undated.
6 Correspondence: James A. Baker Jr. to Spencer Hutchins, August 29, 1899 with enclosure to William M. Rice, August 29, 1899.
7 Correspondence: Collection of letters re. Elizabeth Baldwin Rice and her estate, and to and from A.T. Patrick and O.T. Holt, ca. 1896-1902
8 United States Circuit Court, Southern District of Texas at Houston, Holt vs. William Marsh Rice Institute, C.L. No. 27. Records of case proceedings with index, 1897-1903.
9 Letter from Hutcheson, Campbell and Hutcheson to O.T. Holt regarding Rice estate case, May 15, 1901. This letter describes the essential strengths and weaknesses of Holt’s case against W.M. Rice’s estate and begins to set the groundwork for the eventual settlement.
10-11 Baldwin vs. Rice, summary, 1903
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5 1 Transcript regarding settlement of Rice vs. Holt, n.d.
2 Compromise settlement, March 9, 1904
3 Affidavit of E. Raphael, Secretary, Rice Institute, Aug. 11, 1904
4 Notes, n.d.
Subseries B: People of the State of NY vs. Patrick (William Marsh Rice murder trial 1990-1902), 1894-1907 (Boxes 6-40)
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6 1 People of the State of New York vs. Albert T. Patrick: Volume I Selection of jury, Jan. 20-22, 1902
2 People of the State of New York vs. Albert T. Patrick: Volume II Testimony, Jan. 22-29, 1902
3 People of the State of New York vs. Albert T. Patrick: Volume III Testimony, Jan. 30-Feb. 10, 1902
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7 1 People of the State of New York vs. Albert T. Patrick: Volume IV Testimony, Feb. 11-18, 1902
2-3 People of the State of New York vs. Albert T. Patrick: Volume V Testimony, Feb. 19-27, 1902 [2 folders]
4-5 People of the State of New York vs. Albert T. Patrick: Volume VI Testimony, Feb. 28-March 10, 1902 [2 folders]
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8 1-2 People of the State of New York vs. Albert T. Patrick: Volume VII Testimony, March 11-18, 1902 [2 folders]
3-4 People of the State of New York vs. Albert T. Patrick: Volume VIII Testimony, March 19-April 4, 1902 [2 folders]
5 Unidentified trial proceedings
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9 1-3 Abstracts of testimony (synopses)
4 Affidavits, Statements
5 Statements regarding when people last saw WMR
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10 1-4 Abstracts of testimony (statements, synopses)
Testimony (statements, synopses, examinations…) of individuals
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10 5 Acheson, Harold S.
6 Adams, Charles T.
7 Alsdorf, Edward G.
8 Anderson, Robert C.
9 Aulich, Robert H.
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11 1 Baker, James A. Jr.
2 Baldwin, Lillie
3 Baldwin, William L.
4 Bartine, John D.
5 Bauer, Bessie
6 Blinn, Frederick L.
7 Blinn, Joseph L.
8 Boothby, J.W.
9 Brightwell, James D.
10 Brown, William G.
11 Cahill
12 Capron, Mary
13 Cargill, Ennis
14 Carpenter, Charles
15 Childers
16 Chilson, H.B.
17 Coff, Edward J.
18 Cohn, Arthur B.
19 Coleman, J.M.
20 Costello, Elizabeth
21 Dale, William
22 Decker, Arthur
23 Dunham, Curtis
24 Ettinger, Louis
25 Emory, John T.
26 Fane, John
27 Findlay, Charles H.
28 Ford, Thomas W.
29 Francis, Addie M.
30 Gale, Lucy
31 Gerard, James W.
32 Gould, Charles W. & son
33 Graham, James J.
34 Grant
35 Grotty, A. (alias “W. Bacon”)
36 Guile, Harry J.
37 Hamlin, George N.
38 Harby, Mark E.
39 Harmon, William F.
40 Hertford, William E.
41 Hervey, George
42 Houlehan, John
43 Jayne
44 Johnson, F. Severance
45 Jones, Charles F.
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12 1-4 Jones, Charles F., statements and confession
5 Jones, William Lafayette
6 Kate
7 Knowles, Andrew N.
8 Lansdale
9 LeDuc, Marie Clinton
10 Long, William H.
11 Mallaby, Leonard B.
12 Manners, Edward C.
13 Marshall, Olive
14 Matheson, J.A.
15 Mayer, Joseph D.
16 McCarthy, Charles
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13 1 McHugh, Annie
2 Meldrum, N.S.
3 Melles, Dorothy
4 Mellett, Lillian
5-6 Meyers, Morris
7 Mikanek, Charles
8 Miller, Frank
9 Moore, A.J.P.
10 Moore, J. Owen
11 Moore, W.H.
12 Moran, John H.
13 O’Keefe, John
14 Oliver, Henry
15 Palmer, Richard
16 Pastoriza, Joseph J.
17 Patrick, Albert T.
18 Pedell, Joseph F.
19 Peters, Curtis
20 Petznick, Leah
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14 1 Plowright, Charles
2 Potter, Mark W.
3 Potts, John R.
4 Pratt, James M.
5 Randolph, Andrew T.
6 Raphael, Emanuel
7 Records, Edward
8 Rice, Frederick A.
9 Rice, William M. Jr.
10 Rober
11 Roeder, Gustav C.
12 Rucker, William G.
13 Schepflin, Christian
14 Schmitt, George F.
15 Scott, James J.
16 Scott, Maria
17 Sheerin, Lillian
18-19 Short, David L.
20 Speed, Philip
21 Swenson, Eric P.
22 Teich, Paul
23 Thompson, Martha E.
24 Truesdale, John W.
25 Turner
26 Vallely, James F., Detective
27 Van Alstyne, Maria
28 Voss, George H.
29 Wallace, John H.
30 Westcott, Clarence L.
31 Wetherbee, Walter O.
32 White, Charles T.
33 White, Isaac D.
34 Whittlesey, John E.
35 Willis, Edmund T.
36 Woythaler, Albert B.
37 Wronkow, H.
Individuals’ corroboration of Jones’ testimony
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15 1 Corroboration of Jones
2-3 Supplementary memorandum containing references to the corroboration of testimony of Charles F. Jones at preliminary examination
Medical testimony
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16 1 Expert medical opinions
2 Summaries of testimony
3 Summaries and notes
4 Curry, Walker, M.D.
5 Donlin, -----, M.D.
6 Ewing, James, M.D.
7 Flint, Austin, M.D.
8 Girdner, John, M.D.
9 Hare, Herbert A., M.D.
10 Huncke, Max
11 Jones, William L.
12 Kemp, R.C.
13 Lee, Edward W., M.D.
14 Leuf, A.H.P., M.D.
15 Loomis, Henry P., M.D.
16 Love, Isaac N., M.D.
17 McAllister, John D.
18 Millican, Kenneth W., M.D.
19 Potter, John S.
20 Schultz, Otto H., M.D.
21 Thayer, Alfred E., M.D.
22 Williams, Hamilton, M.D.
23 Witthaus, Rudolph A., M.D.
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17 1 Handwriting expert summaries
2 Handwriting experts lists
3 Lines of questioning regarding handwriting experts
Individuals re. handwriting
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17 4 Ames, Daniel T.
5 Bartlett, Francis
6 Carvalho, David N.
7 Clelland, W.W.M.
8 Courtney, Frances B.
9 Curtis, C.C.
10 Davenport, Bennett F.
11 Decker, David C.
12 Dinsmore, Charles H.
13 Drake, W.A.
14 Dummer, C.H.
15 Ewell, Marshall D.
16 Foote, Clarence
17 Frazer, Persifor
18 Gould, H.D.
19 Gumpel, M.
20 Hagan, William E.
21 Harvey, Louis W.
22 Hay, Edward B.
23 Kinsley, William J.
24 Lederle, Ernst J.
25 Lewis, A.R.
26 Malone, S.G.
27 Mann, R. DeWitt
28 Osborn, Albert S.
29 Pengelly, W.G.
30 Spencer, H.A.
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18 1 Tolman, Henry L.
2 Truesdale, John
3 Tyrrell, John F.
4 Vincent, Peter A. Sr.
5 Wherry, William M.
6 Wood, George W.
7 Worth, Frederick
8 Correspondence
9 Memos on handwriting questioning
10 Competency of handwriting experts
11 Trial notes
12 Expert handwriting opinions
13 Handwriting examination results
14 Signature authentication by bank employees
15 Paper companies
16 Thiel Detective Service Company
Handwriting evidence: Glass plates
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19 1 Documents re. authenticity of signatures, 1881-1906
2 Plates, 1”x4”
3-4 Plates, 3”x8”
5 Plates, broken
6-8 Plates, 8”x10”
9 Examples of signatures, on paper
10 Disputed vs. genuine signatures
11 List of sources of glass photo plates
Exhibits/evidence
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20 1 Lists of exhibits
2 Evidence used during trial
- Albums [2] with samples of Rice’s handwriting
3 Cover of will; samples of model lining
4 Berkshire paper buckling marks
5 Berkshire paper weigh sheets, April & July 1900
6 Berkshire typewriter paper buckling marks/tracings
7 Results of search of Louisiana records
8 Correspondence regarding evidence for Patrick case
Evidence
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21 - Photographic copies of Rice’s signature
- Album: “Photographic exhibits used in the Rice-Patrick Will Case”
- Various copies of Rice wills
- Patrick Folly Illustrated; compiled by American Society of Questioned Document Examiners, 1952
Research
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22 1 Articles, references, notes, etc. re medical questions
2 Time accounts
3 Formation of the William Marsh Rice Institute
4 “Some Date Respecting the History of William Marsh Rice and the Formation of Rice Institute,” Charles A. Boston
5 Minutes of meeting of W.M. Rice Institute board, 1907
6 Joseph Mayer clerkship
7 Albert T. Patrick background
8 David L. Short background
9 Morris Meyers background
10 William Marsh Rice background
11 Compromise of a will
12 American Manufacturing Co. stock materials
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23 - The American Magazine, May 1907
- Offprints regarding chloroform, lungs
- Reports of Cases Decided in the Court of Appeals of the State of New York with notes, references and index, 1901
- Photography and Forgery, July 1901
- Admitted and Disputed Writing in the Molineux Case, 1900
- In Re Molineux versus a Current Cagliostro, 1901
- A Manual of the Study of Documents, 1894
1 Medical Record, 1890
Trial Notes
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24 1 Index of witnesses and scheduled interviews
2 Indictments
3 “Report and recommendation of District Attorney’s office upon indictment for forgery, & petitions & notice of motion to discuss indictments”
4 Correspondence re prosecution of Meyers & Short, June 1908-Jan. 1912
5 Attorneys’ arguments, closings
6 Admissibility of a deed
7 Scheme of treatment for admissibility of testimony
8 Impeachment of a witness
9 Refreshing witness’ memory
10 Competency of testimony
11 Waiver of the right to refuse to testify
12 Notes re: Patrick and Jones
13 Notes re: examinations and statements
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25 1 Points of law
2 Synopsis of points to be taken; special abstracts
3 “Chronological view of the facts in respect to the murder of WMR, Vol 3”
4 Re: Checks
5 Appeal
6 Request to find with relation to order directing examination of Jones as Witness, with supporting background material
7-10 Notes
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26 1 Correspondence, 1900-1902
- Correspondence, 3 bound volumes of carbons with indices
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27-28 - Appeal: Court of Appeals, State of New York. The People of the State of New York against Albert T. Patrick; Case on Appeal from Court of General Session of the Peace, in and for the County of New York, Vol. I-II, Vol. III-IV, 1902
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29 1 New Trial: …Proceedings on motion for a new trial on ground of newly discovered evidence, 1902
2 New Trial: Papers on motion for a new trial
Newsclippings
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30 - Scrapbooks (5)
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31 - Scrapbooks (5)
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32 - Scrapbooks (4)
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33 - Scrapbooks (3), including pardon of Patrick
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34 - Clips, 1903-1905
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35 - Encapsulated clips, Sept. 27-Nov. 1, 1900
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36 - Encapsulated clips, Nov. 2, 1900 – April 2, 1901
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37 - Encapsulated clips, April 2, 1901 – June 28, 1901
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38 - Photocopied clips, Sept. 1900
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39 - Photocopied clips, Oct. 1900
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40 - Photocopied clips, Nov. 1900
Subseries C: Baldwin vs. Rice, 1886-1908 (Boxes 41-49)
Adele Baldwin, Julia Roberts, Marian Roberts Robinson, and Lola Morton Seybel, plaintiffs – against – Wm. Marsh Rice Jr., John D. Bartine, and James A. Baker Jr., executors of the Last Will and Testament of William M. Rice, deceased.
1886-1901
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41 1 Wills of E.B. Rice, 1886, 1892, and 1896
2 Answer of Wm. M. Rice re. E.B. Rice will probate, March 1, 1897
3 Letters re. Possible familial connections with Wm. M. Rice, 1900-1901
4 Opinion and notes on questions of Texas law
5 Summary in relation to values of location & property, 1901
1902
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41 6 Copy of plaintiff’s petition for injunction, Apr. 1902
7 Deft.’s exceptions to petition & motion to dissolve order of restraint, Apr. 4, 1902
8 Complaint, June 1902
9 Adele Baldwin v. Rice documents, 1902
10 Summons and complaint, 1902
11 Petitions of Adele Baldwin in application for letters of admin., with will of E.B. Rice, Oct. 13, 1902
1903
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41 12 Stipulations
13 Surrogate’s Court, Jan. 9, 1903
14 Copy complaint, Jan. 1903
15 Summons and complaint, Jan. 20, 1903
16 Notice of appearance, March 10, 1903
17 Answer draft, undated, unused
18 Draft answer with corrections
19 Answer, April 29, 1903
20 Affidavit of Mark Potter and notice of motion, May 1903
21 Amended answer, May 1903
22 Amended answer “6”, May 1903
23 Notice of trial, Notice of motion for preference & affidavit, May 16, 1903
24 Affidavit of Mark W. Potter, May 20, 1903
25 Affidavit of Jared Harrison & notice of motion to strike out, May 24, 1903
26 Order & notice, June 1903
27 Affidavit of Charles Boston / Motion to strike out, June 6, 1903
28 Affidavit of Mark Potter and notice of motion, June 26, 1903
29 Order and notice, June 26, 1903
30 Reply, July 22, 1903
31 Affidavit of William Harrison & notice of motion, Sept. 8, 1903
32 Affidavit of Charles Boston & order to show cause, Sept. 10, 1903
33 Motion to strike out parts of reply, Sept. 28, 1903
34 Affidavit of Charles A. Boston, Sept. & Oct. 1903
35 Order denying motion to strike out reply & Notice of settlement, Oct. 1903
36 Order denying motion to strike out certain portions of reply, Oct. 14, 1903
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42 1 Proposed order granting commission & Notice of settlement, Nov. 19, 1903
2 Proposed interrogatories, Oct.-Nov., 1903
3 Cross-interrogatories and interrogatories, 1903
4 Cross-interrogatories and interrogatories, Fall 1903
5 Proposed cross-interrogatories, Oct. 1903 – Feb. 1904
1904
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42 6-8 Stipulations of facts, 1904 (3f)
9 Forms and deeds and legatees, 1904
10 Index of depositions
11 Deposition of O. T. Holt, Jan. 1904
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43 1 Depositions, 1904: Charles Boston, 0. T. Holt, William Rice Jr. (nephew), James A. Baker Jr., Charlotte McKee (sister), Minerva Olds (sister)
2 Motion for open commissions, 1904
3 Order granting preference on calendar, Jan. 18, 1904
4 Affidavit of Jared Harrison & Order granting commission, Feb. 3, 1904
5 Affidavit of Charles Boston & Order granting commission and staying of trial of action, March 4, 1904
6 Deposition of E. P. Turner, March, 1904
7 Affidavit of Charles Boston & Notice of motion for order permitting descendants to further amend their answer, March 8, 1904
8 Affidavit of Charles Boston, March 18, 1904
9 Affidavit of Jared Harrison, March 19, 1904
10 Notice containing suggestions by the defendants’ counsel of additional parts of depositions, March 24, 1904
11 Notice, March 24, 1904 (unused)
12 Notification of adjournment of motion to amend answer, March 25, 1904
13 Affidavit of Charles Boston, March 30, 1904
14 Supplemental memo on part of plaintiffs to oppose motion to amend answer, April 6, 1904
15 Notice of trial, April 12, 1904
16 Proposed order granting motion to amend answer, May 1904
17 Affidavits regarding defendants’ motion for re-taxing of costs, May 1904
18 Order grants defendants leave to further amend their answer & Notice of settlement, May 11, 1904
19 Notice of service of amendment to amended answer, May 13, 1904
20 Affidavit and order for reargument of motion, May 19, 1904
21 Exhibits related to the testimony of Atty. A.H. Jayne, May 1904
22 Notice to produce, May 24, 1904
23 Subpoena, James A. Baker Jr., May 24, 1904
24 Proposed case on appeal, May 25, 1904
25 New York Supreme Court Special Term part 5, transcript May 25, 1904
26 Notice to U.S. Fidelity & Guarantee Company, May 31, 1904
27 Order (not used), June 7, 1904
28 Notice of motion to dismiss appeal, June 7, 1904
29 Order & Notice of entry, June 8, 1904
30 Notice of appeal from order, June 22, 1904
31 Abandoned pages from 1st proposed decision, July 1904
32 Notice re. annexed proposed judgment, July 29, 1904
33 Bill of costs & Notice of Taxation, Aug. 8, 1904
34 Bill of costs & Notice of Taxation, Aug. 9, 1904
35 Testimony of James Hussey, Aug. 10, 1904
36 Judgment, Aug. 19, 1904
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44 1 Judgment & Notice of entry, Aug. 19, 1904
2 Order modifying judgment entered Aug. 19, 1904
3 Plaintiffs’ exceptions to findings, Aug. 29, 1904
1904 cont. -- Appeal
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44 4 Papers used in preparation of brief on appeal, n.d.
5 Undertaking on appeal, Sept. 1904
6 Notice of appeal, Sept. 6, 1904
7 Affidavit to oppose motion to dismiss appeal or amend appeal book, Oct. 4, 1904
8 Order denying motion to dismiss appeal, Oct. 17, 1904
9 Appellate division opinion, Oct. 1904
10 Notice of argument, Nov. 25 & 29, 1904
11 Opinion, Dec. 1904
12 Suggestions for insertions in draft of case on appeal, n.d.
13 Appeal notes, n.d.
14 Authorities, precedent, notes at trial, handwritten
1905
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44 15 Stipulations
16 Proposed order modifying judgment & Notice of settlement, Jan. 12, 1905
17 Order modifying judgment & Notice of settlement, Jan. 13, 1905
18 Order modifying judgment, Feb. 3, 1905
19 Judgment of affirmance, Feb. 3, 1905
20 Stipulation waving bond, Feb. 9, 1905
21 Notice of appeal, Feb. 9, 1905
22 Affidavit & Notice of motion, Feb. 14, 1905
23 Affidavit & Consent to preference, Feb. 17, 1905
24 Defendant’s notice of argument, Feb. 27, 1905
25 Consent that argument of appeal be postponed, Sept. 29, 1905
26 Remittitur, Nov. 22, 1905
27 Notice of motion for reargument and other relief, Dec. 20, 1905
1906
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44 28 Stipulations
29 Notes
30 Order on motion for reargument, Feb. 6, 1906 (denied)
31 Order on motion for reargument & Notice of entry, Feb. 6, 1906
32 Bill of costs, Feb. 9, 1906
33 Order on remittitur, Feb. 15, 1906
34 Notice of filing remittitur, Feb. 16, 1906
35 Judgment on remittitur, March 6, 1906
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45 1 Summons and complaints, Nov. 21, 1906 (and drafts)
2 Complaint, n.d.
3 Answer and drafts, Dec. 1906
4 Notice of appearance, Dec. 13, 1906
1907
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45 5 Second action
6 Stipulations
7 Reply, 1907
8 Amended answer, Feb. 1907
9 Affidavit & Notice of Motion for trial by jury of certain specific questions, Feb. 23, 1907
10 Notice of trial
11 Roberts v. Rice memoranda
12 Stipulations, undated
13 Notes, undated
14 Testimony notes
15 Memoranda of Law, Vol. I
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46 1 Memoranda of Law, Vol. II
2 Memoranda of Law (Memoranda trial brief)
3 Memoranda and briefs in Supreme Court
4 Memoranda on rights of spouses
5 Memoranda on collateral attack of judgment
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47 1 Memoranda for defendants in support of motion to strike out matter in the reply
2 General memoranda by Scott, May 1904
3 General memoranda
4 Memoranda notes
5 Memorandum on order presented for settlement by plaintiffs (includes list of which descendants received what amounts of money)
6 Memoranda regarding Answer
7 Summary of papers mentioned in letter by Baker, Botts, Parker & Garwood, Jan. 21, 1904
8 Memoranda regarding costs
9 Assignment from Marian Roberts Robinson and Beverly Robinson to William Marsh Rice Institute, 1907 ($8,533.33)
10 Published briefs
11 Published data re. appeals
Baldwin v. Rice Legal correspondence
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48 1 1901
2 1902
3 1903
4 1904, Jan. – Mar.
5 1904, Apr. – Dec.
6 1905
box folder
49 1 1906
2 1907
3 1908
4 n.d.
Subseries D: Other cases, 1900-1904 (Box 50)
box folder
50 1 Baldwin et al v. Holt
2 Baldwin v. O’Brien, n.d.
3 Adolph Black v. John T. Milliken, Nov. 24, 1902
4 Affidavit of A.T. Patrick in case of Theodore R. Carter against Phillipine C. Allen, July 1900
5 William D. Chase v. Knickerbocker Phosphate Co., Synopsis of brief of Logan, Demond & Hardy
6 Sallie Currie v. James A. Baker Jr. et al as executors of the last will and testament of William M. Rice
7 Swenson & Sons v. Rice, 1904
8 Weatherbee v. Baker / Zeamens v. Baker



 

Series II: WMR will & estate, 1900-1911 (Boxes 51-87)

Includes litigation records related to proving of 1896 Wm. M. Rice will, probate of estate, temporary administration of estate, estate appraisal and taxes, land deeds and titles, inventory of property, correspondence, releases from Rice relatives, judicial settlement of estate and more.
1900
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50 9 Original letter from C.F. Jones to Capt. Baker, regarding Rice will, Jan. 18, 1900
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51 1 Will, William Marsh Rice, June 30, 1900, Albert T. Patrick named as co-executor (forged will)
2 Deed for Harris County property sold by A.T. Patrick to James A. Baker, Jr. and R.S. Lovett, Feb. 6, 1900
3 Writ of prohibition, June 1900
4 Crematory certificate for Wm. M. Rice cremation Sept. 27, 1900, certificate dated 1909, and including note by A.B. Cohn regarding a copy of same certificate being buried in Rice monument on Rice campus, and copy of Aug. 3, 1900 letter from Rice stating his wish to be cremated.
5 Application for Temporary Administration of Rice estate, James A. Baker, Jr., Sept. 28-29, 1900. Also includes documents related to Rice Ranch, First Presbyterian Church, merchants and Planters Oil Company, and other persons and businesses related to Rice’s estate, 1900-1901
6 Land deeds from W.M. Rice to Foster and Magnum, Sept. 1900
7 Lawsuit: First Division City Magistrates’ Court, First District, New York, October 15, 1900: The People, on Complaint of Arthur A. Carey vs. A.T. Patrick and Charles F. Jones, Offense Charged: Forgery. Relates to $25,00 check written by Patrick in Rice’s name. Testimony transcript.
8-9 Proving of Last Will & Testament, 1900
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52 1 Statements re. estate (Patrick, Jones, & others), 1900
2 Estate administration, 1900
3 Correspondence, general
4 Notes, memoranda
5 Nina Belle Rice (infant relative) notes
1901
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52 6-8 Discovery
box folder
53 1-3 Agreements and petitions with relatives
4 Agreements
5 Citations
6 Proving of will of 1896 – notes, precedent
7 Proving of will of 1896
box folder
54 1-4 Proving of will of 1896
box folder
55 1-3 Proving of will of 1896
4 Administration of estate after death of Frederick A. Rice
5 Administration of estate
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56 1 Order for Publication of Citation & Notice of Entry, filed by Albert T. Patrick, executor named in June 30, 1900 will of Wm. M. Rice, on Jan. 16, 1901
2 Estate activity, Galveston, la Porte & Houston Rwy. Co., March 1901
3 Petition for appointment of H. Baldwin Rice as Permanent Administrator, March, 1901
4 Petitions for appointment of Frederick A. Rice (brother of Wm. M. Rice) as Permanent Administrator, March, 1901
5 Answer of William M. Rice Institute, March 9, 1901
6 Documents related to Frederick A. Rice (brother of Wm. M. Rice) as Permanent Administrator of estate, March 26, 1901
7 Final report of Baker as Temporary Administrator of estate, Mar. 27, 1901
8 Estate activity: April 1901
9 April 1901: Merchants and Planters Oil Company: Charter, Articles of Incorporation, description of real and personal property ca. 1901, request for loan from estate to rebuild mill after damage from earlier Galveston storm
10 Harris County, Application for Letters of Temporary Administration of Wm. M. Rice estate, by H. Baldwin Rice, April 12, 1901
11 Surrogate’s Court, NY: Affidavit of James A. Baker, Jr., April 15, 1901
12 Surrogate’s Court, NY: Affidavit of Regularity, Wm. M. Wherry for attys. Hornblower, Byrne, Miller & Potter (HBM&P), May 1901
13 Surrogate’s Court, NY: Petition of John D. Bartine (HBM&P) for an order directing notice of hearing, May 8, 1901
14-16 Temporary Administration of estate, 1901
17 Estate bills receivable
1901-1902
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57 1-2 Probate Proceedings transcripts, Surrogate’s Court. Hon. Frank T. Fitzgerald: Beginning Monday April 8th, 1901 (or is it April 1902) – Apr. 17, 1902, N.Y.
3 Probate Proceedings, Vol II: Beginning June 11, 1902
4 NY papers & Probate Statements
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58 1 Probate memoranda
2 Probate correspondence, notes
3-4 Probate proceedings re. will
5 Authorities
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59 1 Probate, general
2-3 Estate pleadings
4 Correspondence
5-8 Temporary Administration
9 Proving of last will and testament
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60 1-5 Proving of last will and testament
1902
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60 6 Temporary Administration of estate
box folder
61 1-3 Temporary Administration of estate
4-5 Agreements
6 Relatives (powers of attorneys, etc.)
7 Writ of Prohibition against 1900 will
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62 1 Writ of Prohibition against 1900 will
2 Administration, including correspondence re. $7 million bond
3 Estate inventory and appraisal, Feb. 19, 1902
4 Alternative writ of prohibition
5 Writ of Prohibition
6 Judicial settlement of estate, incl. Letter from Patrick to Baker demanding return of estate items
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63 1 Albert T. Patrick appeal
2 Land deeds, 1902-1904
3 Deeds in Holt settlement
4 Correspondence
5 Financial documents and land deeds
6-9 Proving of last will and testament
10 New Jersey tax
1903
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64 1 Request for trial regarding 1896 v. 1900 will
2 Estate appraisal
3 Proving of Last Will and Testament
4 Correspondence
5 Administration
6-7 Estate pleadings, 1903-1904
8 Memoranda
1904
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65 1 Correspondence
2 Correspondence, financial
3 Statement for cash paid for insurance, taxes, and improvements to the Elkwood property
4 Tax appraisal
5 N.Y. Tax / Baker deposition
6 Report of Disposition of Amounts Paid in Settlement by Rice Institute
7 Judicial settlement of account of executors, March-April, 1904
8 Judicial settlement
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66 1-2 Judicial settlement
3 Settlement of estate
4 Final accounting
5 Other litigation papers (Zeamans v. Rice estate, Weatherbee v. Rice estate)
1905
box folder
66 6 Appraisal
7 Releases
1907
box folder
66 8 Judicial settlement & various notes
9 Estate of Dr. Curry v. Rice
1907
box folder
66 10 Relatives’ authorizations for attorneys
11 Indemnity documents
12 Relatives’ assignments and releases
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67 1 Relatives’ assignments and releases
2-3 Releases and receipts
4 Unused forms of decree for final settlement, Sept. 17, 1907
5-7 Judicial settlement of estate
8 Decree finally settling account and ordering distribution
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68 1 Settlement regarding assignment of bonds and release for surety companies
2 Settlement of Minerva Olds trust
3 Settlement of Drawing Room Society of N.Y. , including information on Louisiana lands
4 General assignment of assets
5 Receipts for sums paid to relatives
6 Receipts and releases
7 Releases and assignments
8 Memorandum for Mr. Byrne
9 Receipt for papers received, Feb. 14, 1908
1910
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68 10 People v. Patrick as related to Rice estate
11 Trust funds, 1904-1910
1911
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69 1 Memoranda for Mr. Byrne
2 Correspondence re. pardon of Patrick, effect on estate, Oct. 13, 1909-1915
3 Memoranda re. Patrick
4 Nina Belle Rice business
5 Notes regarding personal property in Texas
6 Divorce research, general
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70 1 Notes and discovery re forgery, 1900-1907
2 Accounting of papers and their whereabouts
3 Time account, Sept. 29, 1900-July 6, 1903
4 Mr. Byrne’s opinion, 1912, re. Section 2563 of code, & incl. Correspondence re. forgeries
5 Estate notes, n.d.
6-7 Memoranda
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71 1-3 Memoranda
box folder
72 1-6 Memoranda
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73 1-5 Memoranda
6 Various published portions of estate litigation
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74 1 Various published portions of estate litigation, proof of law
Estate Correspondence, general
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75 1 October 1, 1900-December 1901, and n.d.
2 Jan.-March, 1901
3 April-June, 1901
4 July- Sept., 1901
5 Oct.-Dec., 1901
6 HBM&P and BBB&L correspondence, March - April 1901
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76 1-2 1902
3 Estate settlement, 1902
4 April-Sept., 1902
5 Oct.-Dec., 1902
box folder
77 1-2 1903
Baker correspondence (incoming and outgoing carbons, including 1900 mss notebooks)
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77 3 Sept. 24-30, 1900
4 Oct. 1-8, 1900
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78 1 Oct. 9-14, 1900
2 Oct. 5-20, 1900
3 Notebooks, ca. 1900
4 Oct. 21-31, 1900
5 Nov. 1-15, 1900
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79 1 Nov. 16-30, 1900
2 Dec., 1900
3 Jan., 1901
4 Feb., 1901
5 March, 1901
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80 1 April, 1901
2 May, 1901
3 June-Aug., 1901
4 Sept.-Oct., 1901
5 Nov.-Dec., 1901
6 January, 1902
7 Feb., 1902
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81 1 March, 1902
2 April-May, 1902
3 June, 1902
4 July, 1902
5 August, 1902
6 Sept., 1902
7 October, 1902
8 Nov., 1902
9 Dec., 1902
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82 1 1906
2-4 1907
5 1911-1914
H.B. Rice files, Temp. & Perm. Administration, 1901-1906
box folder
83 1 Dec. 1901 – Feb. 1902
2 March – Sept., 1902
3 Oct.-Dec., 1902
4 Jan.-Sept., 1903
5 Oct. 1903 – Dec. 1904
N.Y. Executors, 1902-1904
box folder
84 1 1902
2 Jan. – May, 1903
3 June – Nov. 1903
4 Dec. 1903 – Feb. 1904
5 March – May, 1904
box folder
85 1 June-Dec., 1904
2 1905
3 1906
4 1907
NY Executors/TX Administrators, 1902-1904
box folder
85 5 Dec. 30, 1902 – April, 1903
6 May 1903 – April 1904
Texas Administrators: probate of will correspondence
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86 1 Legal documents and correspondence
2 Sept. 1903-Dec. 1904
3 Jan.-July, 1905
4 Aug.-Dec., 1905
5 Jan.-June, 1906
6 July 1906 - Oct. 1907
Suits against the Rice Institute (as Rice estate)
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87 1-3 Harrison County v. Rice Institute, 1906-07
4-6 Rice Institute v. Lena Geiseke, 1905-1914



 

Series III: Rice Institute, 1882-1941 (bulk 1891-1918) (Boxes 88-97)

This series includes documentation of early Rice Board of Trustees activities, revealing some of the very first attempts to shape the Institute. Correspondence, particularly with Capt. James A. Baker, Board meeting minutes, financial documents, loan documents showing how Rice Institute acted as a bank for real estate and business ventures, and Board research on charitable institutions and other universities’ and colleges’ charters and reports.
Subseries A: General Correspondence (primarily with Baker Botts Baker and Lovett), 1882-1918
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88 1 1882 WMR Will
2 1893 WMR Will
3 Letters and papers, 1891-1889
4 1900, Swenson Bank checks
5 Letters and papers, 1900-1901
6 Letters and papers, 1902-1903
7 Letters and papers, 1904-1906
8 Letters and papers, after transfer, Sept.-Dec., 1906
9 Letters and papers, after transfer, Jan. – Mar., 1907
10 Letters and papers, after transfer, Apr.-July, 1907
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89 1 Letters and papers, 1907
2 Letters and papers, Jan.-April, 1908
3 Letters and papers, May-Dec., 1908
4 Letters and papers, transfers, 1908
5 Inventories, 1908
6 Letters and papers, Jan.-June, 1909
7 Letters and papers, July-Nov., 1909
8 Letters and papers, Dec. 1909 – Nov. 1910
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90 1 Letters and papers, Dec. 1910 – Apr. 1911
2 Letters and papers, May-August, 1911
3 Letters and papers, Oct. 1911 – Oct. 1912
4 Letters and papers, Nov. 1912 – April 1913
5 Letters and papers, May – Sept. 1913
6 Letters and papers, Oct. 1913 – Feb. 1914
7 Letters and papers, March – August, 1914
8 Letters and papers, Sept. 1914 – Feb. 1915
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91 1 Letters and papers, March – July 1915
2 Letters and papers, Sept. 1915 – Jan. 1916
3 Letters and papers, Feb. – Sept. 1916
4 Letters and papers, Oct. 1916 – Jan. 1917
5 Letters and papers, Feb. – Sept. 1917
6 Letters and papers, Oct. 1917 – July 1918
Subseries B: Financial correspondence, 1907-1941
box folder
91 7 Financial correspondence, 1907-1908
8 Financial correspondence, 1908-1912, 1928-1941
Subseries C: Loans from Rice Institute
Dates reflect the dates of the documents, not necessarily the range of dates of the loans.
box folder
92 1 Loan: Mrs. Elizabeth Achenbach et al, 1913
2 Loan: Austin College, 1913-1919
3 Purchase from R.H. Baker, 1914
4 Loan: S.F. Carter, 1914
5 Loan: Andrew Dow, 1913
6 Loan: L.A. Hamburger & Gus Dreyling, 1909
7 Extension agreement: Edgewood Realty Co. & Southern Loan and Investment Co., 1910-1920
8 Loan: First M. E. Church South, 1911
9 Lots: M.E. Foster, 1914
10 Loan: Ella S. Heyer, 1911
11 Loan: Bettie Palmer M. Hutcheson, 1914
12 Loan: Jesse Jones and Southern Loan and Investment Co., 1913
13 Substitute of Collateral by Jesse Jones and Southern Loan and Investment Co., 1914-1917
14 Loan: Jesse Jones, 1916-1917
15 Jesse Jones Application for Exchange Security, Chronicle Bonds, 1918-1922
16 Loan: August E. Kutschbach, 1914
17 Loan: Louisa Jones, 1917
18 Deed: Guardian Trust Co. to Rice Institute, 1920
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93 1-2 Masterson v. Rice Institute, 1894-1906
3 Loan: George T. Moore, 1913
4 Indebtedness of Merchants and Planters Oil Co., 1916-1918
5 Loan: George W. Norrell, 1914-1916
6 Loan: Mrs. S.M. Palmer, 1914
7 Loan: H.B. Rice, 1909
8 Loan: Mrs. M.E. Roberts, 1913-1914
9 Loan: J.D. and Ellen B. Ross, 1910-1913
10 Loan: Settegast Realty Co., 1913-1914
11 Extension: John S. Stuart & Mrs. Rachel B. Stewart, 1910-1913
12 Extension of note: G.C. Street, 1914-1929
13 Wm. M. Rice note ($200,000) payable to Rice Institute, and Deed of gift document original and 1 copy from William M. Rice to James A. Baker et al, trustees, for the use of the William M. Rice Institute for the Advancement of Literature, Science and Art.
Subseries D: Officer files
box folder
94 1-4 A.B. Cohn, Asst. Sec. to Board, and Business Manager, files, 1901-1934
E. Raphael, Secretary, Rice Institute
box folder
94 5 Clippings, 1910-1912
6-8 Correspondence, 1891-1913
9 Dickens Fellowship clippings
10 Raphael Bros., business documents, 1908-1909
11 West Texas oil correspondence and reports, A.L. Raphael, 1931-1954
Subseries E: Chronological files
Correspondence, financial notes.
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95 1 1891
2 1892
3 1893
4 1894
5 1895
6 1896
7 1897
8 1898
9 1899
10 1900
11 1901
12 1902
13 1903
14 1904
15 1905
16 1906
17 1907
18 1908
19 1909
20 Undated
Subseries F: Board inquiries to other universities and colleges
box folder
96 1 Statements regarding intentions for Rice Institute, 1900
2 Research on charitable institutions
box folder
97 1 Inquiry correspondence
- Charters and reports from other institutions



 

Series IV: WMR business records & land titles, 1844-1936, bulk 1880-1900 (Boxes 98-113)

Financial and legal correspondence, receipts, promissory notes, and records of land holdings (titles and deeds) in this series document Wm. M. Rice’s business dealings and name many of his financial holdings, business agents and legal advisors.
Subseries A: Business correspondence & documents, 1858-1900
box folder
98 1 Adams, Charles T., 1896-1899
2-4 Baker, Botts, Baker & Lovett, 1894-1900
5 Capitol Hotel financial records, 1884-1899
6-7 Cohn, A.B., 1896-1897
box folder
99 1-3 Cohn, A.B., 1898-1899, undated
4 Doucette, A.B., 1897-1899
5-8 First National Bank of Houston, incl. Deposit & withdrawal slips, 1890- 1900
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100 1 First National Bank, Orange, TX, 1897-1900
2 Galveston Wharf Company, 1893, 1898-1899
3 Gold Eagle Lodge shares, 1880
4 Granberry, P.M., 1897-1900
5 Hervey, Frank A., 1897-1899
6 Houston Brazos and Northern Railway Company, 1899-1900
7 Houston Brick Works Company, 1884-1908
8 Houston Drug Company, 1899-1900
9 Houston Land and Trust Company, 1897-1900
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101 1-2 Mackey block (concerning), 1896-1900
3 Merchants and Planters Oil Company, 1893-1900
4 Moody, W.L. & Co., 1894-1899
5 O’Brien, J.P., 1892-1901
6 Parks, A.R. & J.W., 1858-1869
7-8 Rice, Frederick A., 1882-1900
9 Rice, William Marsh, Jr., 1897-1899
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102 1 Rice, William Marsh, 1900
2 Rucker, W.G., 1895-1900
3 Sabine Tram Company, 1896-1900
4 S.M. Swenson and Sons, 1891-1900
Subseries B: Chronological correspondence and documents
box folder
102 5 1880, 1882, 1884, 1892
6 1893, 1894
box folder
103 1 1895
2 1896-1897
3 1898
4 1899
5 1900
6 WMR correspondence only, 1900
Subseries C: Receipts and business documents
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104 1 Abilene Ice Company, 1897
2 Abel, J.A., n.d.
3 Abney, W.B., 1897-1899
4 Alamo Iron Works, 1897
5 American Manufacturing Co., 1899
6 Ater, A.B., 1897-1898
7 Barbour, Edmund D., 1898
8 Bartine, J.D., 1899
9 Beissner, F.W., 1898
10 Benson, C.P., 1896-1898
11 Best and Russell Co., 1897
12 Bocock, C.W., 1897
13 Brewster, Mary C., 1878-1899
14 Brooke, H.D., 1898-1899
15 Burkitt, G.W., 1897
16 Calcasieu River Lumber Co., 1898
17 Campbell, W. S., 1899-1900
18 Carpenter, Charles, 1896-1899
19 Carson, Philip, 1897-1899
20 Central Iron Works, 1897
21 Chew, J.C., 1899
22 Citizens Electric Light and Power Co., 1900
23 C.L. Jones & Sons, 1897
24 Cregan, B.T., 1896-1899
25 Darragh, John, 1898
26 De Cordova & Sons, 1894-1900
27 Dobbs, J.L., 1897
28 Elms, Chas. S., 1898
29 Ennis, Cornelius, 1870-1896
30 Eaton, Alfred P., 1897
31 Ferrell, C.C., 1898
32 Fifth Avenue Trust Co., 1899
33 First National Bank, Lake Charles, 1898-1899
34 First Presbyterian Church, Houston, 1895
35 Foster, W.H., 1895
36 Franklin, Robert M., 1898
37 Franklin, Thomas R., 1897-1898
38 Freuss, Grace, 1897
39 George, Mary C., 1898
40 Gibbons Manufacturing Co., 1898
41 Gibbs, W.S., 1899
42 Graham, G.A., 1894
43 Graham, M.K., 1899
44 Gregory, J.B., 1899
45 Groesbeeck, Abraham, 1899
46 Goresbeeck & Rice, 1857-1859
47 Hamilton, H., 1898
48 Hamilton Bros., 1898
49 H.M. Trueheart & Co., 1889
50 House, Thomas William, 1898
51 Houston & Galveston Navigation Co., 1866
52 Houston & Great Northern, 1871
53 Houston Drug Co., 1899-1900
54 Houston, East and West Texas Railway Co., 1897
55 Houston Electric Light and Power Co., 1890
56 Houston Gas Light Co., 1898
57 Houston & Texas Central Railway Co., 1861-1870
58 Houston Ice & Brewing Co., 1892-1898
59 Houston Insurance Co., 1867-1869
60 Houston Lyceum, 1899
61 Houston Post, 1899
62 Hunter, William, 1899
63 Hyatt, F.A., 1896-1899
64 Jackson, Hugh, 1898
65 Jefferson Ice Co., 1897
66 Jefferson Real Estate and Abstract Co., 1899
67 Jemison, E.S., 1893-1894
68 Jenkins, J.H., 1896-1898
69 Johnson & Akin, 1899
70 Kirby, R.H., 1899
71 Kley (?), Ida B., 1900
72 Korst, G.E., 1899
73 Lawlor, Jas., 1897-1898
74 LeDuc, Marie, n.d.
75 Liberty National Bank, 1899
76 McFarland, A., 1897
77 McPhaill, R.C., 1899
78 Mahan, Jno. J., 1895-1897
79 Marks, H.R., 1867-1899
80 Martin & George, 1896-1897
81 Matthews & Browning, 1898
82 Mayer, Kahn & Freiberg, 1897
83 Miller, L., 1895
84 Mills, Chas. Edgar, 1897
85 Mills, J.E., 1897
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105 1 New York and Texas Land Co., 1898-1899
2 Nichols, F. McC., 1897
3 O’Neal, W.H., n.d.
4 Parker, Charles E., 1896
5 Parker, Edwin B., 1899
6 Porter, George L., 1886-1899
7 Porter, Hugh, 1897
8 Pruitt, Ed., 1896
9 Randolph, A.T., 1896-1900
10 Raphael, Emmanuel, 1897-1898
11 Rees & Rees, 1897
12 Rice & Nichols, 1857-1860
13 Robinson, Mary L., 1897
14 Ryan, Rosine, 1899
15 San Antonio & Brownsville Railway Co., 1899
16 Scott, C.T., 1899
17 Scott, T.M., 1897-1899
18 Shepard, D.P., 1897
19 Simmler, J.H., 1897
20 Sligh, W. B., 1896
21 Smith, Chas. Oliver, 1896
22 Stanberry, A.B., 1897
23 Steiner, Jno., 1896-1898
24 Stephens, R.B., 1896-1899
25 Sydnor, Ella Hutchins, 1898
26 Terry, Judge J.W., 1897
27 Texas Life Insurance Co., 1897
28 Texas Loan & Investment Co., 1897
29 Texas Star Soap Co. of 1891, 1892
30 Texas State Historical Association, 1898
31 Thomson & Donnan, 1892-1900
32 Tinsley, Thomas, 1899
33 Tomlinson, John C., 1896-1898
34 Turner, William Baker, 1898
35 Tyler Ice Co., 1897
36 United States Express Co., 1897
37 Wallis, C.L., 1896-1897
38 W.B. Wallis & Co., 1896-1897
39 Wetherbee, W.O., 1893-1898
40 Whitaker, A., 1892-1897
41 Whittelseay, J.E., 1898
42 Wm. D. Cleveland & Co., 1897-1899
43 Wm. M. Rice & Co., 1853-1866
44 William M. Rice Building, 1894
45 Wilson, Harvey T.D., 1899
46 Wingate, Thomas C., 18999
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106 1-8 South Texas National Bank, credit and return slips
9-10 South Texas National Bank, correspondence, 1895-1900
Subseries D: Financial and legal documents
box folder
107 1 1854, 1860, 1863
2 1865-1866
3 1867-1869
4 1870-1873, 1879, 1881, 1888
5 1891-1900
6 1882 WMR Will
7 Property inventory
8 Checks, deposit slips (Swenson and Sons Bank, NY)
box folder
108 1 Bills and receipts, 1895-1899
2 Rice Ranch, 1892-1900
Subseries E: Original land titles and related documents
General by year
box folder
109 1 1844-1855
2 1857
3 1858-1876, incl. one Austin College bond
4 1880s-1890s
5 Undated
General by County name (Texas Counties unless otherwise noted)
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110 1 Cameron and Sabine Counties, Louisiana; Hampden Co., Mass.; Somerset Co., New Jersey, 1883-1898
2 Austin, Bastrop, Bexar, Bosque, Burnet, 1868-1905
3 Collin, Comanche, Denton, Falls, Fayette, Fort Bend, Galveston, Gonzales, Grayson, 1868-1898
4-5 Harris, 1866-1904
6 Trinity, Tyler, 1880-1903
7 Uvalde, Walker, Wharton, Young, 1870-1907
Townsite Syndicate Land Title documents
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111 1 Bastrop County, 1868-1913
2 Bexar, Bosque, Brazos Counties, 1867-1892
3 Caldwell, Collin, Colorado, Comanche Counties, 1851-1890
4 Dallas County, 1845-1902
5 Denton County, 1855-1898
6 Ellis County, 1870-1908
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112 1 Freestone, Galveston, Grayson Counties, 1871-1907
2 Hill, Hunt, Jasper Counties, 1856-1900
3 Jefferson, Johnson, Kaufman Counties, 1855-1904
4 Lampasas, Lee Counties, 1894-1936
5 Limestone County, 1866-1921
6 Madison, Marion, Mason, McClennan, McCulloch, 1855-1898
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113 1 Menard & Milam Counties, 1845-1891
2 Montague, Montgomery Counties, 1879-1897
3 Navarro County, 1858-1903
4 Newton, Parker, Polk, Refugio Counties, 1863-1886
5 Robertson County, 1866-1921
6 San Saba, Tarrant, Tom Green Counties, 1878-1898
7 Travis, Washington Counties, 1856-1878



 

Series V: William Marsh Rice, personal and family correspondence, 1867-1900 (Box 114)

This series includes a small amount of family correspondence, personal receipts for items such as clothing at Lord &Taylor, and Wm. M. Rice’s certificate of membership in the Holland Lodge No. 1 of the Ancient, Free and Accepted Masons.
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114 1 Baldwin, Adele M., 1896
2 Blinn, Frederick L., 1899
3 Brown, Anne Baldwin, 1896
4 Deane, Maria, 1898 (cousin)
5 McKee, Carrie A., 1896 (niece)
6 McKee, Charlotte S., 1898-1899 (sister)
7 Olds, Minvera Rice, 1899 (sister)
8 Rice, Charlotte Maria Baldwin, 1898-1900 (sister-in-law)
9 Rice, Frederick Allyn, 1867-1889 (brother)
10 Rice, George Converse, 1899 (nephew)
11 Rice, Horace Baldwin, 1892-1896 (nephew)
12 Rice, Minnie, 1898-1899 (niece)
13 Turnure, Mary E., n.d. (relation?)
14 Personal invoices (Lord & Taylor, etc.)
15 William Marsh Rice, Mason membership certificate, 1880