Woodson Research Center, Rice University

Guide to the Rice University Faculty Women's Club records, 1920-2005



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Rice University Faculty Women's Club
Title: Rice University Faculty Women's Club records
Dates: 1920-2005
Abstract: Minutes, records, correspondence, photographs and other materials documenting the social and charitable activities of the Rice University Faculty Women’s Club.
Identification: Rice UA 127
Quantity: 2.5 cubic feet (5 boxes)
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: Rice University Archives, Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University, Houston, TX

Historical Sketch

Begun in the academic year 1920/21, the club served to introduce new faculty wives to the Rice Institute (there were no female faculty members at that time). Later the club also included women faculty members. The Club has served to welcome new women and families to Rice by providing a social venue in an academic setting. Club members were also involved in charitable activities, such as sewing for the Red Cross, knitting blankets for Ben Taub Hospital, as well as having activities for Rice students and parties for faculty children and for club members. At various times in the club’s history, interest groups included Arts and Crafts, Bridge, Conversational English for International Students, Play Reading, Psychology, Spanish, French, German, Community Service Handicrafts, Gourmet, Museum Study, Ice Skating, Swimming, Tennis, Rice Tutoring Project Supervisors (of Rice students tutoring elementary school children) each of which planned various programs relevant to their interests. They met for coffees, barbecues, Easter Egg hunts, Christmas dances, and various programs related to their interests groups, often at Cohen House or at the homes of the various members.

The club made donations to the Fondren Library in memory of club members and faculty members who passed away. A Loan Closet was also maintained by the members for the benefit of the International graduate students, who were invited to borrow household items from the closet for the duration of their studies at Rice. Occasionally, the club was a recipient of gifts such as silver, china, trays, bowls, china, and a samovar.


Scope and Contents

Minutes, records, correspondence, invitations, photographs, oral histories and other materials documenting the social and charitable activities of the Rice University Faculty Women’s Club. The speakers and menus for the various programs and activities are noted, as well as names of persons memorialized. Directories and other lists often offer the members’ married names as well as their given first names.


 

Arrangement

Series I: Minutes, notes, calendars and correspondence, 1920-2005
Series II: Oral histories, memoirs, memorials, 1950-1997
Series III: Constitution, directories, and club guide, 1948-1989
Series IV: Events and programs, 1982-1997
Series V: Treasury and property records, 1931-2005

Restrictions

Access Restrictions

This material is open for research.

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish from the Rice University Faculty Women's Club records must be obtained from the Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University.


Index Terms

Subjects (Organizations)
Rice University Faculty Women's Club
Formats
Minutes
Correspondence
Invitations
Photographs
Oral histories
Directories
Constitutions

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Rice University Faculty Women's Club records, 1920-2005, Rice University Archives, Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University.

Acquisition Information

Donated by members Elva Gordon, Nancy Boothe, Lorraine Dessler, Ruth Pfeiffer, Frances Brotzen, Kathy Austin, and Mary Dix, over the years 1972, 1983, 1991, 1997, and 2006.


Detailed Description of the Collection

 

Series I: Minutes, notes, calendars and correspondence, 1920-2005

Box Folder
1 1 1920/21-1943/44
2 1944/45-1951/52
3 1952/53-1955/56
4 1955/56-1959/60
5 1960/61-1962/63
6 1963/64
7 1964/65-1965/66
Box Folder
2 1 1966/67
2 1967/68
3 1968/69
4 1969/70
5 1970/1971 (includes 50th anniversary luncheon menu, planning, and comments by Ms. Tsanoff and Ms. Belle Heaps)
6 1971/72
7 1972/73 – 1974/75
8 1975/76 – 1976/77
9 1977-78
10 1970/80-1980/81
Box Folder
3 1 1984/85 – 1985/86
2 1986/87
3 1987/88
4 1988/89
5 1989/90
6 1990/91 (includes photographs of tour of Masters’ houses, and of the Club board)
7 1991/92 (includes photographs of various meetings)
8 1992/93
9 1993/94
10 1994/95
11 1996/97 (includes photographs of various meetings)
12 1997/98
13 1998/99
Box Folder
4 1 1999/2000 – 2001-2002
2 2002/03 – 2004/05



 

Series II: Oral histories, memoirs, memorials, 1950-1997

Box Folder
4 3 Club history notes by Gertrude Bray, 1976 and 1982
4 Oral history interview transcripts and tapes, 1989.
Interview transcripts include Edythe Fulton (wife of J. Street Fulton, Philosophy); Marian Williams interviewed by Lorraine Dessler; Louise Camden interviewed by Virginia Rorschach (wife of Carroll Camden, English)
Tapes include: Marian Williams interviewed by Lorraine Dessler; Edythe Fulton (wife of J. Street Fulton, Philosophy) Camden interviewed by Virginia Rorschach; ; Louise Camden interviewed by Virginia Rorschach; Comments on 50th anniversary by Demaris Hudspeth, Nancy Akers and Ruth Pfeiffer
Box Folder
4 5 Memoirs and photographs, 1979-1997
6 Memorials, 1950s-1996



 

Series III: Constitution, directories, and club guide, 1948-1989

Box Folder
4 7 Constitutions, 1948-1985
8 Directories, 1961-1989 (see also Series I: Minutes, notes, calendars and correspondence for more informally produced directories)
9 Guide for Faculty Families, 1962



 

Series IV: Events and programs, 1982-1997

Box Folder
5 1 Emeritus Coffee, 1982
2 Reading group, 1984-1997. Includes names of chairpersons and members, books read, and photographs of members.
3 75th Anniversary celebration, , April 10, 1996 (booklet, correspondence, photographs)



 

Series V: Treasury and property records, 1931-2005

Box Folder
5 4 Treasury book, 1949/50-1958/59
5 Treasury book, 1959/60 – 1970/71
6 Jewelry orders, 1985-2005 (includes order forms, correspondence, 3 brass owl pins)
7 Inventory of gifts to and property of Club, 1931-1990
8 Loan Closet, 1990-1991