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Restrictions

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Series I: Bioengineering articles and reports, 1960-1994

Series II: Rice University Vice President for Administration, Reader Files, 1980-1986

Series III: Rice University administrative subject files, 1974-1992

Series IV: Personal ephemera, 1987-1994 and undated

Woodson Research Center, Rice University

Guide to the William W. Akers Chemical Engineering papers and Rice University Vice President for Administration records, 1960-1994 UA 154



creator Akers, William W.
Title: William W. Akers Chemical Engineering papers and Rice University Vice President for Administration records
Dates: 1960-1994
Abstract: The bulk of these records relate to Akers’ administrative roles at Rice University, particularly as Vice President for Administration. Correspondence, memos, articles, newsclippings reflect his interests both as university administrator and as professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering.
Identification: UA 154
Quantity: 4 Linear Feet (8 boxes)
Language: English
Repository: Woodson Research Center, Rice University, Houston, Texas

Biographical / Historical

William W. Akers, Professor Emeritus of Chemical Engineering at Rice University, earned his bachelors degree from Texas Tech University (1943) and his doctorate from the University of Michigan (1950). Professor Akers rose to prominence in the 1960's when he directed research in coordination with the Baylor College of Medicine that produced the first artificial heart. He chaired the chemical engineering department from 1955 to 1965. Since 1973 he has served Rice administratively as development director, vice president for external affairs, and as vice president for administration, while continuing to teach courses in separations processes and process design. He has represented the university in a wide variety of external relationships and is the author or coauthor of more than forty technical publications.

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Scope and Contents

The bulk of these records relate to Akers’ administrative roles at Rice University, particularly as Vice President for Administration. Correspondence, memos, articles, newsclippings reflect his interests both as university administrator and as professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering. Materials related to the U.S. Civil War and owned by Akers are also present.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

This material is open for research. Stored off-site at the Library Service Center. Please request this material via woodson@rice.edu or call 713-348-2586.

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish material from the William W. Akers Chemical Engineering papers and Rice University Vice President for Administration records must be obtained from the Woodson Research Center.

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Index Terms

daguerreotypes
military uniforms
United States
photographs
Soldiers
corrrespondence
Gracie, Archibald

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

William W. Akers Chemical Engineering papers and Rice University Vice President for Administration records, 1960-1994, UA 154, Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University.

Acquisition Information

This material was transferred in June 2007.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

Series I: Bioengineering articles and reports, 1960-1994

Box Folder
1 1 AIChE (1992)
2 Artificial Heart Program Final Report (1966)
3 Chemical Engineering (1989)
4 “Crimes and Punishment Article” (1980s)
5-6 Engineering Data Book (1972)
7 Miscellaneous Articles/Papers (1960)
8 Plant Pamphlets (1980s)
9 “Process Design Projects at Penn: 100 Problem Statements” (1994)
10-11 Vista Chemical Scholarship Program (1989)

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Series II: Rice University Vice President for Administration, Reader Files, 1980-1986

Box
2-4 1980-1984
Box
4-6 1984-1986

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Series III: Rice University administrative subject files, 1974-1992

Box Folder
6 1 Energy Conservation Study for Rice University (1974)
2-4 Energy (1985-1988)
5 Rice University Fund Council Fall Meeting (1992)
6 Graphs (1987)
7 Rice University Master Plan for Growth (1983)
8 Cesar Pelli Brochure (1985)
9 Physical Plant (1986)
Box Folder
7 1-2 Plant (1988)
3 Plant/HLP (1988)
4 Physical Plant/HLP (1989)
5 Shepherd School of Music (1987)
6 A Music Building for the Shepherd School of Music (1987)

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Series IV: Personal ephemera, 1987-1994 and undated

Box Folder
8 1-2 Space Survey (1987)
3 Eyeglasses (in case)
4 Nameplate ("W.W. Akers")
5 Resume/Personal (1994)
6 Stationery/Envelopes/Business cards

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