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Series I: Business and Estate Ledgers

Woodson Research Center, Rice University

Guide to the William Marsh Rice business and estate ledgers, 1855-1965 UA 102



Title: William Marsh Rice business and estate ledgers
Dates: 1855-1965
Abstract: The business records of William Marsh Rice comprise data on his personal investments, his estate records and those of the Institute: ledgers; journals; cash books; day books; check registers; tax records; bank statements; land surveys; payroll and student accounts; letters to and from Rice himself, family members, business associates, employees, and the administrators of his estate.
Identification: UA 102
Quantity: 58 Linear Feet (58 boxes containing 171 ledgers)
Language: English
Repository: Woodson Research Center, Rice University, Houston, Texas

Biographical Note

William Marsh Rice (1816-1900), founder of William Marsh Rice Institute, now University, was born in Springfield, Massachusetts. A merchant by trade, he moved to Houston after the Panic of 1837 to take advantage of inexpensive land and burgeoning frontier opportunities. With a series of partners and on his own, he became wealthy as an importer-exporter and landowner. He also invested heavily in banking, timber, ships, railroads, cotton and insurance enterprises. Residing in New Jersey, New York City, and Houston after the Civil War, in 1891 he endowed the Institute, which opened in 1912.

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Restrictions

Conditions Governing Access

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.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish material from the William Marsh Rice business and estate ledgers must be facilitated through the Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

William Marsh Rice business and estate ledgers, 1855-1965, UA 102, Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Items donated by Rice University administration in 1993.

Accruals

Additional materials are not expected for this collection.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

Series I: Business and Estate Ledgers

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1 1 Ledger; Old Business; William Marsh Rice; Rice Grocery Store Accounts 1855-1856
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2 2 Ledger; Old Business; William Marsh Rice 1858-1859
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3 3 Ledger; Old Business; William Marsh Rice 1859-1862
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4 4 Ledger; Old Business; William Marsh Rice 1868-1876
5 Ledger; Old Business; William Marsh Rice 1881-1886
6 Ledger; Old Business; William Marsh Rice 1884
7 Letter Book; Legal Miscellany; William Marsh Rice 1884-1897
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5 8 Day Book; William Marsh Rice 1885-1890
9 Ledger; William Marsh Rice 1886-1891
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6 10 Letter Book; William Marsh Rice and Frederick A. Rice [damaged] 1887-1906
11 Ledger; Taxes and Commissions; William Marsh Rice and Frederick A. Rice 1891-1895
12 Account Statements; First National Bank, Houston; William Marsh Rice 1897-1899
13 Account Statements; South Texas National Bank, Houston; William Marsh Rice [missing] 1897-1900
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7 14 Town Lot Properties; Groesbeck, Kosse, Mexia, Bremond, Texas c. 1850-1889
15 Records of Land Transactions 1869-1880
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8 16 Petty Bills Received; Town Lots and Collateral Notes; William Marsh Rice, Estate and Institute 1869-1908
17 Petty Register B-1; Town Lots Notes; William Marsh Rice, Estate and Institute 1896-1911
18 Journal; Town Lots; William Marsh Rice, Estate and Institute 1869-1902
19 Petty Register B-2; Town Lots and Collateral Notes; William Marsh Rice, Estate and Institute 1869-1923
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9 20 Town Lots Properties; Thornton, Wortham, Rice, Calvert, Ferris, Palmer, Hutchins, Melissa, Van Alstyne, Texas c. 1869-1879
21 Town Lots Properties; Giddings, Van Alstyne, Melissa, Rice, Richland, Wortham, Ennis, Palmer, Ferris, Texas 1871-1893
22 Town Lots Properties; Bryan, Ennis, Elgin, Ledbetter, Paige, McDade, Hammond, Richland, Texas 1872-1902
23 Town Lots Properties; Thornton, Wortham, Rice, Calvert, Ferris, Palmer, Hutchins, Melissa, Van Alstyne, Benchley, Texas 1873-1907
24 Town Lots Properties; Elgin and Burton, Texas 1877-1881
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10 25 Town Lots Properties; Records of Land Transactions 1881-1885
26 Day Book; Town Lots Properties 1881-1890
27 Cash Book; Town Lots Properties 1887-1889
28 Ledger; Town Lots Properties 1896-1902
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11 29 Town Lots Properties; Giddings, Hearne, Burton, Perry, Harrison, Texas c. 1888-1908
30 Town Lots Properties; Frederick A. Rice Letter Book 1890-1892
31 Journal; Town Lots Properties 1890-1892
33 Records; Town Lots Properties 1890-1896
34 Town Lots Properties; Letter Book of Frederick A. Rice as Trustee; v. 1 [fragile] 1894-1897
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12 35 Town Lots Properties; Letter Book of Frederick A. Rice as Trustee; v. 2 1896-1896
36 Town Lots Properties; Letter Book of Frederick A. Rice as Trustee; v. 3 1894-1896
37 Cash Book; Town Lots Properties 1894-1901
38 Town Lots Properties 1895-1902
39 Town Lots Properties; Mexia, Texas 1896
40 Town Lots Properties; Assessment Record 1897
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13 32 Journal; Town Lots Properties 1890-1895
41 Cash Book; Town Co. 1902-1907
41a Sales; Town Co.; loose papers 1906-1907
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14 42 Assessment Record; Town Lots Properties c. 1901
43 Sales; Town Lots Properties; Rice Institute 1902-1907
44 Leases; Town Lots Properties; Rice Institute 1907-1927
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15 45 Ledger; William Marsh Rice Real Estate 1892-1893
46 Journal; William Marsh Rice Real Estate 1892-1893
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16 47 Petty Register 3; Town Lots Notes; Rice Institute 1917-1942
48 Lumber Business; Letter Book I; Frederick A. Rice and Henry H. Lummis 1901
49 Lumber Business; Letter Book III; Henry H. Lummis 1902
50 Lumber Business; Letter Book VI; Henry H. Lummis 1903-1904
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17 51 Lumber Business; Letter Book of Frederick A. Rice and Henry H. Lummis 1905
52 Lumber Business; Letter Book of Frederick A. Rice and Henry H. Lummis 1905-1906
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18 53 Lumber Business; Letter Book of Frederick A. Rice and Henry H. Lummis 1906-1907
54 Lumber Business; Letter Book of Frederick A. Rice and Henry H. Lummis 1908
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19 55 Cash Book; Rice Land and Lumber Co. 1911-1918
56 Ledger; Rice Land and Lumber Co.; includes loose papers 1911-1950
57 Journal; Rice Land and Lumber Co. 1911-1950
58 Cash Book; Rice Land and Lumber Co. 1912-1917
59 Journal; Rice Land and Lumber Co. 1917-1921
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20 60 Cash Book; Rice Land and Lumber Co. 1917-1921
61 Press Copy Book; Rice Land and Lumber Co. 1911-1940
62 Journal; Sundries to various towns 1895-1901
63 Taxes; Rice Estate; taxes paid by county 1891-1905
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21 64 Marlin, Texas, Properties; correspondence, receipts, deeds 1892-1965
65 Ledger; Rice Estate Accounts 1900-1901
66 Journal; Rice Estate; Arthur B. Cohn, agent Oct.-Dec. 1900
67 Ledger; Rice Estate; Arthur B. Cohn, agent 1900-1901
68 Journal; Rice Estate Rents 1900-1902
69 Day Book; Rice Estate Rents; includes loose paper 1900-1902
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22 70 Accounts; Rice Estate; Arthur B. Cohn, agent 1901-1902
71 Rice Estate Rents Apr.-Sept. 1901
73 Cash Received; Rice Estate and Institute; Arthur B. Cohn, Agent; includes loose papers Feb.-Dec. 1902
75 Cash Received; Rice Estate and Institute; Arthur B. Cohn, Agent Jan. 1903-Apr. 1905
76 Accounts; Rice Estate and Institute; Arthur B. Cohn, Agent May 1905-June 1907
77 Ledger; William Marsh Rice, Jr., and James A. Baker; Trustees 1904-1907
78 Journal; William Marsh Rice, Jr., and James A. Baker; Trustees 1904-1910
79 Checkbook; Rice Estate with Commercial National Bank, Houston Jan. 1905-Oct. 1906
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23 80 Stock Book; Southeast Texas Oil and Mineral Co. 1901
81 Bills Received; Rice Ranch [binding damaged] 1892-1896
82 Day Book A; Rice Ranch; includes loose papers 1893-1895
83 Ledger C; Rice Ranch [binding damaged] 1894-1896
84 Journal B; Day Book; Rice Ranch 1894-1896
86 Day Book C-3; Rice Ranch [binding damaged] 1896-1898
87 Accounts; Rice Ranch with First National Bank, Houston; includes loose papers 1897-1900
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24 88 blank ledger; discarded
89 Day Book D; Rice Ranch 1899-1900
90 Day Book; Rice Ranch; temporary administration 1900-1901
91 Cash Book; Rice Ranch; Frederick A. Rice 1901
92 Loose Papers of P. M. Granberry; Rice Ranch 1898-1901
93 no description; duplicate of #89 1899-1900
94 Ledger D; Rice Ranch with First National Bank, Houston 1899-1900
95 Day Book; Rice Ranch [missing] 1900-1904
96 Cash Ledger; Rice Ranch [missing] 1901
97 Ledger; Houston Brick Works 1884-1889
98 Ledger; Houston Brick Works 1884-1892
99 Cash Book; Houston Brick Works; includes loose papers 1896-1907
100 Account Statements; Houston Brick Works with South Texas National Bank, Houston 1897-1900
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25 101 Letters to and from William Marsh Rice; General Business [one loose letter to his sister Charlotte, June 30, 1900] Apr.-Sept. 1900
102 Letters to and from William Marsh Rice; General Business Jan.-May 1900
103 Letters Received; William Marsh Rice; General Business [one loose letter dated May 1900] Aug.-Sept. 1900
104 Invoices; William Marsh Rice; General Business June-July 1900
105 Letters Received; William Marsh Rice; General Business [missing] 1900
106 Letters to and from William Marsh Rice, Jr.; General Business Jan.-Mar. 1900
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26 108 Cash Book 1-A; Rice Institute; includes loose papers 1892-1906
109 Journal; Petty Cash; Rice Institute 1900-1902
110 Cash Book; Rice Institute [missing] 1906-1907
111 [no description]
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27 120 Ledger; Rice Institute; includes loose papers 1891-1907
121 Ledger; Rice Institute 1900-1901
122 Special Ledger; Rice Institute 1906-1907
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28 128 Securities Register; Rice Institute [two books] 1911-1917
129 Securities Record; Rice Institute with South Texas Commercial National Bank 1944-1947
130 Bonds Received and Disposition; Rice Institute 1924-1936
131 Journal; Rice Institute; includes loose paper re Houston Brick Works [see #99, Box 24 ] 1891-1907
132 Journal; Rice Institute 1900-1901
133 Special Journal; Rice Institute 1906-1907
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29 139 Bank Deposit Books; Rice Institute with South Texas Commercial National Bank, [two books], City National Bank, South Texas National Bank, [two books], Guardian Trust Co., Union National Bank for Student Loan Fund, [see also Box 33], Houston Land and Trust Co. 1921-1951
140 Account Book #3; Rice Institute with South Texas National Bank 1907-1912
141 Account Book #4; Rice Institute with South Texas Commercial National Bank 1912-1916
142 Account Book #5; Rice Institute with South Texas Commercial National Bank 1917-1923
143 Account Book #6; Rice Institute with South Texas Commercial National Bank 1921-1928
144 Index to Ledger C; Rice Institute [ledger is #124, Box 46]
145 Index to Ledger D; Rice Institute
146 Index to Ledger E; Rice Institute
147 Index to Ledger F; Rice Institute
148 Index to Ledger G; Rice Institute
149 Index to Ledger H; Rice Institute
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30 150 Single Entry Ledger; Loan to John S. Stewart; includes loose papers 1907-1909
151 Register #2; Collateral on notes; Rice Institute; includes loose paper 1920-1940
152 Loose Account Statements and Credits; Rice Institute Nov. 1900-Jan. 1902
153 Estimate on Louisiana Lands; includes plats; Rice Institute 1910
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31 158 Field Notes; Pawnee, Oberlin, Merryville tracts in Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana; includes loose papers [two books] 1907
159 Hotel Register [Benart? see #162] 1914-1915
160 Letter Book; William Marsh Rice, Jr. 1903-1909
161 Letter Book; William Marsh Rice, Jr. 1934-1940
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32 162 Day Book; Cash; Benart Hotel 1915-1917
163 Salaries Payable #1; Rice Institute 1908-1914
164 Salaries Payable #2; Rice Institute 1912-1918
165 Salaries Payable #4; Rice Institute 1921-1925
166 Salaries Payable #5; Rice Institute 1925-1927
167 Salaries Payable #6; Rice Institute [unnumbered blank cash book labeled "A. No. 2 Wm. M. Rice Institute"] 1928-1929
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33 168 Student Loan Fund; Rice Institute; includes loose papers 1922-1928
169 Student Loan Fund; Rice Institute; includes loose papers 1929-1934
170 Student Loan Fund; Rice Institute 1934-1957
171 Student Loan Fund Account Book; Rice Institute; includes loose papers 1921-1936
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34 156 Report on Louisiana Lands; Rice Institute 1907
157 Louisiana Lands Tax Rolls; Rice Institute [missing] 1909
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35 155 Land Transfer Book; Rice Institute 1906-1930
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36 126 Securities Register #2; Rice Institute; includes separate index May 1, 1929-Oct. 3, 1936
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37 125 Securities Register #1; Rice Institute Oct. 1, 1906-Apr. 24, 1929
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38 123 Ledger B; Rice Institute July 1, 1907-Apr. 30, 1913
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39 119 Cash Book D-3; Rice Institute Sept. 30, 1919-Dec. 13, 1920
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40 118 Cash Book D-2; Rice Institute May 1918-Sept. 1919
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41 117 Cash Book D-1; Rice Institute Apr. 1917-May 1918
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42 115 Cash Book C-2; Rice Institute Dec. 1, 1914-Mar. 3, 1916
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43 114 Cash Book C-1; Rice Institute June 1913-Nov. 1914
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44 154 Houston Real Estate and Building Expenses; General Land Expenses 1906-1939
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45 127 Securities Register #3; Rice Institute 1906-1940
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46 124 Ledger C; Rice Institute [index is #144, Box 29] May 1, 1913-Apr. 20, 1917
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47 116 Cash Book C-3; Rice Institute Mar. 3, 1916-Apr. 18, 1917
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48 138 Check and Deposit Register C; Rice Institute Oct. 1916-Oct. 1921
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49 137 Check and Deposit Register B; Rice Institute July 1907-Sept. 1916
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50 136 Journal D; Rice Institute May 1917-Apr. 1921
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51 134 Journal B; Rice Institute July 1907-April 1913
135 Journal C; Rice Institute May 1013-April 1917
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52 72 Cash Book and Journal; Rice Estate Dec. 1902-Oct. 1906
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53 74 Accounts; Rice Estate 1902-1904
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54 85 Ledger B; Rice Ranch; includes separate index 1896-1898
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55 Administration and budget 1939-1940
Departments 1939-1940
Administration and budget 1948-1949
Departments 1948-1949
Administration and budget 1949-1950
Bursar 1949-1950
Departments 1949-1950
Administration 1957-1966
Departments 1961-1966
Student Affairs and Colleges 1957-1966
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56 107 Cash Book B-1; Rice Institute July 1907-Nov. 1911
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57 112 Cash Book B-2; Rice Institute Dec. 1911-Feb. 1913
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58 113 Cash Book B-3; Rice Institute March-May 1913

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