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Biographical Sketch

Scope and Contents

Arrangement

Restrictions

Index Terms

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Series I: Rice University

Series II: Personal

Woodson Research Center, Rice University

Guide to the James R. Sims Papers MS 596



Title: James R. Sims papers, 1924-2002
Dates: 1924 - 2002
Abstract: The papers contain documents, photographs and printed material which document the career of James R. Sims, who taught civil engineering at Rice Institute (later Rice University) beginning in 1942 as an instructor, to becoming the Herman and George R. Brown Chair of Civil Engineering until his retirement in 1987. He then served as the Herman and George R. Brown Professor Emeritus of Civil Engineering from 1987 until his death in 2009.
Identification: MS 596
Quantity: 1.0 cubic ft. (1 carton)
Language:
Repository: Woodson Research Center

Biographical Sketch

James R. Sims helped change the face of Rice in the ’60s and ’70s by leading a $35 million campus renovation project while simultaneously chairing the then-Civil Engineering Department. A 1941 graduate of Rice Institute with a degree in civil engineering, Sims worked briefly as a structural engineer before returning to the university as an instructor in 1942. He earned a master’s degree and doctorate in engineering at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in 1950 and 1956, respectively. The pinnacle in Sims’ career was serving as the national American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) president, a post he held in 1982 in which he advocated the interests of more than 72,000 civil engineers across the nation. Sims also fought tirelessly for stringent educational standards and ethical behavior in the profession and led various committees and working groups at the national, state and local levels of ASCE. The Texas Society of Professional Engineers named Sims Engineer of the Year in 1976 and the Engineers’ Council of Houston gave him its Award of Honor in 1977. He was named Rice Engineering Alumni Outstanding Engineering Alumnus in 1983. The James Redding Sims Scholarship in Civil Engineering, administered by the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, is an endowed scholarship at Rice. James Redding Sims was the Herman and George R. Brown Professor Emeritus of Civil and Environmental Engineering and former vice president of business affairs, when he died in 2009 at the age of 91.

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Scope and Contents

The papers contain documents, photographs and printed material which document the career of James R. Sims, who taught civil engineering at Rice Institute (later Rice University) beginning in 1942 as an instructor, to becoming the Herman and George R. Brown Chair of Civil Engineering until his retirement in 1987. He then served as the Herman and George R. Brown Professor Emeritus of Civil Engineering from 1987 until his death in 2009.

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Arrangement

The James R. Sims papers are organized into two series:
  • Series I: Rice University
  • Series II: Personal

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Restrictions

Access restrictions

This material is open for research.

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish material from the Sims papers must be obtained from the Woodson Research Center.

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Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Contributor (ctb) Brown, George R., 1898-1983. -- Correspondence
Associated name (asn) Lewis B. Ryon
Subjects
Ryon Engineering Laboratory

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

James R. Sims Papers, 1924 -2002, MS 596, Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

 

Series I: Rice University

Rice University Engineering
Folder
1 Engineering Department charimen, 1957-1987
Folder
2 Engineering experiments, photographs
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3 Early Engineering graduate transcript examples
Folder
4 Engineering Department, photographs
Folder
5 Civil Engineering Department, photographs
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6 Civil Engineering Department, history, 1957, 1995-1996
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7 Civil Engineering Department, curriculum, 1961-1963
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8 Civil Engineering Department, meeting, August 16, 1993
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9 Civil Engineering Department, reorganization, April 2001
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10 Mecahnical Engineering Laboratory isntructions
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11 Mechanical Engineering 300 report, 1939
Folder
12 Mechanical Lab, background
Folder
13 A.J. Hartsook Chair, history
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14 Lewis B. Ryon Chair in Engineering, 1972, 1986-1987
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15 George R. Brown Chair, correspondence, information, 1963-1996
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16 "Some Reflections on Engineering at Rice Institute", parts 1 & 2
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17 Correspondence (Includes photographs)
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18 Rice campus scenes, photographs
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19 Excerpts from "Odyssey of a Freshman, 1912" by Harry M. Bulbrook, 1916
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20 "Facts Published About Rice that are not True"
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21 References to the Polytechnic School, chronology of events from the Board of Trustees' minutes
Lewis B. Ryon
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22 Ryon Symposium, 1996
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23 Ryon Laboratory photographs
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24 Album "Presented to L.B. Ryon at Testimonial Dinner Commemorating 40 years at Rice Institute," 1957
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25 Photographs and loose materials from album, 1957
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26 Ryon Building name
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27 Ryon Laboratory groundbreaking, 1962 (Includes photographs)
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28 Ryon Laboratory dedication, November 12, 1965 (Includes photographs)
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29 Lewis B. & Mae R. Ryon biographical information, 1924, 1962-1996 (Includes photographs)
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30 Lewis B. and Mae R. Ryon gifts, 1959-1962, 1980-1986 (Includes photographs)
Rice organizations, associations and awards
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31 Civil/Environmental Engineering awards, April 18, 2002
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32 Engineering Society and Engineering Matters notes from Rice Thresher
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33 Engineering shows, details (Rice Engineering Society)
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34 Chi Epsilon chapter, Rice University, 1995
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35 Association of Rice Alumni Gold Medal, 1997-1999
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36 Alumni Awards lists
Folder
37 Engineers' Council for Professional Development, 1955-1961
Folder
38 Rice Engineering Alumni (REA) article, 1986
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39 Rice ACSE student chapter, 1942, 1995-1996 (Includes photographs)

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Series II: Personal

Folder
40 Louis D. Spaw Anniversary, June 19, 1999 (photograph)
Folder
41 Report of the City Planning Commission, Houston, Texas, 1929
Folder
42 Citicorp Center information, 1995-1996
Folder
43 Franz Brotzen, 1995
Folder
44 Project Mohole (consultant), 1964-1967

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