Woodson Research Center, Rice University

Guide to the William M. Rice family collection, 1880-1960 MS 600



creator Neff, Laura Rice, 1887-1983
creator Rice, Horace Baldwin, 1890-
creator Rice, Jonas Shearn, 1855-1931
Title: William M. Rice family collection
Dates: 1880-1941
Abstract The collection consists primarily of business and personal correspondence of three particular descendants of William Marsh Rice and of the spouse of one of them. Also included are a few items from 1929 and 1930 associated with other family members.
Identification: MS 600
Quantity: 5.0 cubic ft. (10 boxes)
Language:
Repository: Woodson Research Center, Rice University, Houston, Texas

Biographical/Historical note

The particular members of the William Marsh Rice family who are represented in this collection are a nephew, a great niece and her husband, and her cousin (thus great nephew of William Marsh Rice). Jonas Shearn Rice (1855-1931) is the oldest of these descendants. Jonas was the oldest of nine children of Frederick Allyn Rice, the youngest brother of William Marsh Rice (his senior by fourteen years), who brought Frederick into his business ventures.

According to Frederick A. Wallace, a descendant three generations after William Marsh Rice and the compiler of Ancestors & Descendants of the Rice Brothers of Springfield, Massachusetts, Frederick the father of Jonas and his oldest brother (William M.) carried on numerous joint ventures. Wallace writes, “. . . their relationship, which had begun as ‘mentor’ and ‘apprentice,’ so to speak, matured into one of equals, sharing deep trust and affection for each other.” [Frederick A. Wallace, Ancestors & Descendants Of the Rice Brothers of Springfield, Massachusetts, Baltimore, 2005, p. 58]

The woman with the greatest quantity of material of the group represented in this collection, Laura Rice Neff (1887-1983), was the first of three children of Jonas and thus a great niece of William Marsh Rice. There is material also of her husband, Richard W. Neff, in the collection.

The cousin of Laura Rice Neff who is represented is Horace Baldwin Rice (1890-date of death unknown).


Scope and Contents note

The material in this collection, a combination of business and personal correspondence, dates primarily from the first thirty-three years of the twentieth century. It begins with earlier correspondence of Jonas Shearn Rice, the father of Laura Rice Neff, continues with both personal and business correspondence of Laura Rice Neff herself, and of her husband, Richard Wayne Neff. It concludes with the personal and business correspondence of one of Laura Rice Neff’s cousins, Horace Baldwin Rice, one of her Uncle David Rice’s sons. There is a small amount of correspondence of family members Katherine Rice Neuhaus, Hugo V. “Sonny” Neuhaus, Lottie Baldwin Rice Farish, and S. P. Farish from 1929 to 1931.

Contents of the first of the ten boxes represent business activities of Jonas Shearn Rice from 1859 to 1902. Items in the rest of the collection originated between 1900 and 1933. Letters to Laura from her father in 1929 and 1930 fill a box and a half. He died at the age of 76 the year following the last of these letters.


Restrictions

Conditions Governing Access note

This material is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use note

Permission to publish material from the William M. Rice family collection, 1880-1941 must be facilitated through the Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library.


Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Rice, William Marsh, 1816-1900
Genres
financial records
letters (correspondence)
photographs
Family Names
William Marsh Rice family

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation note

William M. Rice family collection, 1880-1941, MS 600. Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University.


Detailed Description of the Collection

Box
1 Series I: Jonas Shearn Rice
Correspondence-general
1 Pre-1900
2 1901-1910
3 1911-1928
4 1929 Jan-June
5 1929 July-Dec
6 1930-1931
7 Undated
8 Capt. James Baker et.al.
10 Family
11 Mrs. J.S. Rice
Correspondence-business
Box Folder
2 1 1859-1901
1902 Jan-June
1902 July-Dec
Box Folder
1 4 1906
Box Folder
2 5 1907
Box Folder
1 6 1908
7 1909
8 1910
9 1911-1912
10 1913-1928
11 1929 Jan-Apr
12 1929 May-Dec
13 1930-1931; 1941
14 Undated
Box Folder
3 1 Prison boards and associated materials
2 Envelopes



Box
3 Series II: Laura Rice Neff
Correspondence-family
3 J.S. Rice, 1929 Feb-Mar
4 J.S. Rice, 1929 May
5 J.S. Rice, 1929 Jun-July
6 J.S. Rice, Aug-Dec
7 J.S. Rice, 1930 May
8 J.S. Rice, 1930 June
9 J.S. Rice, 1930 July
10 J.S. Rice, 1930 Aug
Box Folder
4 1 J.S. Rice, 1930 Sept
2 J.S. Rice, 1930 Oct
3 J.S. Rice, 1930 Nov
4 J.S. Rice, 1930 undated
Correspondence-general
5 Dorothy Hoskins, 1930s
6 1930-1939
7 On death of J.S. Rice, 1931
8 On death of Richard Neff, 1937
9 1940-
Box Folder
5 1 Undated
Correspondence-business
Box Folder
5 2 1899
3 1930-1935
4 1936-1940
5 1941-
6 Undated
Union National Bank statements
7 1927-1937
8 1931 April
9 1931 May
10 1931 June
11 1931 July
12 1931 August
13 1931 September
14 1931 October
15 1931 November
16 1931 December
17 1932
18 Invoices 1935



Series III: Richard Wayne Neff

Correspondence
Box Folder
5 19 1929-1932
20 1930s
Box Folder
6 1 Richard Chatfield
2 "Buff" (dog)



Series IV: Family members

Box
6 Katherine Rice Neuhaus
Correspondence
3 1929
4 1930
5 1931
6 Undated
Hugo V. "Sonny" Neuhaus
Correspondence
7 1929-1931
Lottie Baldwin Rice Farish
Correspondence
8 1929-1930
S.P. Farish
Correspondence
9 1929



Series V: Family printed materials and general

Box Folder
6 10 Banks and banking
Box Folder
7 1 Cards & invitations
2 Christ Church, Houston, 1927
Correspondence, general
4 "Harrison in Texas" [Gen. James E. Harrison]
5 Health-related
6 Houston-related
7 Invoices
8 Legal and tax-related
9 New Hampshire-related
10 Newsclips
11 [Albion R.] Nickerson Memorial Library dedication, 1929
12 Photographs
13 Pocket diaries
14 Poetry
15 Recipes
16 Stationery samples
17 Wedding lunch dvd-Kay Neuhaus
Box
8 Oversize family materials
1 William Marsh RIce and trial-related
2 Will and estate, J.S. Rice
3 Estate trust accounts, J.S. Rice
4 Jewelry inventory
5 Hardeman County, TX, Irrigation Co. payroll, Oct. 1908



Box
9 Series VI: Horace Baldwin Rice
Correspondence
1 Laura Rice Neff, 1929
2 Georgia Dumble Rice (Mrs. H.B.)
3-4 Letters of condolence on death of H.B. Rice, 1929
5 H.B. Rice funeral expenses (corresp., etc.), 1929
6 D. Harvey Dumble
7 Postcards from Panama
8 Envelopes
9 General correspondence
Business
10 Houston Land Investment Co., 1933
11 Houston Orchards Co., 1911
12 Marvel Water Systems
13 Sons of Hermann
14 Texas & Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association, 1925-1930
15 Union National Bank
Box Folder
10 1 Brookline Subdivision, Houston, TX, 1914
2-3 Business, general
4 Cancelled notes, 1914
5 Edgley Rugs, 1932
6 Harbor Refining Co.
7 Harrisburg lot on Ship Channel, 1923
8 [J.S.] Holman survey, 1919
9 Holman tract, 1922
10 Houston Country Club, 1928
11 Houston Land & Trust Co.
12 Houston Telegram Publishing Co.
13 City of Houston Improvement certificate, 1916
14 Kirby Addition, 1914
15 LaPorte, TX, 1912
16 Lumbermans National Bank
17 Oil lease
18 Rice Garage, 1910
19 Roxana Petroleum Co., 1927
20 South End Villa Tract, 1910
21 Taxes
22 Vendor's lien notes, 1919