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Historical Sketch

Scope and Contents Note

Restrictions

Index Terms

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Series I: Frank E. and Carol Sue Vandiver, 1965-1966

Series II: Donald R. and Janis Baker, 1966-1977

Series III: Franz and Frances Brotzen, 1977-1982

Woodson Research Center, Rice University

Guide to the Margarett Root Brown College Masters' records, 1965-2004 UA 345



Title: Margarett Root Brown College Masters' Records
Dates: 1965-2004
Abstract This collection consists of materials collected by former Masters of Brown College, Rice University.
Identification: UA 345
Quantity: 0.75 linear ft.
Language:
Repository: Woodson Research Center

Historical Sketch

In 1963 Jones was the only women's college at Rice, and there was such a severe housing shortage that some Rice women were being housed in another university's dorms. In October of that year, George R. Brown and his wife Alice Pratt Brown donated one million dollars through the Brown Foundation to build a new dorm for women at Rice. The new college was established in memory of their sister-in-law, Margarett Root Brown, (1896-1963) who was the wife of the also late Hermann Brown. Margarett Brown was devoted to the fine arts as an art critic and collector and served on the boards of several of organizations. As a tribute to her love of the arts, the first floor of Brown College houses a wide variety of paintings and antique furniture donated by the George R. Brown family and others.

The College was dedicated on October 3, 1965 and was filled primarily by women who had volunteered to leave Jones College to start a new college. Since then other colleges have been added to Rice, and beginning in 1971 some colleges went co-ed. Brown held out as the last all female college until 1987 when it agreed to accept male members.

The College is an eight-story masonry structure on the northeast campus. The high-rise was devised to spare trees. In 2001 new construction will change the Brown College complex. An addition will connect to Brown College on four levels and will extend west of the College in the area occupied by the current Jones Masters' House.

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Scope and Contents Note

This collection consists of the records of former Brown College Masters, starting with Franz and Frances Brotzen.

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Restrictions

Conditions Governing Access

This material is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish from this material must be obtained from the Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University.

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Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Brotzen, Frances, 1915-2011
Brotzen, Franz R.
Vandiver, Frank Everson, 1925-2005

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Margaret Root Brown College Masters Records, 1965-2004, UA 345, Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Materials donated by Franz Ridgway Brotzen in 2013.

Accruals Note

Additional materials are expected for this collection.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

 

Series I: Frank E. and Carol Sue Vandiver, 1965-1966

Box Folder
1 1 Correspondence 1965-1966

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Series II: Donald R. and Janis Baker, 1966-1977

Box Folder
1 2 Budget 1966-1967
3 College Student Lists 1972/1973
4 Correspondence 1967, 1971-1972, 1975-1976
5 Master's and President's Committee 1970-1971

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Series III: Franz and Frances Brotzen, 1977-1982

General Note
The files in this series contain materials collected primarily by Frances Brotzen during her co-mastership and through her role as a Brown College associate.
Box Folder
1 6 15th Anniversary 1980-1981
7 Associates (photographs) 1982-2000
Box Folder
2 1 Correspondence 1977-2004
2 Events 1977-1982
3 Freshman Week 1977-1982
4 Invoices 1977-1982
5 Masters 1977-1982
6 Newcomer's Handbook 1981/1982
7 Newsclippings 1978-1999
8 Perkins, Margaret "Meg" 1990
9 Rules and Regulations Handbook 1981/1982
10 Student Lists 1982/1983
11 Summer Plans 1977/1978

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