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Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Series I: Correspondence and budgets

Series II: Certificates and booklets

Woodson Research Center, Rice University

Guide to the Rice University Honorary Chancellor Office Records, William Houston UA 272



Title: Rice University Honorary Chancellor Office Records, William Houston
Dates: 1961-1968
Abstract The collection consists primarily of correspondence and budget records. Also included are one legal brief (John Coffee et al vs. Rice University) and printed booklets from the inauguration of Kenneth S. Pitzer and the Semicentennial convocation. The Certificate of Merit for Distinction in Physics presented to Dr. Houston is also included.
Identification: UA 272
Quantity: 1.0 box
Language:
Repository: Woodson Research Center, Rice University, Houston, Texas

Biographical / Historical

Inaugurated on April 10, 1947, as the second president of Rice Institute, William V. Houston served in that role until 1960 when a heart attack prompted his decision to resign that office. In the Physics Laboratory he continued his own research, taught one graduate course, and worked with graduate students. In the spring of 1961 he was made Honorary Chancellor, which he remained until his death in 1968. He is the only person in the history of Rice to have had the title Honorary Chancellor.

Dr. Houston’s duties as Honorary Chancellor were at his discretion. The annual budget of his office contained no more than his salary, the salary of his long-time secretary, and modest amounts for office equipment, supplies, and travel. In 1967 he was still teaching one graduate physics course and counseling six graduate students.

Because of his years as university President and his reputation as an internationally prominent physicist, he had formed interesting and well-placed connections which he called upon for the benefit of particular faculty members and the university as a whole. It has been said that he acted “as counselor, facilitator, mediator, and ambassador, all during a period of great transition and change for the university.”

Honorary Chancellor Houston died in 1968 while traveling to attend a series of meetings of physicists.

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Scope and Contents

This collection consists primarily of correspondence for the years 1961 to 1968 and budget records for fiscal years 1965 through 1969. Also included are a legal brief (John Coffee et al. v. Rice University), correspondence concerning the Rice University Semicentennial, and the Certificate of Merit for Distinction in Physics presented to Dr. Houston.

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Restrictions

Conditions Governing Access

This material is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish material from this

collection must be facilitated through the Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library.

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Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Houston, W. V. (William Vermillion) , 1900-
Subjects (Organizations)
Rice University. -- History
Genres
booklets
certificates
financial records
letters (correspondence)
notes

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Related Materials

See also William Houston Papers, Personal papers, MS 426.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Rice University Honorary Chancellor Office Records, William Houston, 1961-1968, MS 272, Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University

Immediate Source of Acquisition

These papers were brought to the Woodson 6-20-96 by Physics Professor Stan Dodds, who said he recovered them from the office of Harold Rorschach, also a physics professor and a colleague of Dr. Wm. Houston.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

Series I: Correspondence and budgets

Box Folder
1 1 Commerce Program Review Committee, 1965-67
2 Correspondence 1961
3 Correspondence 1962
4 Correspondence 1963
5 Correspondence 1964
6 Correspondence 1965
7 Correspondence 1966
8 Correspondence 1967-1968
9 Departmental Budget, FY 1962 & FY 1963
10 Departmental Budget. FY 1964 & FY 1965
11 Departmental Budget, FY 1966 & FY 1967
12 Departmental Budget, FY 1968 & FY 1969
13 Legal Brief (Appellees) John Coffee, et al. vs. Rice University n.d.

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Series II: Certificates and booklets

Box
1 Certificate of Merit to Wm. V. Houston for Distinction in Physics
Printed Booklet: Inauguration of K.S. Pitzer October 10, 1962
Printed Booklet: Rice Semicentennial Convocation October 11, 1962

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