Woodson Research Center, Rice University

Guide to the James Castañeda Rice University sports-related records, 1929-2007 UA 365

source Castaneda, James A.
Title: James Castañeda Rice University sports-related records
Dates: 1929-2007
Abstract: This collection is comprised of materials gathered by Dr. James Castañeda over forty-seven years of involvement with athletics at Rice University. There are records pertaining to the two sports he coached, baseball and golf, as well as the full range of sports partici- pated in by Rice students. Also included are materials relating to both the “R” Association, which is made up of winners of varsity letters, the Owl Club, whose members are donors supporting Rice athletics, and the Student Athletic Committee.
Identification: UA 365
Quantity: 2.5 Linear Feet3 boxes
Language: English
Repository: Woodson Research Center, Rice University, Houston, Texas

Biographical / Historical

James A. Castañeda came to Rice University in 1961 with a dual appointment as professor and coach, his responsibilities as assistant professor of Spanish being dominant. In his forty-seven years on the faculty, he rose to become first, full professor in 1967, and then chairman of the Department of Classics, Italian, Spanish, and Portuguese. His first coaching position was as head freshman and assistant varsity baseball coach. In 1983 he became Rice’s golf coach, which he continued to be until 1998.

Castañeda was also very active in committee work related to athletics. He was Rice’s N.C.A.A. faculty representative for 28 years. In 2002, and perhaps close to his death in 2008, he was serving on the Western Athletic Conference’s Executive Committee and on the N.C.A.A. as chair of the Academics Eligibility Compliance Cabinet and chairman of the Initial Eligibility Committee.

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of material gathered by James Castañada over forty-seven years of involvement with athletics at Rice University. The sports represented are baseball, basketball, bowling, football, golf, swimming, tennis, track and field, and volleyball. There is also information on club sports and intramurals.

Financial information relates to a Fund Council in 1996, a capital campaign in 2007, and budgets for certain “R” Association activities, for the Owl Club (donors supporting Rice athletics), and for the Golf Team Booster Club, including awardees of golf scholarships.

There are records of participants in Rice varsity athletics and awards of varsity letters covering the years 1929 through 2005. Additional information about the “R” Association is included, as are profiles of Owl Club members in 1998-1999. Other groups represented by materials in the collection are the Rice University Athletics Committee and the Student Athletic Committee. The 2008 Department of Intercollegiate Athletics report, “Update on the Strategic Planning Process” is also included.


Conditions Governing Access

Stored off-site at the Library Service Center. Please request this material via woodson@rice.edu or call 713-348-2586.

Conditions Governing Access

This material is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish from this material must be facilitated through the Woodson Research Center.

Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Castaneda, James A.
Subjects (Organizations)
Rice University. "R" Association
Rice University -- Athletics
financial records
letters (correspondence)

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Jim Castañeda Rice University sports-related records, 1929-2007, UA 365, Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Transferred from the Athletics Department, summer of 2015

Detailed Description of the Collection

Individual sports

box folder
1 1 Baseball Reckling Park opening 2000
2 Baseball general 1979-2007
3 Baseball general 2002
4 Basketball 1975-2004
5 Bowling 1969-1984
6 Football 1970-1979
7 Golf 1990-1994
8 Golf team fund raising
9 Swimming
10 Tennis
11 Track & Field
12 Volleyball
13 Club sports
14 Intramurals


box folder
1 15 Fund Council 1996
16 Capital campaign 2007
17-19 Budgets


box folder
1 20 Owl Club member profiles A-Z 1998-1999
21 Owl Club member profiles 1998-1999
22-23 'R' Association
24 Rice University Athletics Cmte.
25-28 Student Athletic Cmte. 2002-2003
box folder
2 2-3 SAC Administrative Relations 2002-2004
4 SAC budget 2002-2003
5-6 SAC Campus Relations 2002-2004
7-8 SAC Career Services 2002-2004
9-10 SAC Community Relations
11 SAC Community Services 2002-2003
12 Board of Trustees Athletics Subcommittee report 2004-04
13 NCAA Division I-A Athletics Certification Self-Study Report on Rice University 1999-01-29
14 Athletics Steering Cmte.


Awards and honors
2 Bob Quin Award
16 Ed T. Smith Award in Athletics
17 Honors
18 Away games
19 "Character Counts !"
20 Hardship waivers
21 Athletics admissions
22 Athletics criticism
23 Athletics facilities
24 Chris Jones allegations 1995
25 Olympians
26 Season tickets
27 Team meetings
28 Alan Chapman, faculty athletics representative 1970-1979
29 Sports Information Office 1971
30 Insurance 1974
31 Majors
32 Scholarships
33 Rifle team
34 School songs 1963
35 Publications
36 Dept. of Intercollegiate Athletics report, "Update on the Strategic Planning Process" 2008
37 Rice history
box folder
3 1 Participants in [Rice] varsity athletics and awards of varsity letters 1929-1974
2 Awards of varsity letters 1975-1991
3 Awards of varsity letters 1991-2005