Woodson Research Center, Rice University

Guide to the Rice University Welfare Committee records, 1961-1972 UA 177

creator Rice University.
Title: Rice University Welfare Committee records
Dates: 1961-1972
Abstract The collection consists of the notes, correspondence, and minutes of the Committee on University Welfare, formed in 1961. It served as a grievance committee until 1971 when the committee disbanded and its functions were taken over by the newly organized Faculty Council and the University Council.
Identification: UA 177
Quantity: 1.0 linear ft. (2 boxes)
Repository: Woodson Research Center, Rice University, Houston, Texas

Biographical/Historical note

The University Welfare Committee, elected in October 1962 by the faculty, met for the first time Nov. 26, 1962. President Pitzer had asked for this committee to consider all matters not dealt with by other committees. Topics were to be initiated within or outside the committee. The members would then examine and criticize issues brought before them and report their findings to President Pitzer and the faculty. The committee functioned somewhat as a grievance committee and dealt with a diverse number of matters over the years which ranged from inadequate lighting on campus, faculty pension plans and tenure, to student-faculty-administration relationships. It was out of the latter issue that in May 1971 a University Council was formed with representatives from the student body, the faculty, and the administration. It functioned as the primary adviser to the president on policy decisions and matters affecting the operation of the University. At the same time a Faculty Council was formed, constituted partly by faculty members of the University Council. The Faculty Council assumed all the duties of the Committee on University Welfare, which disbanded in 1971. (J. McDermott, 5/5/82)

Scope and Contents note

The collection consists of notes, correspondence, and minutes drawn from several sources, primarily President Pitzer’s Papers, Acting President Vandiver and President Hackerman’s Papers. Some were from an unknown source, perhaps the early committee chairmen. There was no cohesive structure to the files and so they were interfiled chronologically. This method shows, in most cases, issues brought before the committee and the process of their resolution from start to finish.


Conditions Governing Access note

Permission to use these papers must be obtained from the President’s Office. Contact woodson@rice.edu for guidance in requesting access.

Conditions Governing Use note

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

Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Pitzer, Kenneth S. (Kenneth Sanborn), 1914-1997
Subjects (Organizations)
Rice University -- history.
Education, Higher--Texas
letters (correspondence)
minutes (administrative records)

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation note

Rice University Committee on Welfare Records, 1961-1972, MS 177, Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Transfered May, 1982 from Rice University Presidents' Papers (Pitzer, Hackerman)

Detailed Description of the Collection

Series I: 1960s

Box Folder
1 1 Notes, Correspondence 1961-1962
2 Minutes, Notes, Correspondence 1962-1963
3 Minutes, Notes, Correspondence 1963-1964
4 Minutes, Notes, Correspondence 1964-1965
5 Minutes, Notes, Correspondence 1964-1965
6 Minutes, Notes, Correspondence 1965-1966
7 Minutes, Notes, Correspondence 1966-1967
Box Folder
2 1 Minutes, Notes, Correspondence 1967-1968
2 Minutes, Notes, Correspondence 1968-1969
3-4 Minutes, Notes, Correspondence 1969-1970

Series II: 1970s

Box Folder
2 5 Minutes, Notes, Correspondence 1970-71
6 Minutes, Notes, Correspondence 1971-1972
7 Undated Material