Woodson Research Center, Rice University

Guide to the Rice Hotel memorabilia collection, ca. 1913-1977 UA 241



creator Rice Hotel (Houston, Tex.)
Title: Rice Hotel memorabilia collection
Dates: ca. 1913-1977
Abstract: This collection consists of Rice Hotel (Houston, Tex.) memorabilia and includes menus, drink lists, advertising material, and stationery. Included are a 1913 dinner plate, china and silverplate. In 1886 William Marsh Rice bought the old Capitol Hotel, built in 1882, for unpaid taxes. Rice University obtained the hotel as a bequest from its owner and renamed it the Rice Hotel. Jesse H. Jones purchased the building in 1911, and in 1913 tore it down and replaced it with a new Rice Hotel. The hotel closed in 1977, but the structure was later redesigned as luxury "loft" apartments and reopened in 1988. (1 box)
Identification: UA 241
Identification: 807
Quantity: 8.5 Linear Feet(10 boxes)
Language: English
Repository: Woodson Research Center, Rice University, Houston, Texas

Biographical / Historical

In 1886, William Marsh Rice bought the old Capitol Hotel, built in 1882, for unpaid taxes. Rice University obtained the hotel as a bequest from its owner and renamed it the Rice Hotel. Jesse H. Jones purchased the building in 1911, and in 1913 tore it down and replaced it with a new Rice Hotel. The hotel closed in 1977, but the structure was later redesigned as luxury "loft" apartments and reopened in 1988.


Scope and Contents

This collection consists of hotel memorabilia and includes menus, drink lists, advertising material, and stationery. Included are a 1913 dinner plate, pieces of additional china and silverplate.


Restrictions

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, Fondren Library, Rice University.


Index Terms

memorabilia

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Rice Hotel memorabilia collection, UA 241, Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Received in part from Lee Pecht, 1999 and Greg Marshall, November 2000, and at auction in 2014. Additional material received from Houston Endowment in Dec. 2017.


Detailed Description of the Collection

internalSeries I: Memorabilia

Box Folder
1 1 internalLarge dinner menu
2 internal"Flag Room" menu cover
3 internal"Flag Room" menu
4 internalRice Hotel drink list
5 internalConvention invitation folder, featuring a description of the Rice Hotel logo which included the 6 flags over Texas and the wording "Rice Hotel : Houston's Traditional Host"
6 internal"Rice Roomer," Vol. 1, No. 1 (undated): breakfast menu, wine cellar list, advertisements
7 internal"Convention" brochure, with color images of interior spaces for conventions, ca. 1965
8 internal2 blue hotel brochures, with full color images of interior and exterior amentities, ca. 1970s
9 internal"Welcome to the Rice" booklet of services, ca. 1960s
10 internalHotel stationery and envelopes, undated, various versions of hotel logo; includes first day of issue for the Sam Houston stamp with drawings of Capitol Hotel and Rice Hotel "mailed from The Rice Hotel, site of the first capitol of the Republic of Texas"
11 internalOld Capitol Club "guest" cards
12 internal"Rice Crispies" Secretarial Club card
13 internalRice Hotel room key
14 internalRice Hotel matchbook
15 internalRice Hotel pewter bowl
17 internalRice Hotel metal drink server
clay brick shard from west exterior face 1913
Box
2 Rice Hotel small oval glass serving tray with Rice Hotel crest
Rice Hotel dinner plate 1913
Box
3 Rice Hotel construction #15, framed
Rice Hotel construction #24, framed
Rice Hotel Laundry employees, framed
Box
4 Rice Hotel seal on glass card trays (2)
Water glass
Rice Hotel china
Box
4 Dinner plate with flags motif (chipped)
Soup bowl, large
Serving bowl, oval, medium
Relish dish
Demi-tasse cups (2)
Box
5 Salad plate (2)
Bread/butter plate
Bowl, medium
Bowl, small
Saucer
Coffee cups (2)
Creamer with handle, small
Creamer, no handle, small
Rice Hotel silverplate
Box
6 Platter, oval, small, imprinted "The Rice;" Reed & Barton
Bowl, square, small, imprinted "The Rice;" Reed & Barton
Candle sticks, pair [had been electrified for lamps], "Smith Silver Co., Bridgeport, Conn."
Serving dish, oval, small, Reed & Barton
Tableware: dinner knife, serving spoon; with "The Rice" markings-dinner fork, pickle fork, iced tea spoon, small soup spoon, teaspoons (2)
Metal door plates & knobs (2)
Metal pitcher, small, "Rice Hotel Quality Aluminum Ware"
Printer's block, "Rice Hotel"
Rice Hotel silverplate
Box
7 Sugar bowl with cover, small, Reed & Barton
Serving platter with cover, small
Platter cover, large
Box
8 Rice Hotel plaque for room 1417 (with gargoyle) for hallway identification
Box
9 Rice Hotel crest (metal) mounted on board
Box
10 Rice Hotel bell hop uniforms (2), jacket & pants