Woodson Research Center, Rice University

Guide to the William H. Masterson papers, 1940s-1960s MS 613

creator Masterson, William H. (William Henry), 1914-1983
Title: William H. Masterson papers
Dates: 1940s-1980s
Abstract The collection contains one series of Masterson's academic papers and one series related to his wife, Orvetta Masterson. Correspondence, newsclips, photographs, certificates, Rice-related brochures and information on the Masterson Fund are included.
Identification: MS 613
Quantity: 1.0 linear ft.(2 boxes)
Repository: Woodson Research Center


Born in Houston, William H. Masterson recieved a Bachelor's degree from Rice Institute where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.; he holds masters and doctorate degrees from the University of Pennsylvania. He joined the Rice faculty in 1948 and served as assistant to the president (1957-66), first Master of Hanszen College (1957-66), Dean of Humanities (1959-64), managing editor of the Journal of Southern History and professor of History. He left Rice in 1966 to become president, later Chancellor, of the University of Chattanooga, a position he held until 1972 when he returned to teaching. Named by the Board of Trustees in Feb. 1969 as Rice's fourth president, Masterson declined the appointment after a week due to a flawed selection process. He retired from University of Chattanooga in 1979 and moved to Austin, TX to teach part-time at St. Edward's University and join the staff of the LBJ Library. Masterson died in 1983.

Scope and contents

This collection contains the academic papers of William H. Masterson, former dean of Humanities for RIce University and the first Master of Rice's Hanszen College. Included are newsclips, photographs and the Cameron Service Award.


Access restrictions

This material is open for research.

Restrictions on use

Permission to publish from the William H. Masterson Papers must be obtained from the Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library.

Index Terms

Subjects (Organizations)
Rice University.

Administrative Information

Preferred citation

William H. Masterson Academic Papers (MS 613), Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library.

Acquisitions information

The collection was donated by Masterson's daughter, Ailene Masterson Moodie on July 1, 2013.

Detailed Description of the Collection

Series I: Academic, 1947-1984

Box Folder
1 1 Correspondence 1947-1984
2 Newsclips
2 Rice-related
2 Rice presidency
2 Chatanooga presidency
3 Masterson Fund
4 Certificates
5 Publications
6 Photographs
6 Rice-related
6 Personal
6 Oversize-academic
2 Photo album; commemorative as Hanszen College Master
1 Hugh Scott Cameron Service Award medallion (2)

Series II: Orvetta Masterson, 1957-1968

Box Folder
1 7 Correspondance July 1968
8 Masterson Entertainment Fund 1961-1962, n.d.
9 Hanszen House Journal Book I 1957-1958
10 Hanszen House Journal Book II 1958-1959
11 Hanszen House Journal Book III 1959-1960
12 Hanszen House Journal Book IV 1960-1962