Woodson Research Center, Rice University

Guide to the Rice University Committee on the Library records, 1915-1992 UA 279

creator Rice University
Title: Rice University Committee on the Library records
Dates: 1915-1992
Abstract: The minutes, memoranda, correspondence and reports of the Committee on the Library.
Identification: UA 279
Quantity: 3 Linear Feet(3 boxes)
Language: English
Repository: Woodson Research Center, Rice University, Houston, Texas

Biographical / Historical

Usually called the Library Committee, it is more formally the Standing Committee on the Library, also the Faculty Committee on the Library and the Faculty Library Committee, charged 'to exercise general supervision of the operation of the library and putchase of books for it' (1947) and 'to concern itself with all matters that may influence the effectiveness of Fondren Library and all functions carried out under the Library's auspices' (1986). At first composed only of faculty members, the lbrarian was added to the committee, then undergraduate, graduate and alumni representatives. Examples of the committee's purview: construction, space planning, choosing directors, alotting carrels, the budget, borrowing privileges, membership in professional organizations, fund-raising, self-study, and long-range planning.

Scope and Contents

These records consist of the minutes, memoranda, correspondence and reports of the Committee on the Library.


Chronological order, oldest first. Missing 1918-1945.


Access Restrictions

Access to this material is restricted.

Conditions Governing Use

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

Index Terms

letters (correspondence)
minutes (administrative records)
Rice University

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Rice University Committee on the Library records, 1915-1992, UA 279, Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

President's Papers (Hackerman); Library Committee Chairmen (Higginbotham, Al van Helden, John Boles). Received June 26, 1990; 1995.

Detailed Description of the Collection

Series I: 1915-1975

Box Folder
1 1 Minutes, notes, memos 1915-17
2 Minutes, memos, correspondence, reports 1946-48
3 Minutes, memos, correspondence 1952-67
4 Minutes, memos, correspondence 1968/69-1970/71
5 Policies, correspondence, memos, notes 1970-71
7 Minutes, memos, correspondence 1972/73-1973/74
6 Minutes, memos, correspondence 1971/72
8 Minutes, memos, correspondence, reports 1973/74-1974/75

Series II: 1975-1992

Box Folder
1 9 Memos, correspondence, appointment letters with responses 1975/76-1976/77
10 Minutes, Reserves policy 1977-78
11 Appointment letters with responses and related correspondence 1977/78-1979
Box Folder
2 1 Minutes, memos, notes, reports 1979/80-1981/82
2 Minutes, notes, memos, reports 1982/83
3 ARL statistics 1981/82
4 Minutes, memos, correspondence 1983/84
5 Minutes, memos, correspondence 1983/84 (cont'd)
6 Self-study 1984
7 Minutes, memos, correspondence regarding Woodson Research Center 1984
Box Folder
3 1 Minutes, agendas, memos, notes 1984-85
2 Minutes, notes, memos 1985-86
3 Minutes, notes, memos, reports 1986-87
4 Minutes, reports, memos, correspondence 1989-91
5 Minutes, memos 1992