Woodson Research Center, Rice University

Guide to the George R. Miner, Jr. Rice University memorabilia collection, 1926-2002 UA 360

source Miner, George R., 1925-2002
Title: George R. Miner, Jr. Rice memorabilia collection
Dates: 1926-2002
Abstract: The George R. Miner, Jr. Rice memorabilia collection focuses on Rice University athletics. It contains mostly photographs of athletes, coaches, along with action shots of various sports, the majority concerning football. There are also photographs and memorabilia of team reunions, the Rice Athletic Hall of Fame, and Rice alumni events.
Identification: UA 360
Quantity: 5 Linear Feet9 boxes
Language: English
Repository: Woodson Research Center, Rice University, Houston, Texas

Biographical / Historical

George Rufus Miner, Jr. was born in Dallas on Dec. 31, 1926, and grew up in Lake Charles, Louisiana, interrupting his college career to serve in the navy for two years before graduating from Rice Institute in 1950. He majored in mechanical engineering and was a varsity football player. Married to Elaine Dederick (1930-2007) for fifty-two years, he had six children. After graduation, Miner joined his father-in-law's Hosuton-based construction company, becoming president and owner in 1955 and later changed the firm's name to Miner-Dederick. The company was involved in the construction of a number of Houston landmarks and several campus buildings. For decades, Miner was deeply involved in fund raising and alumni affairs. He served two years on the board of governors, was president of the alumni association, endowed several scholarships, was inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame, was named an outstanding engineering alumnus, and in 1995 won the gold medal for his many contributions to the university. He died on Feb. 28, 2002, in Houston, and is buried in Forest Park Lawndale Cemetery.

Scope and Contents

The collection includes notebooks from Miner's undergraduate classes; photographs of Rice athletes and coaches; football ephemera; objects and apparel from his football career and fund-raising achievements.


The collection is arranged in five series with sub-series as appropriate: Series I: Class notebooks and quizzes; Series II: Objects and apparel; Series III: Photographs; Series IV: Sports ephemera; Series V: Honors.


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Index Terms

College students -- Texas
Rice University
Miner, George R., 1925-2002

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

George R. Miner, Jr. Rice memorabilia collection, Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University

Detailed Description of the Collection

Series I: Class Notebooks and quizzes

1 Biology 100 (2 volumes)
Civil Engineering 300 (2 volumes)
Engineering 110
Engineering 250a (surveying) [see Rice History Corner, June 23, 2015]
Engineering 260
Engineering 270
Math 200 (2 volumes)
Math 230
Math 300
2 Mechanical Engineering 300 ( 2 volumes)
Mechanical Engineering 310
Mechanical Engineering 410
Mechanical Engineering 420 (2 volumes)
Mechanical Engineering 440
Physics 100
Physics 200
1 Spanish (with Civil Engineering 300)

Series II: Objects and Apparel

3 Plaque of Coach & Athlete magazine cover, Dec. 1960: "Jess Neely and the King Brothers"
Wooden plaque [see Rice History Corner, June 1, 2015]
4 Rice Owls Southwest Conference 1949 football-shaped bank
Owl Club plaque: George R. Miner for outstanding support of Rice athletics
Association of Rice Alumni president gavel & stand 1992-1993
Piece of gymnasium composition flooring
VHS tape of Rice vs. Texas 1994-10
Basketballs/football necklace; charms-medals acquired by George Miner [possibly high school]
Rice football charms on chain --Orange Bowl 1947, Southwest Conference co-champions 1946
Rice Institute 1950 commencement invitation 1950
Programs: Martel College dedication, Rice Associates dinner
5 Rice necktie
Rice letter sweater 'R'
RIce practice jersey 'Rice AA'

Series III: Photographs

Box Folder
6 1 George Miner 1944, 1986 [see Rice History Corner, June 1, 2015]
Football players, identified
Box Folder
6 2 Raymond "Dale" Callihan '65
2 Richard Chapman '54
2 Larry Davis '70 (2)
2 Paul Giroski '51
2 Vernon Glass '51
2 John Hudson '54
2 Robert Johnson '61 with Barney Kessler
2 Ervin Kalb '16
2 John Kelly Sr. '50
3 Alfred "Ike" Neumann '51 (2)
3 Don Rhoden '53
3 Frank Ryan '58 (2)
3 Jim Vining '66 (2)
3 Malcolm Walker '65
3 Joe Watson '50
4 Football players, unidentified
Football action shots
Box Folder
6 5-6 General
7 Rice 14, Texas 7 1937
8 Rice 13, TCU 0 1946
9 Rice 6, TCU 0 1954
10 Rice v. Baylor 1954
Football team
Box Folder
6 11 1941
12 1944
13 1946; 1986- 40th reunion
14 1947
15 1949
Football coaches
Box Folder
6 16 Red Bale, Bob Bossons, Joe Davis, Bo Hagan, Charlie Moore, Jess Neely, Eddie Wojecki, 3 unidentified 1966
16 Red Bale, Bartosh, Bob Bossons, Bo Hagan, Hess, Nick Lanza, Mayo, Charlie Moore 1968
17 Jess Neely
18 Red Bale retirement celebration?
19 Cohen House remodel
20 Reckling Field
21 Jamail Plaza
22 Shepherd School of Music
23 Will Rice College
24 John Miner
7 Action shots: Sam Mays '36, Harry Witt '36, John Sylvester '36, Bill Wallace
Team photos: late 1940s outside Rice fieldhouse; 1947 Orange Bowl team
Football players: Bill McClanahan cartoon collages of Johnny Burrell 1961, and Frank Ryan/King Hill 1957?
All-America college team, Hamilton Nichols 1944
At Ye Olde College Inn: Joe Davis, Charlie Moore, Cecil Grigg, Ernie Coker, Jess Neely, Don Suman, A.M. Bale

Series IV: Sports ephemera

Box Folder
8 1 George Miner varsity certificate 1944-1946
2 General
3 Hall of Fame football inductees [photo]: William Henry '45, Weldon Humble '47, Froggy Williams '50, Alan Chapman 1970
Other sports
Athletes and coaches, identified
Box Folder
8 4 Claude Bracey '30 (2)
4 George Carlisle (with Bob Hope)
4 Julian Dormant '19
4 John Frankie
4 Fred Hansen '63 (2)
4 Jack Patterson '39
4 Walter E. Red '65
4 Harold Solomon '74
4 Dale W. Spence '56
4 Don Suman
4 John "Buddy" Weaver '50
4 Joe Williams '67
5 Athletes and coaches, unidentified
6 Cross-country team: B.B. Arnold, Emmett Brunson, Fay Hilliard, Russell Lee Jacobe, Sol Kaplan, Jesse M. Willis, James Wilmouth, Jack Yarbrough 1928
7 Basketball teams 1944-1945
8 Basketball players and coach: George Calisle, Larry Phillips, Kendall Rhine, Herb Steinkamp 1964

Series V: Honors

9 "An Evening for Rice's Honor" [Miner as honoree] 1986-09-04
Houston Chronicle article 1986-09-14
"An Evening for Rice's Honor" photo album 1986-09-04
Replica of William M. Rice statue: Mr. & Mrs. George R. Miner, Jr., Founder's Club 1972-73