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Woodson Research Center Special Collections & Archives, Fondren Library, Rice University

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Woodson Research Center Special Collections & Archives, Fondren Library, Rice University


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The mission of the Woodson Research Center, like that of its parent body, the Fondren Library of Rice University in Houston, Texas, is to support the institutional, research and public service programs of the University. The Center collects, organizes, preserves and describes official records of the University, special collections of rare books and manuscripts. It makes these materials available for Rice faculty, students and alumni, as well as local, national and international researchers via exhibitions, lectures, and other public events, and by publishing print and online materials highlighting the department's primary source collections. The Fondren Library is committed to providing the analog and digital preservation support which makes long-term access to its rare and unique materials possible.

Woodson’s collections include the institutional records of Rice University created or used in the course of institutional business; special collections of rare books, personal as well as institutional papers, photographs, audio, video and artifacts materials with the following main areas of interests: Rice University personalities; history of science and humanities; United States Southern history and Civil War; British history and drama; Houston and Texas entrepreneurs, business, performing arts, religion and political activities.

Contact Information

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  • Phone: 713-348-2586
  • Physical Address: 6100 Main Street, Houston, Texas 77005
  • Mailing Address: MS-44, P.O. Box 1892, Houston, Texas 77251-1892


Items from the Woodson Research Center

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Collection Items

Brochure for Port of Houston
Includes information about the "Port Houston," the first diesel electric Fire Boat

Photograph, Rice University Owls Football Championship
Rice University Owls football championship photo, players with victory fingers up

Photograph, Rice University Baseball team in Astrodome
The Rice University baseball team. They are wearing their baseball uniforms and are sitting down in three lines in front of the stadium seats. There are a few people scattered throughout the stadium seats. Original resource is a black and white…

Photograph, Astrodome Construction, Interior View with Workman
The Astrodome was the world's first domed sports stadium, located in Houston, Texas. It was designed by the architecture firms of Hermon Lloyd & W. B. Morgan, and Wilson, Morris, Crain and Anderson. It was completed in November 1964. Arthur E. Jones,…

 Special Newsletter, Additional 9.6 Million Asked By County Commissioners to Construct Domed Stadium
Tax Research Association of Houston and Harris County, special newsletter, announcing County Commissioners requesting additional funding for domed stadium

Photograph, Marching Band on Astrodome Field
Astrodome interior view during college football game, Texas Tech and University of Texas, marching band performance

Architectural Rendering, Exterior View of Astrodome
Astrodome color architectural rendering, exterior view, with trees in foreground

Photograph, Astrodome Interior View During Baseball Game
Interior view during baseball game, Atlanta Braves and Houston Astros

Photograph, Astrodome Interior, Fish-Eye View
Astrodome interior with baseball configuration

Map, Astrodome Stadium Seating
A map of the Astrodome stadium seating. All the gates and entrances are listed are the map. Original is a black and white map.
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