Woodson Research Center, 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

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


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