New guide online with detailed Rice University history!

Reimbursement check for Dr. Edgar Odell Lovett's travel to Houston, 1907

Reimbursement check for Dr. Edgar Odell Lovett’s travel to Houston, 1907

Rice University Early Land Deeds, Contracts and Related Records, 1830-1969, contains records of the early land holdings and dealings of William Marsh Rice and the Rice Institute in 45 Texas counties and 4 Louisiana parishes.It includes original land deeds, acts of sale and surveys, all arranged by county or parish.

The collection also contains material concerning early Rice Institute campus construction, legal matters (including judicial settlements and statements), institutional housekeeping (including receipts and invoices from 1891-1907), and campus area property and construction.

These records fill in pieces of Rice history which are not possible otherwise. For example, receipts from 1907 show that Dr. Edgar Odell Lovett was one of several candidates for the presidency (see Dr. Melissa Kean’s Rice History Corner post on this topic).

Until these records were carefully examined and described, no other primary source documents had been found to clarify the scope of the search for a president. See the full guide to the collection online.

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