The Masterson Crisis

Press conference with Dr. Masterson and Herb Allen during the during Masterson presidency controversy

Press conference with Dr. Masterson and Herb Allen during the Masterson presidency controversy

In February 1969, the Rice University campus was in turmoil over the decision to make Dr. William H. Masterson the university president. We have recently uploaded a wide range of images from the five-day event. If you would like to learn more specifics about the event, watch Melissa Kean’s “Rice’s ‘Masterson Crisis’: ‘The problem is, what is the university going to be?’

Students during Masterson presidency controversy, wearing tags which read "Welcome Dr. Masterson"

Students wearing tags which read “Welcome Dr. Masterson”

Dr. Masterson speaking with bullhorn during the Masterson presidency controversy

Dr. Masterson speaking with bullhorn

Herzstein Hall featuring paper banner reading "Education without Trust" during the Masterson presidency controversy

Herzstein Hall featuring paper banner reading “Education without Trust”

Students and faculty protesting outdoors during Masterson presidency controversy, wearing "It Can't Happen Here" signs

Students and faculty protesting outdoors wearing “It Can’t Happen Here” signs

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