Woodson Research Center Special Collections & Archives


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:

These materials are 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 web-based materials highlighting the department's primary source collections. The Woodson Research Center’s strong service tradition and commitment to both analog and digital preservation enhances access to rare materials, and facilitates long-distance study and teaching.

Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion

Beginning in 2021, archivists at the WRC are implementing practices to address harmful or offensive language included as part of legacy description work. To learn more about our mission and action plan for redressing bias in our archives, read Our Commitment to Immediate and Long-Term Action

This is a work in progress; however, if you encounter harmful language in our finding aids or catalogs, please contact us with details about the item at woodson@rice.edu for expeditious action.




Our Online Exhibits
Current Exhibits in Fondren
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Contact Information
Contact Information

The Woodson Research Center is open for onsite research and classes on an appointment basis. Please contact us for an appointment.

Some materials are stored off-site; please call ahead for specific information.


Mailing Address:

Woodson Research Center
Fondren Library MS 44
Rice University
P.O. Box 1892
Houston, TX 77251-1892


Sun: Closed
Mon - Fri: 9:00 am-4:00 pm
Sat: Closed