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.

The Woodson Research Center has launched a site to preserve our community’s experiences of the COVID-19 pandemic. We invite Rice community and Houston-area community members to share your experience of the pandemic with people around the world.

Learn more here: https://covid-19-reflections.rice.edu/

The Woodson Research Center, with the support of Fondren Library, is pleased to support researchers in the topic of activism and social justice with an annual travel grant of up to $2,500. This grant is in honor of Mr. Reginald Moore, longtime community activist in the legacy of convict leasing locally in Sugar Land, Texas, as well as nationally. Learn more

Beginning in 2021, archivists at the WRC are implementing practices to address harmful or offensive language included as part of legacy description work. You can read more about our mission and action plan for redressing bias in our archives here

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.