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Rice Women's Intramural Basketball Team - 1959

Charlie Freeman, the first black undergraduate male at Rice, in Army ROTC - 1965

This online exhibit discusses and explores the huge decisions Rice University made concerning gender/sex and race during the time period of 1957 to 1970. Rice University underwent many changes including the creation of the residential colleges (which included allowing women to live on campus for the first time), the acceptance of Black students into the university, and the establishment of required tuition for all students.

This online exhibit includes treated documents and texts found physically in the Woodson Research Center and digitally on the Rice University Digital Scholarship Archives. Information found in other websites and books pertaining to Rice history is included. In addition, old Rice Campaniles (yearbooks) and any other university documents pertaining to that time period have been consulted for the creation of this exhibit. (See resources) I talked with various members of the Rice community who either attended or worked at Rice during this time period. Lastly, I sought advice from and conferred with the centennial historian Dr. Melissa Kean; the Center for the Study of Women, Gender, and Sexuality; and previous workers on this research project. 

-- Edna Otuomagie, 2016