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Richard A. Rice papers, 1879-1955
2.458 linear feet (6 containers)
Collection number: CA.MS.00324

Abstract:
Richard A. Rice was a professor of English at Smith College. His papers contain biographical material, correspondence, course materials, writings and photographs.

Terms of Access and Use:

Restrictions on access:

The records are open for research according to the regulations of the Smith College Archives without any additional restrictions.

Restrictions on use:

To the extent that they own copyright, Richard A. Rice, Jr. and Marianne R. Zagorski. have assigned the copyright of Professor Rice's works to Smith College; however, copyright in other items in this collection may be held by their respective creators. For reproductions of materials that are governed by fair use as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission to cite or publish is required. For instances which may regard materials in the collection not created by Professor Rice, researchers are responsible for determining who may hold materials' copyrights and obtaining approval from them. Researchers do not need anything further from Smith College Special Collections to move forward with their use.

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Biographical / Historical

Richard Ashley Rice, an authority on Lord Byron and a professor of English at Smith College from 1916-1946, was born in Burlington, Vermont on January 29, 1878, to Richard Austin and Marion Rice. He received his B.A. from Williams College in 1899, his M.A. from Harvard in 1903, and went on to study at the Sorbonne in Paris in 1906. Rice taught at Lawrenceville School, the high school from which he also graduated in 1896, from 1899-1900, the United States Naval Academy from 1903-06, Harvard University from 1907-09, and Indiana University from 1909-16 before he came to Smith in 1916. Rice specialized in 18th and 19th century English literature and was considered an authority on Lord Byron. His publications include: A Book of Narratives, Tom Jones (abridged), Studies of Wordsworth and Byron, College and the Future, The Best of Byron, Robert Louis Stevenson, and Rousseau and the Poetry of Nature. He also contributed to a number of magazines, including The Atlantic, Harper's and Independent, and wrote a number of mystery novels, short stories and poems. Rice became Professor Emeritus at his retirement in 1946 and taught at Wesleyan University for a year as visiting professor. Rice married three times, first to Anna Mary Dye in 1916, then to Jean D. Macdonald in 1933, and lastly to Frona M. Brooks Huges in 1951. He died on August 6, 1955 at the Newton-Wellesley Hospital in Newton, Massachusetts. Rice was survived by Frona, class of 1922, a son, Richard Ashley Rice, Jr., a daughter, Marianne Rice Zagorski, and two stepdaughters, Octavia and Anne Hughes.

Scope and Contents

This collection includes biographical material, writings and photographs of Rice and of his family. The correspondence contains letters to Rice's parents, wives, children, and extended family as well as to his many friends including former students. There are fourteen letters written from Rice's first wife Anna Mary Dye to Rice and their children from Germany in 1934-36. His other correspondents include Vachel Lindsay, William Allan Neilson, A. Seelye Bixler and Mina Kirstein Curtiss. The first folder of professional correspondence contains employment letters from the various colleges at which Rice worked, as well as correspondence with doctors. The course materials include lecture notes, exams and reading lists for many of Rice's various literature courses, as well as student papers from various classes in the 1920s and 1930s.


Information on Use
Terms of Access and Use
Restrictions on access:

The records are open for research according to the regulations of the Smith College Archives without any additional restrictions.

Restrictions on use:

To the extent that they own copyright, Richard A. Rice, Jr. and Marianne R. Zagorski. have assigned the copyright of Professor Rice's works to Smith College; however, copyright in other items in this collection may be held by their respective creators. For reproductions of materials that are governed by fair use as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission to cite or publish is required. For instances which may regard materials in the collection not created by Professor Rice, researchers are responsible for determining who may hold materials' copyrights and obtaining approval from them. Researchers do not need anything further from Smith College Special Collections to move forward with their use.

Preferred Citation

Richard A. Rice, College Archives, CA-MS-00324, Smith College Special Collections, Northampton, Massachusetts.

History of the Collection

The Richard A. Rice papers were donated to the College Archives by Rice's son, Richard A. Rice, Jr., and his daughter Marianne R. Zagorski.


Additional Information
Contact Information
Smith College Special Collections
Young Library
4 Tyler Drive
Northampton, MA 01063

Phone: (413) 585-2970
Fax: (413) 585-2886

Email: specialcollections@smith.edu
URL: https://www.smith.edu/libraries/special-collections
Language
English

Contents List
Biography
1895-1955

Box 1
Photographs
undated

Box 1
Correspondence - Family


Box 1
Rice, Richard Austin
1889-1899

Box 1
Rice, Richard Austin
1900-24 undated

Box 1
Rice, Richard Austin & Marion
1891-1916

Box 1
Rice, Marion F.
1889-93

Box 1
Rice, Marion F.
1894-99

Box 1
Rice, Marion F.
1900-25

Box 1
Rice, Marion F.
undated

Box 1
Rice, Anna Mary Dye
1919-22

Box 1
Rice, Anna Mary Dye
1923-29

Box 1
Rice, Anna Mary Dye
1934-36

Box 1
Rice, Anna Mary Dye
undated

Box 1
Rice, Anna Mary Dye
undated

Box 1
Rice, Jean Macdonald
1938 undated

Box 1
Rice, Richard A. Jr.
1928-29 undated

Box 1
Rice, Marianne
undated

Box 1
Rice, May
1892-1916 undated

Box 1
Rice, Roser
1892-1923 undated

Box 1
Rice, Roger May
1894-99

Box 1
"Aunt Lollie"
1899-1916 undated

Box 1
"Aunt May & Uncle Will"
1891-1928 undated

Box 1
Miscellaneous
1879-1916 undated

Box 2
Correspondence - Friends


Box 2
A-B
1907-28

Box 2
C
1897-1945

Box 2
D-F
1906-25

Box 2
G
1906-25

Box 2
H
1903-31

Box 2
K-M
1891-1921

Box 2
N-R
1907-45

Box 2
S-W
1891-1933

Box 2
Ayres, Ann
1926-28

Box 2
Gassaut, Katherine
1903-16

Box 2
Hopkins, Charlotte
1898-03 undated

Box 2
Hubbell, Juliette Emily
1899-1900

Box 2
Hubbell, Juliette Emily
1901

Box 2
Hubbell, Juliette Emily
1902-16

Box 2
Hubbell, Juliette Emily
undated

Box 2
Le favour, Henry
1892-1916

Box 2
Osborne, Lithgow
1908-09

Box 2
Perry, Lewis & Margaret
1892-1928

Box 2
Rutter, May
1902-28

Box 2
Todd, Charles F.
1921-29

Box 2
Young, Karl & Frances
1905-29

Box 2
Unidentified
1892-1949 undated

Box 2
Professional


Box 2
General
1905-51

Box 3
Publishers
1904-28

Box 3
Course Materials


Box 3
Backgrounds of Modern Literature
1944-46

Box 3
Browning
undated

Box 3
Eighteenth Century Literature - Exams
1929-47 undated

Box 3
Eighteenth Century Literature - Reading Lists
undated

Box 3
Eighteenth Century Literature - Topics
1942-46

Box 3
George Eliot and Matthew Arnold
1919-24 undated

Box 3
History of English Literature
1918-25 undated

Box 3
Modern European History - Exams
1919

Box 3
Nineteenth Century Prose - Lectures, Exams
1917-24

Box 3
Nineteenth Century Prose and Reformers - Exams
1925-44 undated

Box 3
Nineteenth Century Prose and Reformers - Reading Lists
1941-44

Box 3
Nineteenth Century Prose and Reformers - Topics, Lectures
undated

Box 3
Survey of English Literature before 1800 - Exams
1933-42 undated

Box 3
Survey of English Literature before 1900 - Reading Lists
undated

Box 3
Survey of English Literature before 1800 - Topics
undated

Box 3
Types of English Prose Fiction - Exam
1934

Box 3
General Honors Exams; Comprehensive Exams
1924-34 1946

Box 3
Reports on Honors Exams & Theses
1926-38

Box 3
Special Honors- 18th Century
1926 1935

Box 3
Special Honors- 19th Century
1924-38 undated

Box 3
Student Papers: A-H
1920-40 undated

Box 3
Student Papers: I-W
1929-35 undated

Box 4
Tutorial Bibliography
1941

Box 4
Writings


Box 4
Articles, Papers
1892-1936

Box 4
Fiction
undated

Box 4
Goethe
undated

Box 4
Miscellaneous
undated

Box 4
Notes
undated

Box 4
Poetry
undated

Box 4
Reviews by R.A.R.'s
1918 1937 undated

Box 4
Sampling
undated

Box 4
Themes
1902-15 undated

Box 5
Thesis
undated

Box 5
Yearbooks
1896 1899

Box 6

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Subjects
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