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Richard A. Rice, 1879-1955
6 boxes (1.9 linear ft.)
Collection number: RG 42

Abstract:
Professor of English. Contains 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:

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. Permission to publish material from the documents must be requested from the Smith College Archives. Smith College owns copyright to any published material relating to college events and activities. Literary rights have been assigned to Smith College.

Smith College Archives
Northampton, MA

Biographical Note

Richard Ashley Rice, 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 of the Collection

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:

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. Permission to publish material from the documents must be requested from the Smith College Archives. Smith College owns copyright to any published material relating to college events and activities. Literary rights have been assigned to Smith College.

Preferred Citation

Please use the following format when citing materials from this collection:

Richard A. Rice Papers, Box #, Smith College Archives.

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
n.d.

Box 1
Correspondence - Family


Box 1
Rice, Richard Austin
1889-1899

Box 1
Rice, Richard Austin
1900-24, n.d.

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.
n.d.

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
n.d.

Box 1
Rice, Anna Mary Dye
n.d.

Box 1
Rice, Jean Macdonald
1938, n.d.

Box 1
Rice, Richard A. Jr.
1928-29, n.d.

Box 1
Rice, Marianne
n.d.

Box 1
Rice, May
1892-1916, n.d.

Box 1
Rice, Roser
1892-1923, n.d.

Box 1
Rice, Roger May
1894-99

Box 1
"Aunt Lollie"
1899-1916, n.d.

Box 1
"Aunt May & Uncle Will"
1891-1928, n.d.

Box 1
Miscellaneous
1879-1916, n.d.

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, n.d.

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
n.d.

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, n.d.

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
n.d.

Box 3
Eighteenth Century Literature - Exams
1929-47, n.d.

Box 3
Eighteenth Century Literature - Reading Lists
n.d.

Box 3
Eighteenth Century Literature - Topics
1942-46

Box 3
George Eliot and Matthew Arnold
1919-24, n.d.

Box 3
History of English Literature
1918-25, n.d

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, n.d.

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

Box 3
Nineteenth Century Prose and Reformers - Topics, Lectures
n.d.

Box 3
Survey of English Literature before 1800 - Exams
1933-42, n.d.

Box 3
Survey of English Literature before 1900 - Reading Lists
n.d.

Box 3
Survey of English Literature before 1800 - Topics
n.d.

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, n.d.

Box 3
Student Papers: A-H
1920-40, n.d.

Box 3
Student Papers: I-W
1929-35, n.d.

Box 4
Tutorial Bibliography
1941

Box 4
Writings


Box 4
Articles, Papers
1892-1936

Box 4
Fiction
n.d.

Box 4
Goethe
n.d.

Box 4
Miscellaneous
n.d.

Box 4
Notes
n.d.

Box 4
Poetry
n.d.

Box 4
Reviews by R.A.R.'s
1918, 1937, n.d.

Box 4
Sampling
n.d.

Box 4
Themes
1902-15, n.d.

Box 5
Thesis
n.d.

Box 5
Yearbooks
1896, 1899

Box 6

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