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Theodore D. Rice Papers

Identifier: WSP002801

Scope and Content

The collection is comprised of four manuscript boxes detailing the career of Dr. Theodore D. Rice and his time at Wayne State University. Records include manuscript materials, correspondence, course-related materials.


  • 1923 - 1982


Language of Materials

Material entirely in English.


Collection is open for research.
Boxes 3-4 require patrons to make an appointment with the AV Department prior to visiting.


Refer to the Walter P. Reuther Library Rules for Use of Archival Materials.


Dr. Theodore D. Rice (1904-1989) was a Professor of Education at Wayne State University (WSU) for fifteen years, from 1957 to 1972. He received his Bachelor of Arts (1927) and Master of Arts (1932) degrees from the University of Denver, and his Ph.D. in Education from Northwestern University in 1943. Before coming to WSU, Dr. Rice worked as a teacher and principal at Yuma County High School from 1927 to 1929, and as a teacher, department head, and supervisor in the Denver Public Schools from 1930 to 1939. He served as an Associate Professor at Oklahoma A&M College from 1945 to 1947, and concurrently as the Assistant Superintendent in charge of curriculum for Oklahoma City Public Schools. Dr. Rice left Oklahoma for New York University (NYU), where he was a Professor for ten years (1947-1957) before coming to Wayne State. He specialized in secondary education. While at NYU, both Dr. Rice and his wife Dr. Chandos Reid Rice, an Assistant Professor at Columbia University’s Teachers College, received Fulbright scholarships to spend a year abroad (1953-1954) at the University of Madras in India. He also spent a sabbatical year as a Visiting Professor of Education in 1964 at the University of Hawaii, and as a Research Scholar at the New Delhi University in India (1964-1965). Dr. Rice was active in local civic organizations and served as the President of the United States (U.S.) Section of the World Education Fellowship, a voluntary and non-partisan UNESCO non-governmental organization. He and his wife spent their retirement years in Colorado, where he stayed active lobbying on behalf of senior citizens and elder issues. Dr, T.D. Rice passed away in Boulder, Colorado in 1989.


4 Linear Feet (3 SB, 1 OS)


Dr. Theodore D. Rice (1904-1989) was a Professor of Education at Wayne State University (WSU) for fifteen years, from 1957 to 1972. He specialized in secondary education.


Papers are arranged chronologically within the collection.


Collection donated to the Wayne State University Walter P. Reuther Library of Labor and Urban Affairs by the Museum of Education, University of South Carolina in 2017.

Transferred Materials

Box 3, containing recordings, and Box 4 containing slides, negatives, and photographs have been transferred to the Reuther Library's AV Department.

Processing History

Processed and finding aid written by Anita Millers on May 21, 2018.
Guide to the Theodore D. Rice Papers.
Processed by Anita Millers.
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Repository Details

Part of the Walter P. Reuther Library Repository

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