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French Institute: Rice Family Collection

Rice Family Collection

Rice Family CollectionPauline and Arthur Rice, May 1999


Extent: 4 boxes, some books shelved separately.

Other Storage Formats: Some publications in the collection are shelved separately (SS)

Linear feet: 9.2 linear feet

Language: French and English. 

Pauline and Arthur Rice, May 1999

Image courtesy of the Rice family

Provenance/Source of Acquisition: This collection was created by the Rice family over roughly 4 generations and was last kept by Pauline Lambert Rice at the Rice Funeral Home. After her passing, the collection was identified by her children, and was shortly thereafter donated by Suzanne Rice Simoncini in late 2022/early 2023. The music collection was the first donation, with the rest following shortly thereafter.

Ownership and Literary Rights: The Rice Family Collection is the physical property of the French Institute, Assumption University. Literary rights, including copyright, belong to the authors or their legal heirs and assigns.

Cite As: Rice Family Collection, French Institute, Assumption University

Restrictions on Access: 

The collection is available to researchers and other interested parties. Permission for use or reproduction can be obtained from the director of the French Institute, and is subject to the Institute’s user policies.

Scope & Content: 

The Rice Family Collection documents the Rice family of Worcester, MA. Although the collection spans four generations, the bulk of the collection relates to Arthur F. Rice and Pauline Lambert Rice. The collection consists largely of Pauline's personal music collection of sheet music and song books, a good portion of which were created by or for Franco-Americans. The rest of the collection includes books kept by the family, most notably schoolbooks and religious works. 

Biographical Note: See Finding Aid

Series Outline: 

Series 1: Music Collection

Series 2: Publications

Series 3: Franco-American Culture

Series 4: Other


Full Finding Aid and Appendix:

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Leslie Choquette
Director of the French Institute
Professor of History

Kate Bradley

Librarian/Archivist of the French Institute

508-767-7000 ext. 7495

Usage Policy

For reasons of preservation, French Institute collection materials do not circulate; however, non-rare materials are allowed to circulate through the d’Alzon Library or inter-library loan with the director’s permission.

It should be noted that the Institute’s collection includes a number of Franco-American newspapers from the New England region. Most consist of bound copies and nearly all have been microfilmed. To preserve the bound volumes, the Institute encourages scholars to consult the microfilm copies whenever they are available, for example, at the American Antiquarian Society or the Boston Public Library.