MC 00044 Guide to the Robert Barton Rice Papers, 1927-1976

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The Personal files are limited to a brief obituary from the News and Observer, correspondence, a work record and resume that includes recommendation letters and photographs from job sites.
[Box 1, Folder 1] Biographical Information
[Box 1, Folder 2] Correspondence
[Box 1, Folder 3] Correspondence with L.C. Doll, technician
[Box 1, Folder 4] Correspondence, Pamphlets, miscellaneous brochures
[Box 1, Folder 5] Resume and Work Record with photographs
This series focuses on Rice's academic career and his development of the Department of Engineering. there is a complete history of the origin of the Diesel Engineering Laboratory Building, from the original specifications and blueprints (1943) to the final dedication of the laboratories to the North Carolina State campus in 1944, (blueprints and photographs included). Admissions, rules, records, forms, a sampling of quizzes, tests, outlines, examinations, and student/staff research and seminar papers from 1946 - 1954 offer examples of undergraduate and graduate courses aw well as the reseach and experiments performed. Included in this series are the records, survey, and correspondence from the War Production Board, and bids for war surplus supplies. The series also contains the correspondence and dossiers of "Paperclip Specialists" from the United States Army, Joint Intelligence Objective Agency (JIOA). Note: Paperclip Specialists were immigrants hired to teach at universities. Given the nature of the academic subject (physics, for example) and the restrictions placed on immigration from Germany after World War II, these individuals were classified differently from other immigrants by the United States government.
Course Material
[Box 1, Folder 6] Mechanical Engineering Laboratory Course with photographs, 1936 - 1938
[Box 1, Folder 7] Engineering Department Training Course, 1941
[Box 1, Folder 8] Internal Combustion Engine - Quizzes, Tests - 400, 500 level
[Box 1, Folder 9] Heat Engineering, steam power plants, and airplane engines - 300 level
[Box 2, Folder 1] Admission requests, 1946 - 1948
[Box 2, Folder 2] Rules, regulations, and forms
[Box 2, Folder 3] Personnel records - Students - A-L, 1947 - 1953
[Box 2, Folder 4] Personnel records - Students - M-Z, 1947 - 1953
[Box 2, Folder 5] Diesel 101 - outlines
[Box 2, Folder 6] Diesel 105 - quizzes and final examinations
[Box 2, Folder 7] Diesel 109 - quizzes and final examinations
[Box 2, Folder 8] Diesel 113 - fuel systems
[Box 2, Folder 9] Diesel 117, 121, 125 - quizzes, outlines
[Box 2, Folder 10] Diesel 201, 205 - quizzes and examinations
[Box 2, Folder 11] Student work-study sheets and examinations
[Box 2, Folder 12] Diesel Operation and Maintenance - short course no. 1, 1946
[Box 2, Folder 13] Diesel Operation and Maintenance - short course no. 2, 1946
[Box 2, Folder 14] Diesel Operation and Maintenance - short course no. 3, 1946
[Box 2, Folder 15] Diesel Operation and Maintenance - short course no. 4, 1946
[Box 2, Folder 16] Diesel Operation and Maintenance - short course no. 5, 1947
[Box 2, Folder 17] Diesel Operation and Maintenance - short course no. 6, 1947
[Box 2, Folder 18] Diesel Operation and Maintenance - short course no. 7, 1947
[Box 2, Folder 19] Diesel Operation and Maintenance - short course no. 8, 1947
[Box 3, Folder 1] Diesel Operation and Maintenance - short course no. 9, 1948
[Box 3, Folder 2] Diesel Operation and Maintenance - short course no. 10, 1948
[Box 3, Folder 3] Diesel Operation and Maintenance - short course no. 11, 1948
[Box 3, Folder 4] Diesel Operation and Maintenance - short course no. 12, 1948
[Box 3, Folder 5] Diesel Operation and Maintenance - short course no. 13, 1949
[Box 3, Folder 6] Diesel Operation and Maintenance - short course no. 15, 1949
Procesor's note: short course no. 14, no existing file
[Box 3, Folder 7] Diesel Operation and Maintenance -- advanced short course, 1949
[Box 3, Folder 8] Diesel Operation and Maintenance I and II -- short course, 1949 - 1953
[Box 3, Folder 9] Short Course-200 level, quizzes and finals, 1951 - 1952
[Box 3, Folder 10] Student Exams and Reports, 1952 - 1954
[Box 3, Folder 11] Diesel Engineering Graduate Program - general information, 1947 - 1950
[Box 3, Folder 12] Seminar Papers, 1943 - 1951
[Box 3, Folder 13] Diesel and Internal Combustion - sample research, 1947
[Box 3, Folder 14] Seminar Papers, 1947 - 1948
[Box 3, Folder 15] Seminar Papers, 1948 - 1949
[Box 3, Folder 16] Thesis Abstracts, 1948 - 1950
[Box 3, Folder 17] Seminar Papers, 1949 - 1950
[Box 3, Folder 18] Seminar Papers, 1950 - 1951
[Box 3, Folder 19] Seminar Papers, 1951
[Box 3, Folder 20] Research Papers, 1951 - 1952
[Box 3, Folder 21] Research Papers, 1952 - 1953
[Box 3, Folder 22] Thesis, April 4, 1954
Laboratory Building Specifications, 1930s-1954
[Box 4, Folder 1] Foundry Procedures for Metal and Wood, typewritten noes from Newark College of Engineering, 1930s?
[Box 4, Folder 2] Priority Request for construction of Diesel Engineering Laboratory from the War Production Board, Washington, DC, Undated
[Box 4, Folder 3] General Specifications for Laboratory-Ross Schumaker, A.I.A., NC State College Architect, 1943
[Box 4, Folder 4] Electrical Specifications for Laboratory-Shumaker, 1943 - 1944
[Box 4, Folder 5] Plumbing Specifications for Laboratory-Schumaker, 1943 - 1944
[Box 4, Folder 6] Diesel Engineering Laboratories Building Dedication, May 26, 1944
[Box 4, Folder 7] Diesel Engineering Laboratory Building Photographs with index and blueprints, Undated
[Box 4, Folder 8] Diesel Engineering Laboratory Building Dedication - correspondence, 1944
[Box 4, Folder 9] Fire Extinguisher Schedule for Building, 1954
Administration, 1941-1966
[Box 5, Folder 1] Expense Reports, June-August 1941; 1966
[Box 5, Folder 2] Stenographer's Report, 1945
[Box 5, Folder 3] Budgets, 1946 - 1957
[Box 5, Folder 4] Faculty Secretary's Minutes, 1948 - 1949
[Box 5, Folder 5] Faculty Secretary's Minutes, 1949 - 1952
[Box 5, Folder 6] Executive Committee Meeting, 1950 - 1953
[Box 5, Folder 7] Executive Committee Meeting, 1954 - 1955
War Production Board, 1929-1958
[Box 6, Folder 1] Aeronautic Laboratory: United States Army Air Corps, 1929-1936
[Box 6, Folder 2] Army Specialized Training Program, 1943
[Box 6, Folder 3] Army Material Command, Japanese Jet Engines, Wright-Field, Ohio, with 8x10 photographs, 1946
[Box 6, Folder 4] United States Army Corp of Engineers, War Supplies, 1947
[Box 6, Folder 5] Diesel Engineering Department-Bids for Surplus Scrap, 1952 - 1954
[Box 6, Folder 6] War Production Board - Survey Maching Tools, 1942
[Box 6, Folder 7] War Production Board - Facilites Records, Machine Lists, Undated
[Box 6, Folder 8] War Production Board - Survey, correspondence with R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co., Wright's Automatic Tobacco Packing Machine Company; Bhanson Company; pamphlets, and newsclippings, blueprints of company floorplans, 1942
[Box 6, Folder 9] Air Force Automation Study, 1940 -1958
[Box 6, Folder 10] Correspondence between Rice and Army and Air Force, 1946; 1953 - 1955
[Box 6, Folder 11] Dossier of Albrecht W.F Hussmann, United States Army, Joint Intelligence Objectives Agency (JIOA), "Paperclip Specialist," correspondence, personnel record; report by Hussman on the Holzer Method: Calculation of Torsional Vibrations in Engines, 1942; 1947 - 1951
[Box 6, Folder 12] Dossier of Hans Heinrich, correspondence and file from the JIOA, 1949
[Box 6, Folder 13] Dossier of Kurt Van Sanden from the JIOA, 1949
[Box 6, Folder 14] Dossier of Arthur Weise from the JIOA, 1949
[Box 6, Folder 15] Dossier of Walter Zeigler from the JIOA, 1949
[Box 6, Folder 16] Dossier of Adolph Von Hoermann, 1950 - 1951
United States Air Force, 1951-1958
[Box 7, Folder 1] Safeguarding Military Information, 1951
[Box 7, Folder 2] Air Force Criteria - procurement of power plants, 1952; 1955
[Box 7, Folder 3] Air Force Progress Report, Undated
[Box 7, Folder 4] Air Force Reports - test schedules for diesel engines, 1954 - 1956
[Box 7, Folder 5] Deitrich Air Force Base-one handwritten letter dated July 15, 1955, (Unable to identify correspondant), July 15, 1955
[Box 7, Folder 6] Kindley Air Force Base investigative report: "Failure of Fairbanks-Morse Diesel Engines" by Rice, Undated
[Box 7, Folder 7] Schedule, by Rice, of work done for United States Air Force
[Box 7, Folder 8] Cummins Test, engines tested by Rice, 1955
[Box 7, Folder 9] Cummins Report on Fuel Systems by Rice, 1956
[Box 7, Folder 10] Project BOMARC 1M-994-fully automatic power plant, 1957 - 1958
[Box 7, Folder 11] Project BOMARC 1M-994-design analysis, notes, drawings by Rice, 1958
Air Force, Army and Navy, 1958-1966
[Box 8, Folder 1] Patrick Air Force Base, Florida - Project BOMARC - SAGE power plant, Undated
[Box 8, Folder 2] Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio - study of engines (bid denied), 1958
[Box 8, Folder 3] "Strategic Air Command" Special Report vol. 16, no. 2, 1958, 1958
[Box 8, Folder 4] United States Air Force, Washington DC -- Rice consults with civil engineers regarding diesel generatiors, ventilation and refigeration, December 28 - 30, 1959
[Box 8, Folder 5] Far North Bases - reference guide, 1959
[Box 8, Folder 6] Malstrom Air Force Base, Montana -- 8x10 photographs of diesel engine, 1960
[Box 8, Folder 7] North Truro Air Force Station, Massachusetts -- 762d Radar Squadron (SAGE) -- engine rebuilding consultation, 1960
[Box 8, Folder 8] Air Force Bases Directories and Guides, Undated
[Box 8, Folder 9] Alaska Air Command -- spectrographic analysis, four 3.5 x 5 color photos, identified and dated 1960, 1960
[Box 8, Folder 10] Air Force Titan Missile - article, Architectural Forum, 1960
[Box 8, Folder 11] Fort Dieferick MD - United States Army Chemical Corp - Chemical warfare, consultation to determine engine damage, 1961
[Box 8, Folder 12] "Minuteman" - consultation and design criteria for launcher support and control, 1961
[Box 8, Folder 13] NORAD -- (North American Air Defense Command) - COC (Combat Operations Center, Colorado Springs, CO) - power plant study, report, pamphlets "Air Defense Command," and article "NORAD", 1966
United States Navy, 1938-1945
[Box 9, Folder 1] United States Navy Yard; inventories, orders, correspondence, invoices of equipment loaned or purchased, 1938; 1941 - 1942
[Box 9, Folder 2] United States Navy Yard, 1943 - 1946
[Box 9, Folder 3] Charleston Navy Yard - equipment purchased by Engineering, undated
[Box 9, Folder 4] United States Office of Education, Federal Security Agency, Washington, DC - Engineering Defense Training (EDT) program and nation-wide organization, course listings, participating schools, 1940
[Box 9, Folder 5] K-class diesel cruiser listings for German Navy "Warships" (one item), undated
[Box 9, Folder 6] E.S.M.D.T. (Engineering, Science, and Management Defense Training) - course handbook for Naval Reserve Officers, 1941
[Box 9, Folder 7] Cooper Bessimer Diesel Engine course, undated
[Box 9, Folder 8] Navy Funding, 1941
[Box 9, Folder 9] E.D.T. (Emergency Diesel Training) Diesel Engine Course 621, undated
[Box 9, Folder 10] E.S.M.D.T. - Diesel Engine Course, final proposal, 1942
[Box 9, Folder 11] E.S.M.D.T. - course and proposals, 1942
[Box 9, Folder 12] Naval Training School - correspondence, payroll, staff and faculty names and addresses, 1943 - 1944
[Box 9, Folder 13] Naval Training School Roster, 1943 - 1945
[Box 10, Folder 1] Navy Contracts - order of supplies, 1943 - 1944
[Box 10, Folder 2] Navy Contracts - order of supplies (See also Box 11, Folder 1), Undated
[Box 10, Folder 3] Naval Training School - Title B equipment, June 1944
[Box 10, Folder 4] Schedule for room key numbers from building design
[Box 10, Folder 5] Weekly school schedule in blueprint format
[Box 10, Folder 6] Three drawings of engines, synchronizing system, July 1952
[Box 10, Folder 7] Laboratory Building blueprint
[Box 10, Folder 8] Laboratory Building - first floor blueprint
[Box 10, Folder 9] Mitsubishi Aircraft-automatic power control, blueprint and documents
[Box 10, Folder 10] High-output diesel drawings
[Box 11, Folder 1] Inventory of Navy Equipment, 1943, 1945 - 1946
[Box 11, Folder 2] Navy and Army Training School - Pratt and Whitney Engines
[Box 11, Folder 3] Bureau of Ships - Lubricating Oil
[Box 11, Folder 4] Crankshafts
[Box 11, Folder 5] Diesel School Courses - Post War Naval Plan, 1952
[Box 11, Folder 6] Diesel School Inventory Acquistions -- contract NONO 486(01), 1953; 1955
Specific, 1940-1954
[Box 11, Folder 7] Caroline Light and Power Diesel Training, 1940
[Box 11, Folder 8] Baldwin Locomotive, 1940 - 1949
[Box 11, Folder 9] Baldwin Locomotive - Buchi Lawsuit, "Baldwin Locomotive vs. Alfred J. Buchi," Civil Act no.9317, January 25, 1949
[Box 11, Folder 10] General Motors -- Electro-Motive Division, I1. Contains sixteen 8x10 b/w photographs, 1941 - 1954
German Language Material, 1939-1940s
[Box 12, Folder 1-12] Testing Data on Engines, 1939
[Box 13, Folder 1-17] Testing Data on Engines, 1940s
Bound Course Material, 1933-1935
[Box 14, Folder 1] Thermodynamics, 1933
[Box 14, Folder 2] Mechanical Engineering -- lab book, 1933
[Box 14, Folder 3] Mechanical Engineering lab book (soft cover), 1934
[Box 14, Folder 4] Mechanical and Experimental Engineering -- lab book, vol. 2-A, 1935
[Box 14, Folder 5] Heating and Ventilation vol. 1, 1935
[Box 14, Folder 6] Mechanical Engineering, Undated
[Box 14, Folder 7] One "Diesel School" Guest Book
[Box 14, Folder 8] Collection of problems numbered from 1-78 on small sized blue-print paper (removed from three-ringed binder)
Lubricating Oils, Experiment no. 61300, 1953-1955
[Box 15, Folder 1] Valve Deterioration -- research project with drawing, 1953 - 1955
[Box 15, Folder 2] Mechanical Engineering Part I, Part II, Phase Synchronization by Rice
[Box 15, Folder 3] Lubricating Oil-proposed research and correspondence relating to internal combustion engines, 1953; 1955
[Box 15, Folder 4] Determining the Effects of Sulphur in Fuel Oil-research and testing by Rice for the Navy Bureau of Ships, No.61300 including research, experiments, tests, results, and photographs
[Box 15, Folder 5-11] No.61300
[Box 16, Folder 1-4] No. 61300, Test Five
[Box 16, Folder 5] Racine Maufacturing-Grinding Mill, eight 8x10 photographs, no text
[Box 16, Folder 6] Miscellaneous Photographs and Color Slides -- including one negative, one photograph of students; church (unidentified); twelve 8x10 b/w "Superior Diesels" (no text) Colorado/Florida corporation
Magazine and Journal Articles, 1929-1974
[Box 17, Folder 1] Articles, booklets including "First Steam ("Fire") Engine in America" by L.F. Loree, remarks presented at the unveiling of the tablet on the grave of Josiah Hornblower on Apriler 24, 1929; "Living Together in a Machinew Civilization" by Samuel S. Wyer (1934); "George Westinghouse the Man" by Paul D. Cravath, Mechanical Engineering magazine, 1937, 1927 - 1939
[Box 17, Folder 2] Mechanical Engineering, vol.52, no.4, April 1930
[Box 17, Folder 3] Bearings and Pistons, 1935 - 1938
[Box 17, Folder 4] Progress Report on Diesel Development and chronology -- Rice, 1936 - 1946
[Box 17, Folder 5] Rudolph Diesel -- memories of Diesel and history by Jean Santschi and others; including "Diesel Engine Development" by H.L. Hamilton; "The Story of the Diesel," prepared and published by Diesel Engine Manufacturers, 1944 - 1945
[Box 17, Folder 6] Steam Locomotive -- "Baldwin" -- published by Baldwin Locomotive, 1944; additional articles from 1938-42, 1938 - 1944
[Box 17, Folder 7] Worthington Pump and Machinery Corporation -- "Worthington and the First 50 Years of the American Diesel Engine," 1948, and "100 Years -- Worthington", 1948
[Box 17, Folder 8] "George Westinghouse Centennial'; Challenge of Human Engineering" by Henry Ford II, 1946; "The War Industries Board" by James L. Tyson, Fortune supplement, 1940 and other articles, 1940 - 1952
[Box 17, Folder 9] College Extension News -- NCSC, 1941 - 1943
[Box 17, Folder 10] "The Transfer of Heat" by V.M. Faires, 1942
[Box 17, Folder 11] Power Plant Transmissions in North Carolina and South Carolina; blueprints/maps, 1942; 1952
[Box 17, Folder 12] Swiss Technics, 1946
[Box 17, Folder 13] Cam Design, 1950
[Box 17, Folder 14] Sulzer Technical Review - no.1, 1951
[Box 17, Folder 15] Survey of Diesel Engines Built Outside the United States, 1952
[Box 17, Folder 16] Newsclippings
[Box 17, Folder 17] "German Battleship" diesel engine drawing
[Box 17, Folder 18] Recent Publications including - "The Current Position in the Development of Diesel Engines Particulary for Marine Applications" by W. Kilchenmann; an ASME publication "A 32,500 BHP Diesel Engine" by Auto Gregoretti, 1965; ASHRAE Enters Energy Conservation Crisis with Proposed Standard 90P" by Jack E. Tumilty, 1974, 1965; 1974
City and Corprate Reports, 1932-1965
[Box 18, Folder 1] City of Tarboro, North Carolina -- correspondence, reports, and agreement, 1932 - 1949
[Box 18, Folder 2] City of Tarboro, North Carolina -- Reports and contracts, 1945 - 1947
[Box 18, Folder 3] City of Tarboro -- Reports and contracts, volume I-II, 1948
[Box 18, Folder 4] City of Tarboro -- Diesel Fuel Development Project, 1946
[Box 18, Folder 5] City of Tarboro -- Power Survey
[Box 18, Folder 6] City of Tarboro -- Reports and contracts -- I and II, 1948
[Box 18, Folder 7] City of Tarboro -- Diesel Power Plant Development, 1948
[Box 18, Folder 8] City of Tarboro -- Final Evaluation, 1948
[Box 18, Folder 9] City of Tarboro -- Diesel Power Plant Development, 1948
[Box 18, Folder 10] City of Tarboro -- Metalclad switchgear proposal
[Box 18, Folder 11] City of Tarboro -- Chamber of Commerce pamphlets and brochures "Tarboro Means Business"
[Box 19, Folder 1] Buggs Island Virginia -- Hydro-electric Plant, 1949
[Box 19, Folder 2] Warner Research Laboratory -- Florida and New York; correspondence and report, 1950
[Box 19, Folder 3] New Bern, North Carolina -- Municipal Power Plant Survey, 1954
[Box 19, Folder 4] New Bern -- drawing, 1954
[Box 19, Folder 5] New Bern -- Photographs and blueprints
[Box 19, Folder 6] Diesel Symposium, 1954
[Box 19, Folder 7] Voltage Study by Dr. Rice, 1955
[Box 19, Folder 8] Fairbank - Morse Company -- Power Plant Pistons, 1957
[Box 19, Folder 9] Nordberg Manufacturing, Wisconsin -- Bechel Report on generator units, internal combustion engines, 1959; 1964
[Box 19, Folder 10] Bechtel and Nordberg Corporation -- NIKE-Y; NIKE-ZEUS
[Box 19, Folder 11] Boeing Aircraft Corporation Conference, 1961
[Box 19, Folder 12] New Hope Dam Project, North Carolina, Army Corp of Engineers, 1965
[Box 20, Folder 1] The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) -- Oil and Gas Division -- Executive Meetings minutes and 20th National Conference brochure (St. Louis, Mo., May 20-22, 1948), 1907 - 1953
[Box 20, Folder 2] ASME -- Report on Oil Engine History by Rice and others, "Diesel Engine in United States Navy" by E.C. Magdeburger, 1949
[Box 20, Folder 3] ASME -- "History of the Oil and Gas Power Division" prepared by Rice for 25th annual conference; one photograph with identification date, 1928
[Box 20, Folder 4] ASME -- Golden Anniversary, 1921-1971 -- booklet "History of Service", 1971
[Box 20, Folder 5] Marine/Naval Engineering -- "Talk Presented Before Joint Meeting of Education Committee of DEMA, Department of Mechanical Engineering"; Marine Diesel Engine History, November 18, 1944
[Box 20, Folder 6] Monthly Research Reports by Diesel School Staff, 1953 - 1954
[Box 20, Folder 7] North Carolina Board of Registration for Engineers and Land Surveyors - exams, contract exception samples, marker drawings, correspondence, meeting minutes, 1960, 1962;, 1967 - 1968
[Box 20, Folder 8] North Carolina State Board of Engineers -- exams, 1967 - 1968
[Box 20, Folder 9] Smithsonian Institute, Washington ,DC -- Donor Publication, 1970 -- engineering collection of Robert Barton Rice -- Diesel Fuel Injector Pump, model number 288883. Also correspondence, reports, six photographs, and thirty-four color slides of collection, labeled and identified, 1968 - 1970
[Box 20, Folder 10] Smithsonian Catalogs of Historical Engine Data A-Z; prepared by Rice for the Smithsonian Institute, Washinton, DC, 1965

Quantity

10.0 Linear feet 20 archival boxes

General Physical Description

20 archival boxes

Language

English

Acquisitions Information

Donated by Robert Barton Rice in 1970 (Accession no. 1970-0009), 1971 (Accession no. 1971-0006), and 1972 (Accession no. 1972-0004, 1972-0005, and 1972-0006). Additional materials transferred from the North Carolina State University Libraries Collection Development and Organization Department in 1976 (Accession no. 1976-0004), and donated by Steve Dolan in 1976 (Accession no. 1976-0005) and 1979 (Accession no. 1979-0005).

Processing

Processed by: Maurice Toler, 1970; Reprocessed by Cilla Golas, 1997; machine-readable finding aid created by: Katherine M. Wisser

Scope and Content Note

The papers of Robert Barton Rice are divided into five series and chronologically arranged under each subject heading. Each series in the collection focuses on engineering. The Personal Files are contained within five file folders offering information and correspondence relating to Rice's career. The Diesel Engineering Department series is a significant part of the collection, covering Rice's years as department administrator and includes extensive course material from each class, students' work, faculty minutes from meetings, and the specifications and dedication of the Diesel Engineering Laboratory Building. The National Defense Training and Research series also comprises an important part of the collection, concentrating on NC State's involvement (facilitated by Rice) with the United States Air Force, Army, and Naval personnel defense training programs. Inventories, blueprints, contracts, and supply lists offer detailed descriptions of the engineering department's role in national defense. The Projects, Publications, and Reports series contains the bulk of the collection-- Rice's (and others) engineering projects (up to 1965), testing of engines (German language material,) and Rice's accumulated historical data (from 1929) relating to engineering. Most files contain photographs and cover diverse projects. The final series, Subject--Miscellaneous, consists of ten file folders that contains limited material from 1907-1971, relating to mechanical engineering.

Biographical Note

Robert Barton Rice was born November 22, 1900, in Massachusetts. Before graduating in 1919 from Springfield Technical High School (Massachusetts), Barton had already acquired engineering experience at the Van Norman Machine Tool Company. He continued his employment in the engineering field during his college years, graduating from Tufts College Engineering School (Massachusetts), earning, in 1926, a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Enginnering. He received an A.M. degree from Columbia University, later returning to Tufts College, in 1936, for a graduate degree in Mechanical Engineering.

In 1930, Rice served as an independent engineering consultant to several corporations while instructing at the Pratt Institute (New York), the Wyomissing Polytechnical Institute (Pennsylvania), and the New College of Engineering (New Jersey). By 1938, Professor Rice headed the Experimental Engineering Department in Mechanical Engineering at North Carolina State College. He taught undergraduate courses in thermodynamics, hydraulics, aircraft internal combustion engines, and graduate courses in internal combustion engine design and mechanical engineering research. In addition to teaching, he was responsible for the designing of the Mechanical Engineering Laboratory, procuring and testing equipment, as well as supervising, organizing, and developing the laboratories for heating, ventilation, steam power, metallurgy, hydraulics, aeronautics, internal combustion engines and associated studies. During World War II, Rice directed the Naval Diesel School, a designated North Carolina State College training facility for national defense.

While teaching at North Carolina State College in 1950, Rice and two partners formed Engineering Development Associates, a corporation offering services in design, construction, supervision, and consultation in many branches of engineering and architecture. Rice's practice included Traveler's Insurance, Textile Manufacturing Company, Diesel Engine Manufacturers Assocation, Town of Tarboro, North Carolina, New Bern, North Carolina, and Bureau of Ships, United States Navy. Consulting work consisted of inspecting, designing, constructing, administering, and installing power plants, engine designs, and heating and air conditioning systems.

Before his retirement in 1971, Robert Barton Rice headed numerous committees, chaired engineering societies, and was a member of educational and engineering clubs. He received, in 1972, the distinguished service certificate from the National Council of Engineering Examiners. At the Smithsonian Institution, within the National Museum of History and Technology, Rice deposited archival materials in collections relating to the history and advancements of mechanical engineering professions. After more than twenty-five years on the faculty at North Carolina State University and devoting his life to engineering, Rice died on March 4, 1976, at the age of seventy-five.

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