The Rice Thresher collection contains back issues of Rice University's student newspaper from the fall of 1958 to the spring of 1967. Issues are full text searchable and are viewable as full issues or individual articles in pdf format.

The late 1950s and through the mid-1960s represent a vibrant period of time on the Rice campus. The residential college system as we know it now had just taken shape, and graduate research increased significantly. Rice Institute changed its charter to admit students without regard to race or color and to enable charging tuition for the first time, which in turn made it possible to secure research grants and other key funding. The curriculum was expanded from its science and engineering focus to include more humanities subjects. Rayzor Hall and Anderson Hall graced the academic quad. Two U.S. Presidents spoke at Rice. In 1960, Dwight D. Eisenhower gave a non-political speech and in 1962, John F. Kennedy spoke in the Rice Stadium on the space race.

Since 1916, The Rice Thresher has been the official student newspaper of Rice University. It is published every Friday during the school year, except during examination periods and holidays. For current issues of the Thresher and archives of selected issues from the 2000s and 1990s, visit http://www.ricethresher.org/.