Monthly Archives: February 2011

Prelude to the Flood of 1912, Part I

I don’t know about you guys, but the more I thought about those flood pictures, the more sobering it became. The site the first board chose for the Rice Institute was perfect in some ways, but boy, was it ever … Continue reading

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Homecoming 1958 and a great website

I just got a note from a Rice alum with a link to a video about the Rice-Army game in 1958. He also links to a really fantastic website of archival video that he co-founded. It is definitely worth a … Continue reading

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The Flood of April, 1912

I had a fantastic afternoon in the Woodson Research Center today. Several things fell into place without being forced–it felt just great. Here’s the thing that was the most fun. I’ve been gathering information for a few days to write … Continue reading

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Cleveland Sewall, 1912

One day last week I was privileged to sit in on a super cool librarians meeting. Part of the task at hand was the identification of materials that might be candidates for digitization, essentially printed matter that is both out … Continue reading

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Another thing I noticed that I should have noticed a long time ago

I was looking through some old commencement pictures today, pulling images for a short video that will be shown at the celebration of the centennial of laying the cornerstone of Lovett Hall. It all looked pretty ordinary, really. I’ve probably … Continue reading

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No-Snow Day, plus an Italian Cypress Update

So it didn’t snow on Friday, or do much of anything else. The Woodson was closed along with most of the campus but I wound up coming in anyway. My niece from Chicago was here for an audition at the … Continue reading

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Snow Day!

I’m at home already and it’s only a quarter to four–we were set loose at 3:00 in anticipation, I guess, of sleet and snow making a mess of the evening commute. Before I left the Woodson, I went looking for … Continue reading

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Astroturf, 1970

In 1970, the use of artificial grass in athletic stadiums was sweeping the country. By that summer the Monsanto company of St. Louis had laid astroturf down at 25 college stadiums. During the 1970-71 football season only two schools in … Continue reading

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Kid Parties

There was quite a social whirl at the Institute in its earliest days. And many of the activities would look very familiar to us today, even those that might seem a tad old fashioned. There were endless rounds of dances, … Continue reading

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