Monthly Archives: February 2011

Friday Afternoon Fun

When I was looking through William Ward Watkin’s papers this week, this picture caught my eye. Such a friendly little building, nestled under the shade of a big oak in a grassy clearing. But why take a picture of it … Continue reading

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Prelude to the Flood of 1912, Part II

(No, I don’t know how many times I’m going to write about drainage. A lot, probably. Don’t even think about trying to stop me.) So, to pick up after Tuesday’s cliffhanger, by the fall of 1911 our hero, handsome engineer … Continue reading

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An unexpected discovery–plus, fun at the Rupp inauguration, October 1985

About six or eight months ago I took the contents of the campus photographers’ file cabinets out of the basement of Allen Center and brought them to the Woodson, where my colleague Lauren has been processing them. There were a … Continue reading

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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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