Monthly Archives: June 2011

Rice’s First Football Hero

I’ve been immersed the last couple of days in the early history of Rice football. The Rice team (briefly called the Greys) played it’s first game in October 1912, only days after the Institute’s formal opening. The first season was … Continue reading

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Frances Ridgway Brotzen, 1915-2011

Almost exactly a year after the death of her husband Franz, Rice lost another dear friend and a stalwart member of our community. Frances Brotzen was a truly remarkable  woman–passionate, intelligent, curious, warm and utterly engaged with the world. The … Continue reading

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Friday Afternoon Follies

There’s a whole subgenre of photographs in the archives that show groups of people posing with a dead animal. Sometimes these kind of sneak up on you. Here, for example, is a picture from the very first Campanile of the … Continue reading

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What is this stuff? UPDATED

I’ve been trying to clean out my office on the 5th floor of the library recently, and in this process a number of really interesting things have  bubbled up to the surface. Sometimes envelopes and boxes just sort of appear … Continue reading

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Here’s what happens when we can’t use the loading dock

So, today was even crazier than yesterday. Among other things, we have a bunch of materials coming from someone off campus and the library loading dock is currently inaccessible. They’ve ripped up the street outside and are in the process … Continue reading

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Chairs, then and now

I am exhausted! Too much toiling in the vineyards of scholarship, I guess. What this means is that you guys get scraps tonight. (Although this might not really be all that different from what I usually post.) While looking for … Continue reading

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Teas Nursery and the cleanup for Rice’s Opening Ceremonies

With the old photographs in the Teas collection as inspiration, I’ve spent a little time looking around in some other collections that we already have in the Woodson. I think I’ve been able to put together a decent picture of … Continue reading

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Friday Afternoon Follies

After last Friday’s post about the polar bear races, I got several comments and emails about the greased pole climb. Lo and behold, yesterday I inadvertently ran across a set of pictures of exactly that. They’re undated, but I’d guess … Continue reading

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Teas Nursery and the Rice Institute

I’ve been running around like a maniac this week, so for now I’m just going to post a little taste of good things to come. When the Teas Nursery sold their property on Bellaire a while back, we were fortunate … Continue reading

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Cattle Auction at the Nine Bar Ranch, 1964

I’ve recently been trying to find some pictures of Rice trustee Newton Rayzor that I know for a dead-lock certainty are somewhere in a bunch of scrapbooks that belonged to Gus Wortham, another Rice trustee. (And a very important one, … Continue reading

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