Monthly Archives: June 2014

This is How Mysteries Are Solved

Through an endless appetite for dry, tedious detail. About two and a half years ago we had a discussion in the comments to this post about what those two little structures near the end of the hedges might be: They’re … Continue reading

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Friday Evening Inexplicable Photo

Occasionally I run across pictures that are just so odd I can’t come up with any narrative that explains what’s going on. I know where this weirdly mismatched group is: by the old field house. And I know the year: … Continue reading

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No Trespassing!

I’ve recently been going though some very old materials. In the Business Manager’s Papers, mostly generated by A.B. Cohn in Rice’s very earliest days, I unexpectedly came across a box full of warning signs. One of the pieces of property … Continue reading

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A Brief Moment Captured: Rice in the Fall of 1965

When I came in to work today, I discovered that we had received a packet of photographs in the mail. I’m not totally sure of their origin but they all seem to have been taken at the same time and … Continue reading

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“Meet Rice’s First Negro Co-ed,” September 1965

The library has a new scanner that swiftly and easily manages oversized materials. This is a big, big deal for me. It’s a big deal for you too, even if you didn’t know it until now because it allows me … Continue reading

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A Panoramic Shot of the Back Side of the Formal Opening, October 1912

This Schlueter photograph was hanging on the wall of a colleague’s office, unnoticed by me for a period of years: You have to zoom in on it to see how remarkable it really is. (It’s big so it might take … Continue reading

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Friday Afternoon Encouragement: Be Strong!

You are, indeed, worth it: I saw this during finals week this Spring. Judging from the number of emails I got last night and this morning, the issue of the history of campus maps and signage is weighing on a … Continue reading

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