You might think that slide carousels labeled “A Walking Tour of Rice University” would contain the photos from the book entitled “A Walking Tour of Rice University.” I know I certainly thought that. It’s not quite so simple, though.
In the Bud Morehead collection there are several such slide carousels, none of which I had ever bothered to look at because . . . well, those pictures are much more easily available in the book and in the large stacks of photos in another part of the collection. I didn’t have any reason to look last week either but what the heck, I went ahead and looked anyway. (It’s summertime! I’m free as a bird.)
It turns out that there are a lot of images from the book in those slide carousels but there are also many that not only don’t appear in the book, but also don’t exist as photographs. Some of these slides are pretty exciting, others are less splashy but show things I’ve never seen before or frankly never even thought of.
Today I’m going for flash so hang on tight.
Here, from 1950 is a stunning shot taken by someone practically standing in Harris Gully looking straight up towards the new stadium construction:
Bonus: Anyone know what this tree is?