Monthly Archives: December 2016

A Walk Around Campus, Christmas Break 2016

  Although I’ve managed to stay on good terms with my relatives over this long break, I have been getting a bit antsy. So just for fun I took Mr. Rice History Corner over for a walk around Rice the … Continue reading

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Naughty or Nice?, 1995

I know which way I’m betting. Lovett College, circa 1995. Sorry for the fuzzy images–they came off a contact sheet. As always, any identifications–who is the man in the Santa suit?–are appreciated. Bonus: Holiday hours!! Mercifully, the library will be … Continue reading

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Happy Holidays, 1966

I pulled out an issue of the Thresher looking for a nice Christmas message and stumbled instead across angst. My goodness, you can feel the anxiety practically pulsing off this first editorial: 1966 was only the second year of tuition … Continue reading

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Merry Christmas from the Friends of Fondren, 1952

As far as I can tell, this was the only time the Friends sent out a Christmas card. It was a nice one. I don’t blame them for quitting while they were ahead. Bonus:

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“perhaps I fail to see advantages in this which are more obvious to historians,” 1970

In the same box as last week’s 1983 food service menu I found something that made the hair stand up on the back of my neck: I thought I had seen everything–at least everything important–that there was to see about … Continue reading

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Friday Follies: Out of Uniform, sometime in the 1940s

People fool around even in wartime. It’s their nature. Bonus: I walk past this pencil sharpener every day. It might well be original library equipment.

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What’s for Lunch?, 1983

With the post-finals slow down already begun, I had the chance this afternoon to spend some time just poking around on the shelves. In a box labeled “Ad Hoc Committees” I discovered a cache of papers from the previously unknown … Continue reading

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Edward W. “Mike” Kelley, Jr., 1932-2016

We learned of the death of Mike Kelley ’54 this week and now mourn the loss of another friend. Mike’s Rice roots ran deep–his mother was Allie May Autry Kelley ’25 and his grandmother was Allie Kinsloe Autry, whose important … Continue reading

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“Twas the Night Before Christmas Holidays,” 1955

It’s almost break. I’m hanging on by my fingernails. Bonus: They have their holiday bases covered over in Architecture.

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What is This Thing? Part III

Yes, we’re back at this again. This is how it works in the archives–one bit of information drips out after another. The only unusual thing here, actually, is how quickly the pieces are falling together. Here’s what we found in … Continue reading

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