Monthly Archives: December 2017

Friday Follies: Faculty Club File

This letter accompanied the donation of Faculty Club records to the Woodson in 1998. I’ve talked about the donor, Edward Hake Phillips, before, here. The second paragraph is mind boggling: Bonus: Light up the world with kindness. Extra Bonus: Meanwhile … Continue reading

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Spud Hall, circa 1914

I found this grainy, faded image of the original Commons in a scrapbook I hadn’t opened in several years. Somehow I had overlooked this rare image–note that the wooden paneling hadn’t yet been installed: The original surface seems to have … Continue reading

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“it is rather we who should thank you,” 1957

I’ve spent over two decades thinking about the history of race relations at Rice, first for my dissertation, then for the book that followed, and even now out of simple curiosity. One of the oddities in this story is that … Continue reading

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Fondren Library Handbook, 1952

I’ve gotten quite interested in what the original layout of the basement of Fondren would have been, interested enough in fact to do some research. For a moment this afternoon I thought I had it when I found this: A … Continue reading

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Edgar Altenburg, 1888-1967

Sometimes I’m astounded by the way generations work on campuses. There have been a lot of faculty members at Rice who led long lives and remained active scholars to the end.  And Rice really isn’t a very old institution. This … Continue reading

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Friday Follies: It’s All Fun and Games Until You Have To Scrape the Windshield

Snow woman with Tab, 1973: Do they still make Tab? Bonus:  

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Professor Andre Bourgeois

My email has been filling up with notes from people burdened with overwhelming curiosity about who wrote the note that I posted on Monday: It was Andre Bourgeois, who taught French language and literature at Rice for 44 years beginning … Continue reading

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