I was reshelving a book in the back of the Woodson recently and I couldn’t resist a smile when I caught a glimpse one of the blandest, most unhelpful titles I’ve ever seen in all my years in the library: “Lecturers.” I picked it up with, of course, no expectations at all.
And it turned out to be great! It’s a volume about visiting lecturers who came to the architecture department in the early 1960s, begun apparently as part of the academic side of the Semi-centennial celebration in 1962:
There are actually several years worth of lecturers bound into one volume, ending with 1965. Included are short bios but the best thing here are the pictures. They are the original photographs, not reproduced images, which means this is actually a very unusual kind of scrapbook. Many of the photos are straight head shots like this one of a man who knew a couple of things about the construction of buildings at Rice:
Many others, though, are a kind of “action shot” that may be unique to architects–a room full of people gazing intently at something:
The whole thing is just delightful–those architects are so stylish!–and I’m not finished talking about this yet. More to come.
Bonus: Pretty bleak day today.