Monthly Archives: June 2018

Modern Home Tour, 1957

We had a researcher this week who used a couple of boxes from the papers of Rice architecture professor Anderson Todd. In one of those boxes I found two sheets of slides that Todd apparently took on a 1957 tour … Continue reading

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“he evaded questions in his St. Charles hotel room,” 1938

I found a simply fabulous photo of Dr. Lovett the other day, one with what certainly appears to be a smile: I know it was taken in New Orleans in June, 1938 because there was a clipping on the back … Continue reading

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The Rice Galveston Club Dance, 1926

Way back in 2011 I wrote a short post that featured a program from a dance given in 1927 by the Rice-Galveston Club. It was a neat little thing handed out at the club’s Fifth Annual dance–which meant that I … Continue reading

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Ellington Field, circa 1918

One of the many things that I once knew, then forgot, then learned again was that although Rice History Professor Floyd Lear first arrived on campus in 1925, he had been in Houston before, stationed at Ellington Field from 1917 … Continue reading

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Friday Follies: Monique, 1966

I’ve written before about the Faculty Play-reading Group, a relic of a more civilized time. This one was a real doozy:   The New York critics agreed that Monique was one of the most unusual plays to reach Broadway in … Continue reading

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“the likelihood of preserving this material decreases with every passing year,” 1965

I was thrown for something of a loop yesterday by a discovery that was even more accidental than usual. I was on my knees putting something back on a low shelf in the back and for no reason other than … Continue reading

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Moss, twigs, and leaves, 1990

I had a productive day in the archives but some of what I found was so surprising I need a bit of time to digest it. Instead of writing about all that, here’s a picture of a box full of … Continue reading

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” I recommended you to Masterson at Rice way back last winter,” 1954

A couple of weeks ago a patron was using some boxes from Frank Vandiver’s papers and as is my habit I spent some time looking though them myself. They were extraordinarily interesting–Frank seemed to have had correspondence with every significant … Continue reading

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It’s Never Too Late . . .

. . . to return an overdue library book! Last week a visitor to the Woodson brought us a volume that he had recently acquired: It was due on April 28, 1956: One of the librarians made a note inside … Continue reading

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Friday Follies: Football and Fashion, 1974

Featuring Coach Conover (again), this time giving a Football 101 clinic for women in August, 1974. That sport coat is almost hypnotic. I’m not sure I’d be able to focus on the board. Bonus: I’m not sure why the Accounting … Continue reading

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