Monthly Archives: September 2018

Friday Phone Follies

I got a fancy new telephone yesterday: It can’t compete with this, though:

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A Sweet Moment from the Opening of Allen Center

I’ve had a very long day and can’t think of anything to say tonight. But I do have this photograph of Alice Pratt Brown, Oveta Culp Hobby, and George Brown at the November, 1967 Open House that was held at … Continue reading

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The World Looks at Texas, 1936

I found this small volume in a collection of Edgar Odell Lovett’s personal books. It’s an odd one, too. The authors (brother and sister? husband and wife?) solicited a wide variety of famous and semi-famous people for their thoughts about … Continue reading

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The End of Class Officers, 1969

Looking through a box of Bud Morehead’s slides I found these two glorious shots from the 1951 class election campaign season (note gravel walks!): Coincidentally, later the same day I was looking through some Threshers from the 1960s and came … Continue reading

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William Houston with Visitor, no date

I’ve been working in President Houston’s papers these days. This is a collection I haven’t used much since I was in graduate school way back in the 90s and it has proven to be a pleasant surprise. Houston has never … Continue reading

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Friday Follies: “The boys denied that they were trying to steal a monkey,” 1965

My first reaction to this was to look and see if the date were April 1. It was not. Still not quite believing it, my second reaction was to go check whether the story appeared in the generally much duller … Continue reading

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Three Aerials, 1985

I found these new aerials in a box of unsorted slides that were inherited from a previous archivist. They’re just beautiful shots, crisp and clean, and the campus looks so immaculate that I suspect they must have been taken near … Continue reading

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The Student Life at Rice, 1915

It’s been a long day but somewhere in the middle of it I found a wonderful article that ran in the Houston Post on May 16, 1915. It’s genuinely interesting, a lively and detailed commentary on the daily routine of … Continue reading

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“the pickets were clearly farceurs,” 1965

The detonated groundbreaking for the Space Science building also included a band of student picketers. There are quite a few photos of them, all carefully “X”ed out on the contact sheet, I suppose so no one would accidentally use them … Continue reading

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Space Science Groundbreaking, 1965

Last week Rice broke ground on the new, badly needed, and long awaited Social Science building, to be named in honor of the lead donors Patricia Lipoma Kraft ’87 and Jonathan A. Kraft. It made me think of an earlier … Continue reading

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