We have very few pictures of the early years of Jones College in the Woodson (and even fewer written materials) so I was happy to find these images from December, 1959 in the Houston Post collection today. I can’t properly express what a joy it is to find this new source of information about Rice and how grateful I am to have access to it. It’s invigorating. I haven’t had time to look at the Post microfilm to see why these pictures were taken but my best off-the-top-of-my-head guess is that it was some sort of human interest story about the Rice co-eds at the end of the semester.I’ll check on Monday.
I love the campus scene on the wall here. I’ve never seen anything quite like it and I wish I had it myself. And if I’m not mistaken that studious young woman at the desk is Evelyn Thomas Nolen ’62, who provided distinguished service to Rice and to the historical profession for over thirty years as the Associate Editor of the Journal of Southern History:
This was my favorite of the bunch. I’m not sure how this would work out in practice, though. What if you had classes in different buildings??
The photos were dated December 9 and it looks like they’re just getting started on the Christmas decorations: