Monthly Archives: August 2019

Friday Follies: Matriculation, no date

For a long time the matriculation ceremony was held in the Physics Amphitheater, then at some point moved to the Grand Hall of the RMC. I don’t know when this was taken but I’m interested in the young man who … Continue reading

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Baker Comes Last, 1957

“B” comes before “W” (and “H” for that matter) if you’re simply arranging things in alphabetical order but if you want to know which residential college was actually the first to open, the answer is Will Rice. Baker was in … Continue reading

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“Many of you were surprised to get a damage deposit refund last year,” 1984

Today was the first day I felt the stirrings of the new school year, something that I greet every time with the exact same mixed feelings I had as a second grader. It reminded me of this “back to school” … Continue reading

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The Deed to the Campus, 1908-10

While I was on vacation this summer the Rice Management Company was getting ready to move off campus. As so often happens this led to the rediscovery of things long filed away and forgotten. This time, gloriously, what bubbled up … Continue reading

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“I remain my parents’ agent on earth,” 1958

I’m very grateful to my friend Judy Weidman at the Congregation Beth Israel library, who sent this remarkable letter a while ago. It’s classic George Cohen–his devotion to his parents seems to have been rivaled only by his devotion to … Continue reading

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Friday Follies: Hit the Beach, 1928 Style

As expected, it’s definitely beach weather in Houston these last days before the start of fall semester. What I didn’t expect was H.A. Wilson and in his swimwear, grinning happily on the beach in Galveston in 1928. Somehow Tsanoff seems … Continue reading

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HMRC Thursday: The Navy Building, 1948

The thrill of the month (so far)–a picture of a building we have no pictures of! This is the first good look I’ve ever had at the Naval ROTC building. I found it in the Wood Allen Collection, MSS 1459 … Continue reading

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