Monthly Archives: August 2019

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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“Grobliness is next to Godliness”

A veteran faculty member once reported seeing that on a sign hanging in a college dining hall. I’ve written about Alan Grob before, including this, one of my favorite posts. He was a legendary and devoted teacher and an enthusiastic … Continue reading

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Swingsets, 1923

I had a bit of time last week to start going through some of the photos that came in with the Tsanoff materials earlier this summer. (Before I go any further let me bless the memory of Corinne Tsanoff, who … Continue reading

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Friday Follies: Wiess College Petition, 1969

I like that they asked so politely. On the whole these were not excessively polite times. The surprising thing about this, I think, is the late date. Bonus: The Sidewalk Not Taken.

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HMRC Thursday: Inside Abercrombie, 1948

Just this afternoon I found these beautiful images of students at work inside the newly completed Abercrombie Lab. There are two, obviously taken in two different rooms: (Both images can be found at MSS 1459 CM 49 Wood Allen Collection.) … Continue reading

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