I found this interesting image today in the Harper Leiper Collection (MSS 0287, 12795) at the HMRC. It’s not a great picture–in fact it’s quite blurry, unusual for a Harper Leiper photo–but it makes up for that by being a shot I’ve never seen before in this time period, so there’s that:
It looks like this corner of campus was still a bit of a mess. Look at how torn up the area where the field house had been still is.
It made me recollect another picture that makes a nice companion, this one taken from those wooden stands at roughly the same time, circa early 1960s. You can see that semi-circle of shrubs in both images. I may be mistaken but I think that’s Bobby May getting stretched out by a teammate:
Bonus: This doesn’t really have anything to do with Rice but I liked it. It’s also from the Harper Leiper materials– freeway construction, dated January 1, 1962.
Extra Bonus: It’s Christmas at the Julia Ideson Building.