This simple and elegant card is what the Lovetts sent out to friends and colleagues every year. I think it’s lovely, with the embossed Rice shields and the pretty engraving:
Until a few weeks ago I’d never seen any other Christmas greetings issue forth from Dr. Lovett but one day as I was looking through his correspondence files I found, of all things, an unexpected Christmas telegram:
The addressee was Robert Granville Caldwell, who arrived at Rice to teach American History in 1914 and stayed for nearly twenty years, becoming in the process Rice’s first Dean. He and his family spent the 1930 academic year in Grenoble and were visited for an extended period by the family of Philosophy professor Radoslav Tsanoff. And I just happen to have a photograph of the Caldwell and Tsanoff children, the youthful contingent of the colony, taken on this very Christmas of 1930:
As usual the Woodson will be closed over the holiday, beginning Monday and reopening on January 2nd. I’m off from today until the sixth, which means essentially that I’ll be off email (as much as possible) but still posting here on a very irregular schedule. By which I mean only when I feel like it.
And like Dr. Lovett, I send cordial holiday greetings to all of you! See you in January.