So what else is new?
These are what Woodson insiders refer to as the Info Files:
They’re where you look for basic information about people, places, and things related to Rice, all in alphabetical order (more or less). If I wanted to know about, say, a faculty member or the establishment of some center, or when someone came on to the board of trustees this would be the first place I would go. Most of what’s in there are things like newspaper clippings, brochures, programs from events, and biographical information but there’s also things that I would call “miscellaneous,” things that just don’t quite belong anywhere in particular.
This is to say that while I am rather intimately acquainted with these files they can still surprise. I was in the Woodson on Wednesday and I opened one of the bottom drawers, looking for something I was pretty sure wasn’t there. (I used to say “they pay me to check anyway” but I guess now it’s just a habit.) Right in front were the lease agreements for the three offices Rice rented downtown before everything moved to campus, you know, the ones I just wrote about on Tuesday. Why on earth they were there instead of with the other early contracts I have no idea. When you have so much information to manage, and much of it peculiar, a little idiosyncrasy is unavoidable. Anyway, the leases aren’t terribly interesting but in one of the files I found a nice little sketch of the layout of the Rice business offices in the Esperson Building. I don’t know who drew this but it wasn’t William Ward Watkin. I especially like the WIDE DOORS:
Bonus: This is where I spent my vacation.
Looks like it could be somewhere within 50 miles of the Appalachian Trail.
Wrong coast. Just remembered you said you were making annual trip to the Northwest. Hope you had a great vacation.
Great to hear from you. Hope to hear more from you.
The “wide doors” comment appears to be a reaction to the fact that the doors are not drawn to scale.