Author Archives: Melissa Kean

Slime-Soph War, 1924

What on earth is going on here? I scanned these images a couple of years ago then, confused, forgot about them: The answer is in the 1924 Campanile, which I am still looking at today. This was an actual fight, … Continue reading

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Sketches, 1924

I was lounging around my office at home this afternoon, sipping some coffee and leafing through the 1924 Campanile just for the fun of it. I’ve spent quite bit of time with this  book but I caught something today that … Continue reading

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“this man Neely,” 1940

It really was an auspicious moment when the Rice Institute hired Coach Jess Neely away from Clemson on January 11, 1940. I can’t help but wonder why Neely took the job, which didn’t obviously look like good one, but here … Continue reading

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Friday Follies: Commencement 2020

This is the best thing I’ve seen in a long time, actually faith restoring. I think they were all back to clean out their dorm rooms and just organized themselves. Many thanks to Grungy for the pictures.     Bonus: … Continue reading

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“Severe grippe,” 1931

A bad case of the flu in February, 1931 kept French professor Marcel Moraud in Paris longer than anticipated: But today things got real with the coronavirus at Rice. They announced that the rest of the semester will be done … Continue reading

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Yawl, 1944

One of my  colleagues in the Woodson alerted me to this today. She found a full set of drawings for a 25 foot yawl, a two masted sail boat, for the Rice Institute. I can’t even begin to suggest an … Continue reading

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Campus Mail, 1963

Sometimes it’s the mundane things that prove to be the most mysterious. One of the things that we never stop to think about is the campus mail–you put it in one of those envelopes and someone takes it where you … Continue reading

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“Computer card sale a bonanza.” February 13, 1973

It was established in 1971, located out in that old shack by the track stadium that seems to have housed everything from an art studio to the original Black Student Union. We have only a couple of images of it, … Continue reading

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Friday Follies: Splash Day, nd

Back when men were men and shorts were short. Really short. Looks like mid-60s to me. But where was all that water coming from? Bonus: Lots more Tsanoff letters. Brace yourselves.

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“Mr. Glascock sends you his love,” 1923

That was one of the greetings that Radoslav Tsanoff passed on to his daughter Katherine in yesterday’s letter. Mr. Glascock was Clyde Chew Glascock, who taught modern languages (German and Spanish) at the Rice Institute beginning in 1914. Here he … Continue reading

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