Author Archives: Melissa Kean

“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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Abercrombie Week 2019: No Women’s Room?

We return to Abercrombie Week with a classic Rice tangent: a couple of folks in the comments and a few more in my email asked about the story that Abercrombie was built without any women’s bathrooms. I’ve actually heard this … Continue reading

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Hank Hudspeth, 1919-2019

As is the way of things, Hank Hudspeth’s 1937 arrival at Rice was a little noted event, marked only by this small card that all new students filled out at registration: Note that he wasn’t a freshman–he’d done a year … Continue reading

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Abercrombie Week! 2019

The Discovery Channel may have Shark Week but I have some red meat of my own to offer. This is Abercrombie Week at the Rice History Corner, a look at all things Abercrombie Hall. There’s a lot to tell about … Continue reading

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