Is that Ike?

Unknown solder with Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower, France, 1944

Unknown solder with Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower, France, 1944

In our Rice University scrapbook collection, we have a box that contains scrapbooks and other items from World War I and World War II. We have recently digitized a few of the photographs from the albums that focus on the latter war. The first is from Major W. T. Eldridge, III. It documents his time in Europe and includes a loose photograph of an unknown soldier posing with General Eisenhower.

Unknown soldier in Japan during post-World War II occupation, ca. 1948

Unknown soldier in Japan during post-World War II occupation, ca. 1948

The other scrapbook is from an unknown Rice alum. What few photographs remain in the album show the post-war occupation of Japan. If you recognize the man in the image above, please let us know.

Japanese men on a ship during post-World War II occupation, ca. 1948

Japanese men on a ship during post-World War II occupation, ca. 1948

Forging Willy’s Signature

The Arraignment Hearing of Albert T. Patrick and Charles F. Jones, October 15, 1900

The Arraignment Hearing of Albert T. Patrick and Charles F. Jones, October 15, 1900

In October 1900, Albert T. Patrick, William Marsh Rice’s lawyer, and Charles F. Jones, Rice’s valet, had an arraignment hearing, which explored their role in Rice’s murder. The article above actually outlines the testimony given by the bank teller who first saw the forged check and doubted its validity. It even points out how Patrick and Jones were actively bad criminals. Patrick misspelled his own name by leaving out the “l.”

Art Comes to Rice

Picasso Women exhibit, 1974

Picasso Women exhibit, 1974

This weekend marks the premiere of Yusuke Asai’s new installation entitled “yamatane” at the Rice University Art Gallery. He created the installation in conjunction with the Menil Collection’s exhibit “Experiments with Truth: Gandhi and Images of Nonviolence.”

The connection between the Menil Collection and its founder Dominique de Menil with Rice University is quite long. John and Dominique de Menil came to the university in 1969 and founded the Institute for the Arts. Ms. de Menil’s connection with the university extended into the early 1980s. Here are some images that document that time.

Dominique de Menil with student, 1972

Dominique de Menil with student, 1972

Dominique de Menil preparing for the Max Ernst exhibit, 1972

Dominique de Menil preparing for the Max Ernst exhibit, 1972

The Huxleys on Vacation

Juliette Huxley in barrel, Gonzalez Byass bodega, Spain, May 1957

Juliette Huxley in barrel, Gonzalez Byass bodega, Spain, May 1957

The Woodson Research Center has two large collections of Julian Huxley materials, including his personal library.  Not only was he a well-known evolutionary biologist, but he also started the Biology Department at Rice University. In conjunction with an exhibit on the 3rd floor, we have digitized a small selection of Julian and Juliette Huxley’s travel photographs.

Abyssinian Girl, Ethiopia, 1961

Abyssinian Girl, Ethiopia, 1961

Koranic school, Lahore, Pakistan, ca. 1950

Koranic school, Lahore, Pakistan, ca. 1950

If you’d like to see more, please see the Julian and Juliette Huxley collection online or come in to see the full collection.

Ch-Ch-Cheer

Southwest Conference championship game, 1994

Southwest Conference championship game, 1994

A couple of weeks ago cheerleaders old and new came together to celebrate a new endowment for cheer sponsored by the R Association. In conjunction with this event, there is an exhibit on the 1st floor of Fondren that includes old uniforms, scrapbooks, and other memorabilia.

We also have a large amount of cheerleading images online. Here is a sampling.

Alpha Morgan, cheerleader, 1972

Alpha Morgan, cheerleader, 1972

Cheerleaders at Homecoming Bonfire, 1953

Cheerleaders at Homecoming Bonfire, 1953

A Look Back at Houston

Houston Illustrated: A Few Facts about the South's Most Prosperous City, 1893

Houston Illustrated: A Few Facts about the South’s Most Prosperous City, 1893

In addition to Rice history, we also digitize rare books. We’ve recently uploaded a variety of books and booklets about Houston from 1893-1931. If you’d like to look at these further, click on the image. Then, you can download the pdf version of the item.

Houston as the Setting of the Jewel, The Rice Institute, 1913

Houston as the Setting of the Jewel, The Rice Institute, 1913

Notable Houstonians of Today,  1931

Notable Houstonians of Today, 1931

 

Houston Tentative Plans for its Development: Report to the Houston Park Commission, 1913

Houston Tentative Plans for its Development: Report to the Houston Park Commission, 1913

Rain, Rain, Go Away!

It could always be worse.

Rice Institute quad flooded after hurricane, as seen from 302 South Hall

This is an image of the quad taken from room 302 in South Hall aka Will Rice College. While the back of the photograph claims that it was taken during a hurricane, there is not one on record for the years 1938-1942 when alumnus James Casten took it. Perhaps, it seemed like one.


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