Panoramic Rice

Men of Rice Institute, group photograph, 1922

Men of Rice Institute, 1922

Fondren Library recently acquired a new scanner called the Indus. With this new tool, we’ve been able to scan larger maps and panoramic photographs. We’re quite excited about the larger items that we can now easily scan and post online.

Here are a few images from the 1920s. If you’d like to see the images up close, click on the image and look at the jp2 version.

Rice Institute class of 1920 group photograph

Rice Institute class of 1920

Rice Institute student body, 1924-1925

Rice Institute student body, 1924-1925

 

Soccer This Saturday . . .

The Rice Thresher, November 5, 1964

The Rice Thresher, November 5, 1964

Thankfully, with the women’s soccer team, Rice’s soccer reputation and skills have improved. We no longer play high school teams.

The Rice Thresher, February 27, 1963

The Rice Thresher, February 27, 1963

Have fun watching the final World Cup games this weekend.

Professors Having Fun

Dr. Jesse David Hellums, 1960

Dr. Jesse David Hellums, 1960

Typically, professors’ photographs are very staged and usually include a desk, chalkboard, or equipment, as seen above. In honor of the Fourth of July, here are professors having a good time. Have a wonderful 4th!

Bill Lacy, of the Rice School of Architecture, held aloft by students, 1964

Bill Lacy, of the Rice School of Architecture, held aloft by students, 1964

Dr. Neal Lane, 1986

Dr. Neal Lane on a scooter, 1986

Drs. Richard Smith, John Boles, and Allen Matusow pose with each other's publications, 1984

Drs. Richard Smith, John Boles, and Allen Matusow pose with each other’s publications, 1984

Concerts at Rice Stadium

Elton John performing during the "Face to Face Tour '95"

Elton John performing during the “Face to Face Tour ’95″

In the 1990s, Rice Stadium featured concerts and festivals by Pink Floyd, Elton John and Billy Joel, George Strait, and The Eagles. Sadly, we have yet to run across the Pink Floyd photographs in our collection, so if you have any please consider donating them. For the George Strait fans, images of that festival will be going online in a few weeks.

Billy Joel performing during the "Face to Face Tour '95"

Billy Joel performing during the “Face to Face Tour ’95″

Also, if you would like to learn more about this topic, there’s a great article from the Houston Press about the history of concerts at Rice and the University of Houston.

The Eagles performing during their "When Hell Freezes Over" Tour

The Eagles performing during their “When Hell Freezes Over” Tour

Unveiling Willy’s Statue

Unveiling ceremony of the statue of William Marsh Rice, 1930

After its official unveiling on June 8, 1930, the statue of William Marsh Rice became a favorite of photographers and a popular meeting place on campus. Here he his through the years.

William Marsh Rice statue with four students, seated, 1955

William Marsh Rice statue with four students, seated, 1955

Snow on the William Marsh Rice statue, 1977

Snow on the William Marsh Rice statue, 1977

Turning the statue of Willy back into place, 1988

Turning the statue of Willy back into place, 1988

Students gathered around the statue of William Marsh Rice, ca. 1992

Students gathered around the statue of William Marsh Rice, ca. 1992

 

The Women of Track and Field

Claudia Haywood, Triple Jump, ca. 1990. She went on to win Gold at the 1992 Olympics.

Claudia Haywood, Triple Jump, ca. 1990. She went on to win Gold at the 1992 Olympics.

With the recent news that four women, Belle MacFarlane, Claire Uke, McKenzie Johnson, and Cali Roper, will advance to the NCAA championships in Eugene, Oregon, let’s look at some of the Rice women who paved their way.

Catherine Spradley, 10,000 meters, 1985

Catherine Spradley, 10,000 meters, 1985

Pam Brooks, 4x400 relay, 4x800 relay, and hurdles, ca. 1993

Pam Brooks, 4×400 relay, 4×800 relay, and hurdles, ca. 1993

Valerie Tulloch, Javelin, ca. 1992

Valerie Tulloch, Javelin, ca. 1992

Civil War Journals and Diaries

Albert Sherrad Campbell's Signature

Albert Sherrad Campbell’s Signature

Part of our physical collection includes a wide array of journals, diaries, and log books. We have digitized some of these, most notably from the Civil War era. There are four notebooks from Albert Sherrad Campbell who describes battles and other military events in Missouri, Virginia, and Maryland. Although we only know where Campbell was from, based on his opening epigraph by George Washington, he was a Union supporter.

We also have Alexander Hobbs’ diary and his sketch of Galveston harbor. In addition to reporting the Battle of Galveston, he tells what he did on Thanksgiving in 1862.

Finally, we have John C. Crosby’s diary that details his time in the Union army as part of the Seventh Maine Regiment. Instead of writing about battles, he focuses on life inside a hospital, where he might have been an orderly. His diary also records his life post-war as a farm worker.



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