Published March 10, 2014
As part of her MLS practicum experience, TWU grad Susan Kirby created an online exhibit featuring books from the Woodson Research Center’s History of Science book collection. Susan selected works from the collection, scanned pages, created metadata, researched the works and created the layout of the exhibit. The exhibit also includes an introduction by Dr. Albert Van Helden, Rice professor emeritus of history, who was instrumental in the acquisition of many of the books in the History of Science collection. The exhibit can be found online: http://exhibits.library.rice.edu/exhibits/show/historyscience
Newton, Sir Isaac (1642-1727). Philosophia Naturalis Principia Mathematica, 1687.
The History of Science collection includes important volumes of physics, mathematics, and astronomy tracing the history of science. The collection includes four rare astronomy books: Nicolaus Copernicus’ masterpiece, De Revolutionibus Orbium Coelestium (1566), which marks the dawn of modern science; Alessandro Piccolomini’s La Sfera del Mondo (1579), considered the first handbook for stargazers; Cornelius Gemma’s De Naturae Divinis Characterismis (1575) relating to the nova of 1572 and a comet in 1556; and Johannes Kepler’s Tabulae Rudolpinae (1675), the first English text of Kepler’s tables based on the laws of planetary motion.
Susan received her master’s degree in library science from Texas Woman’s University in December 2013.
Hevelius, Johannes (1576-1649). Johannis Hevelii Selenographia, 1647.
Published March 6, 2014
Laying the Cornerstone
On March 2, 1911, a construction crew placed the cornerstone of the Administration Building (Lovett Hall) in the ground. The image above is an artistic representation of the photograph below. In the image above, the men in dark coats are from left to right: William Ward Watkin, Edgar O. Lovett, Lombardi, Captain James A. Baker, J.E. McAshan, W.M. Rice, and in the foreground with his back to the viewer, B.B. Rice.
Published February 27, 2014
This signed and dated photograph was taken four years after Thorpe had retired from sports. Considered to be one of the best athletes of the 20th century, Jim Thorpe not only won Olympic Gold in the pentathlon and decathlon, he also played professional football, baseball, and basketball. This photograph hung on the walls of the Inn along with other sports memorabilia.
Published February 20, 2014
Claude Bracey, Track, 1928 Olympics, 1st Rice Olympian
Rice has had its fair share of Olympic talent over the years, most notably in track and field events. Here are a few of our Olympic athletes.
Fred Hansen, Gold Medal in the Pole Vault, 1964 Olympics
Gawain Guy, Track, 1984 Olympics competed for Jamaica, 1988 Olympics competed for the U.S.
Rosey Edeh, Hurdler, 1988, 1992, and 1996 Olympics, competing for Canada
Andrea Blackett, Hurdler, 2000 and 2004 Olympics, competing for Barbados
Published February 13, 2014
Press conference with Dr. Masterson and Herb Allen during the Masterson presidency controversy
In February 1969, the Rice University campus was in turmoil over the decision to make Dr. William H. Masterson the university president. We have recently uploaded a wide range of images from the five-day event. If you would like to learn more specifics about the event, watch Melissa Kean’s “Rice’s ‘Masterson Crisis’: ‘The problem is, what is the university going to be?’
Students wearing tags which read “Welcome Dr. Masterson”
Dr. Masterson speaking with bullhorn
Herzstein Hall featuring paper banner reading “Education without Trust”
Students and faculty protesting outdoors wearing “It Can’t Happen Here” signs
Published February 6, 2014
General John J. Pershing, Dr. Edgar O. Lovett, and Lindsey Blayney on Pershing Day, Rice Institute
On February 5, 1920, World War I hero, General John J. Pershing visited Rice Institute. During his visit, General Pershing planted a pecan tree, which still stands in Founder’s Court.
Published January 30, 2014
Starting in 1954, the Chinese University Club began hosting a yearly Chinese New Year’s Dance. Here’s an article from the 1959 Thresher about the fifth annual Chinese New Year’s Dance held at the Rice Hotel Crystal Ballroom. To find out more about the Chinese University Club, which later became the Chinese Professional Club, please see the article “CPC President Charles Chien” from the Southwest Chinese Journal.