Memorabilia Monday: Shovels

Shovels used for the November 9, 1957 groundbreaking

Shovels used for the November 9, 1957 groundbreaking

We have a nice collection of shovels: one helped plant the Pershing Pecan tree, while the rest assisted in ceremonial groundbreakings. The two shovels above are two of the ten used during the Rice Memorial Center groundbreaking. Here’s a photograph of the shovels in action.

Pictured: Steve Shapiro, Holmes Richter, and Ensign Lacy

Pictured: Steve Shapiro, Holmes Richter, and Ensign Lacy

This is the nearly finished product.

Rice Memorial Center construction, exterior view

Rice Memorial Center construction, exterior view

Fore-Edge Books

The Life of Thomas Ken, Bishop of Bath and Wells. By a Layman. Second edition revised and enlarged. vol. 2, 1855

The Life of Thomas Ken, Bishop of Bath and Wells. By a Layman. Second edition revised and enlarged. vol. 2, by John Lavicount Anderdon, 1855

We have a nice selection of books with fore-edge paintings. The painting of Wells, seen above, was added to this book in the 1940s or 1950s. In the coming months, we’ll feature some more examples from the collection.

Those Who Donated to Rice

Pictured: George R. Brown, Alice Brown, and Oveta Culp Hobby at the Allen Center open house. George R. Brown's brother, Herman and his wife Margaret Root also donated.

Pictured: George R. Brown, Alice Pratt Brown, and Oveta Culp Hobby at the Allen Center open house. George R. Brown’s brother, Herman and his wife Margaret Root Brown also gave generously to Rice.

In honor of Philanthropy Week at Rice, let’s look at some important early donors.

Captain James Addison Baker in academic regalia, 1936

Captain James Addison Baker in academic regalia, 1936

Ella Fondren, along with her husband Walter, provided the resources for the library.

Ella Fondren, along with her husband Walter, provided the resources for the library.

Harry Carothers Wiess

Harry Carothers Wiess

In addition to the donors pictured above, the Lovett family, Robert D. Herring, Herbert Allen, the Baker family, and Sally Perkins provided their expertise and funds to help shape the path of the university.

Homecoming and Reunion Weekend

Alumni reunion group posed outside the Physics Building, 1919

Alumni reunion group posed outside the Physics Building

While undergraduates see Homecoming weekend as a time to have block parties and watch football, alumni will be visiting the campus for reunions. Rice is known for its active alumni. The image above shows an alumni reunion in 1919.

For all those participating in reunions and Homecoming festivities, we hope that you have a wonderful time.

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


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