Before Rice built a tunnel system, the early Institute campus endured floods and wet, soggy terrain. The above photo from the William Ward Watkin architectural records shows how bad it could be on campus.
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Since today is the last day of classes and many Rice seniors are simultaneously relieved and filled with a bit of dread about their future, let’s look back at senior life circa 1949. This Senior Banquet program has a brief, funny history of the class of ’49, as well as the night’s menu, which includes roast turkey with dressing and salad du chef.
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The new “Literary Societies at Rice” exhibit outlines the history of women’s literary societies at Rice from 1914-1980s. These societies provided Rice women, who were unable to live on campus until 1957, a chance to organize, socialize, and plan functions.
Featuring items from scrapbooks, photographs, programs, administrative materials, personal items, and correspondence, the exhibit shows the growth and change of the groups through the decades.
To read more about these societies, visit the online exhibit.
A physical exhibit is on view during Spring and early Summer 2012 in the Fondren Library, on the 3rd floor outside the Kyle Morrow Room.
Fondren Library has digitized back issues of The Rice Thresher from 1958-1967 and made them available online in Rice’s digital repository at http://scholarship.rice.edu/handle/1911/27631. Readers can access full issues or individual articles in pdf format, as well as search the full text of the collection.
The late 1950s and through the mid-1960s represent a vibrant period of time on the Rice campus. The residential college system as we know it now had just taken shape, and graduate research increased significantly. Rice Institute changed its charter to admit students without regard to race or color and to enable charging tuition for the first time, which in turn made it possible to secure research grants and other key funding. The curriculum was expanded from its science and engineering focus to include more humanities subjects. Rayzor Hall and Anderson Hall graced the academic quad. Two U.S. Presidents spoke at Rice; in 1960, Dwight D. Eisenhower gave a non-political speech and in 1962, John F. Kennedy spoke in the Rice Stadium on the space race.
Since 1916, The Rice Thresher has been the official student newspaper of Rice University. It is published every Friday during the school year, except during examination periods and holidays. The Rice Thresher provides online access to current issues as well as a partial archive of issues from the 1990s and 2000s at http://www.ricethresher.org.
Other Rice publications that are available freely online include the General Announcements starting from 1912, Rice presidential inauguration speeches and general histories of the university. See them online in a variety of formats at the Internet Archive, http://www.archive.org/search.php?query=riceuniversity.