KTRU Tuesdays: Hally Beth Poindexter

Last week, Dr. Hally Beth Poindexter passed away. We recently digitized her “To the Point” episode. Talking to Scott Hochberg, she discusses how to stay fit at Rice and beyond.

Memorabilia Monday: Owl Tissue Ball


Because we love to keep everything, we have bunches of party decorations. This owl is an undated example.

Tech Thursday: Leveling

This will be the last Tech Thursday post I author. It’s a bit of a bittersweet occasion for me, and I hope you all have enjoyed this as much as I have. So, without further ado, I’m going back one more time to my favorite source for Tech Thursday posts- the Rare Book Collection.

A few years ago, Woodson then-intern Susan Kirby made an online exhibit for the History of Science Rare Book collection, featuring some scanned images from a little volume entitled Traité du Nivellement by Jean Picard (1620-1682). Picard was a French astronomer credited with a number of advances in his field, the most famous being the first accurate measurement of the Earth’s size. He was also interested in surveying and hydraulics, and was the principle designer of the aqueducts and cisterns that supplied water to Versailles.

Traité was published posthumously by Phillippe de la Hire, a French polymath and contemporary of Picard. Broken up in sections, the book discusses the theory, instruments, and practices of Leveling, a kind of land surveying. La Hire also included a condensed version of another of Picard’s works, Measuring the Earth. The book includes many diagrams of surveying interments, many of which were original to Picard, including a level fixed with telescope lenses and reticules.










Twinkling Stars

Astronomica, 1788

Our student worker, Claire, has been making gifs all summer long. This one is the frontispiece to our 1788 edition Marcus Manilius’ Astronomica.

KTRU Tuesdays: The Owlman Contest

Today’s audio clip features some Owlman contest promos from spring 1982. We  know very little about this show other than that John “Grungy” Gladu played the title character. In the comments, please tell us more.

Image from: The Rice Thresher (Houston, Tex.), Vol. 68, No. 29, Ed. 1 Thursday, April 9, 1981

One more thing, the Rice News wrote an article on the Richard Dobson collection.

Memorabilia Monday: Ye Old College Inn Scrapbook

The Ye Old College Inn memorabilia collection, though small, consists of mainly Rice sports-related photographs, a signed photograph of legend Jim Thorpe, and a scrapbook, which you can view in its entirety here.


This page celebrates the Inn’s 5th anniversary in 1925 and the opening of the Spanish Room.



Humanities students dig deep in the Archives

This past spring, the Woodson in partnership with the Humanities Research Center supervised two undergraduate students in archival research in the areas of medical humanities and cultural heritage. Students learned to apply their humanistic training to real-world problems and to put their critical thinking to use as they learned new practical skills. The students conducted deep research and analysis of primary sources and learned about the nature of archives.

Miriam Shayeb is a freshman English major and was selected to work with the Kezia Payne DePelchin Yellow fever epidemic letters, 1878-1879 (MS 201). This collection consists primarily of a bound volume of 34 letters, the majority of which were written by Mrs. Kezia Payne DePelchin (1828-1893) of Houston, to her sister, describing her experiences as a nurse during the Yellow fever epidemic of 1878 in Tennessee, Mississippi and Alabama. The letters have been digitized and transcribed and are available in the Rice Institutional Repository. Miriam analyzed the letters to gain insight into the treatment of illness in postbelllum South and the “interactions between doctors and nurses during an era in which nursing was not completely professionalized.” She also focused on the intersection of race and illness and nursing. She created two online articles on the OpenStax / cnx.org platform:


Edna Otuomagie is a Junior Visual and Dramatic Arts (VADA) major and was selected to work on the Between Decisions Omeka Exhibit. Utilizing Fondren’s Omeka web-based exhibit platform, the exhibit explores how Rice University historically handled gender/sex and race relations through discussion of the huge decisions Rice made concerning these issues from 1957 to 1970—a time when Rice underwent many changes including desegregation based on gender/sex and race. Edna researched the topic in the university archives and spoke with University Historian Melissa Kean and others in the Rice community. Edna created a fascinating exhibit on a topic of great interest that had not been covered in a succinct but over-arching way. Her exhibit is available online: http://exhibits.library.rice.edu/exhibits/show/between-decisions Edna was honored with First Prize in the School of Humanities for her research and received the Humanities Research Center’s First Prize at the Rice Undergraduate Research Symposium.


Jacqueline McCauley at Rice University, 1965

Both students created thoughtful archival research projects and delivered them in accessible ways online to a broader audience.

KTRU Tuesdays: Advice for New Students

The incoming class of new students received their college letters over the weekend.

Back in August 1981, Debbie Gronke interviewed Dr. Stephen Klineberg, Dr. Jeff Kurtzman, and Dr. Harold Rorschach for a special called “Freshman Show.” This snippet highlights how the college system and extracurricular activities enhance the Rice experience and shape communication skills. While the advice might be 35 years old, it is still spot-on.

Image from: Image from: “Dr. Stephen Klineberg at the Lovett College winter festival, Rice University.” (1983) Rice University: http://hdl.handle.net/1911/75942.

Memorabilia Monday: Owl Hat

There’s a new item in the Memorabilia collection. It’s a fragile felt hat worn by the Rice Institute band circa 1921.


Here are the members sporting the caps. Sadly in black and white the owl hats don’t seem as special.


Image from: Rice University Archives, photo files, “Group – Bands (Rice Institute, 1921) and others,” Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University

Back at ya!

It’s International Kissing Day. David B. Bettis is happy to participate.


Image from: 1973 Campanile

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