Happy 4th of July

Intramural Sports Picnic, April 29, 1971

Intramural Sports Picnic, April 29, 1971

Today is the end of the week here at the Woodson. Over the holiday weekend, we hope everyone has as much fun as the people above.

Memorabilia Monday: Beer Profitizer

Beer Profitizer

Back in 1982, not all parties at Rice were free. Thankfully, Coors created a calculator to help those tasked with charging students based on both the size of the glass and the percentage of frothy head.

Coors Beer Profitizer

The company even included helpful serving tips. Remember always serve beer in a “beer clean” glass.

This item comes from the Lovett College records.

Tech Thursday: Secretary Edition

This week the International Association of Administrative Professionals, Houston Chapter donated their papers to the Woodson. It’s a wonderful collection that features their journal Strikeovers, the national magazine, scrapbooks, photographs, news clippings, and other items. While this might not seem like a collection filled with technology, it actually is. Both Strikovers and Today’s Secretary are filled with ads for the latest gadgets that might improve the work life of an administrative professional.

Cover of Today's Secretary

The ad below comes from the Dictation Disc Company, which provided records for secretaries-in-training to practice shorthand. Perky Emily loves the records so much that she’s spending more time doing shorthand than dating Charlie Kapanski. Poor Charlie!

Ad from Today's Secretary

The secretaries of yore didn’t do shorthand all the time. They also knew how to party.

Secretaries at play

Secretaries at play

Pets on Campus

Annise Parker and Kodiak, 1977

Annise Parker and Kodiak, 1977

Currently, pet ownership within the colleges is limited to Masters and RAs who generally own a couple of cats or dogs. Students used to share this same privilege until it was banned in 1977. It’s unclear when this started. If you know, please say so in the comments.

Below is the Food and Housing pet registration form.


There is even a list of all the students who had cats and dogs. As is clear in the top photograph, Mayor Parker preferred dogs and must have gotten hers right before the ban began. Dogs and cats owned before the ban took affect were grandfathered.



These forms come from the Lovett College records, which were donated by Sharon O’Leary, the Lovett College Coordinator.

Memorabilia Tuesday: Space Flag

Flag flown during the Columbia Space Shuttle Mission STS-109

Yes, the post is a day late. When the main blogger is away from the desk for the day, the posts may not go out on time.

Text reads: Flown on STS-109 Columbia, March 1-12, by Dr. Jim Newman, Rice MA 1982, Ph.D 1984

Text reads: Flown on STS-109 Columbia, March 1-12, by Dr. Jim Newman, Rice MA 1982, Ph.D 1984

As is often the case, a friend of the Woodson found a great piece of history and dropped it by. This time it was Mary Lowery from the Welcome Center. What she brought to us is pretty special.

Astronaut Jim Newman in space, 1993

Astronaut Jim Newman in space, 1993

The flag above was flown on the STS-109 Columbia. During the mission that began March 1, 2002, the Columbia Space Shuttle serviced the Hubble Telescope. It was the Columbia’s last successful flight. Of the seven astronauts on board, three have either attended Rice, taught at Rice, and/or have children that have attended. One of these three, Dr. Jim Newman flew the Rice flag. As his photograph above attests, he is quite proud of his alma mater.

Curiouser and Curiouser: 150 years of Alice in Wonderland

This year marks the 150th anniversary of the publication of one of the most beloved children’s books. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland written by Lewis Carroll (pen name for Charles L. Dodgson) was published in July 1865. Inspired by real events and a real child, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland was first imagined on a summer’s day in Oxford. On July 4, 1862, Lewis Carroll traveled downriver with the Dean of Christ Church, Oxford (the college at which Carroll was a lecturer in Mathematics), and his family. Along the way he told the family a story about a bored little girl called Alice who goes looking for an adventure. The family loved it and at the end of that day, the daughter, Alice Liddell, asked for the story to be written down. He wrote “Alice’s Adventures Under Ground” for her, and gave her a handwritten, illustrated copy. The original manuscript is in the British Library and has been digitized:

Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures Under Ground, dedication page

Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures Under Ground, dedication page

Friends who read the little book convinced Carroll that it should be published. The story was edited, expanded and renamed, and illustrated by John Tenniel – whose famous images clearly take many of their compositions from Carroll’s originals:

“Curiouser and curiouser!” from Carroll’s original manuscript (facsimile copy) PR 4611 .A7 1886

“Curiouser and Curiouser!” Tenniel’s illustrations

John Tenniel’s illustrations brought the story to life and provided the original published image of Alice. When most people think of Alice in her blue dress, blonde hair, and Alice band (hair band), it’s Tenniel’s illustrations they’re remembering. The first edition was published in an edition of 2,000 copies by Macmillan & Co. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland was a publishing sensation, beloved by children and adults alike. The book has never been out of print and has been translated into at least 176 languages. A facsimile copy of the original manuscript was published in 1886.

The sequel to Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland: Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There was published in 1872. From our Limited Editions collection we have copies of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland published in 1932 on the centenary of Carroll’s birth and Alice Through the Looking-Glass published in 1935. Both volumes bear the signature of Alice Hargreaves “the original Alice.” The Tenniel illustrations were re-engraved from the originals by Frederic Warde.


The “original” Alice’s signature

Memorabilia Monday: Houston Pamphlet

Nestled near the back of Milo Westel Ford, Jr.’s scrapbook is this interesting pamphlet. Since it is pasted in, it is missing a page, but the map portion is quite interesting. Based on Ford’s time at Rice, it should date around 1939/1940.

Front of pamphlet

Front of pamphlet

Inside facts page

Inside facts page

Map of Houston

Unusual map

About Milo W. Ford, Jr., he started at the Rice Institute in 1936 and graduated with a BA. After returning to his hometown of Dayton, TX, he eventually became President of the Dayton State Bank and retired in 1987. Ford passed away rather recently on October 24, 2014 at the age of 96.

Senior photo from the 1940 Campanile

Senior photo from the 1940 Campanile

His scrapbook consists of news clippings and a few pieces of ephemera. Unlike other alumni scrapbooks in our collection, Ford never collected news clippings about his Rice exploits, but collected lots of clippings about other people and events. Based on his scrapbook, he liked sports, namely football, and was a huge lover of art. During his time at Rice, he worked at the Museum of Fine Arts (MFAH). He saved his invitations to art showings and even a clipping about an art thief with whom he might have worked.


The Vindicator, October 21, 2014

Dayton News, September 28, 2014

Tech Thursday: Samuel F. Cody- Aeronautical Pioneer

Apologies for the late post.

First I want to thank Norie Guthrie for taking over Tech Thursday for the last two months. She found some really amazing stuff to share with you all; the idea for today’s post was hers, as well. You don’t know how good you had it! So, thank you Norie!

Now, on with the show.

Samuel F. Cody was an early pioneer of aeronautics. Born in Iowa in 1867 as Samuel Franklin Cowdery, he adopted the surname ‘Cody’ in his youth, probably in emulation of Buffalo Bill Cody, for whom he was often mistaken. Cody was a successful Wild West Showman, touring the United States and Britain throughout the 1880s and 90s.

War Kite

War Kite

Around that time, Cody became fascinated with kites. Improving upon the box kite design, he patented the first Cody Kite in 1901. At the time, balloons were often used by meteorologists and by the military. Unlike Balloons, Cody’s kites could be operated in high winds. This earned Cody a Fellowship at the Royal Meteorological Society. He also made several demonstrations for the British Army and Navy, eventually impressing them enough to be appointed Chief Kiting Instructor for the Balloon School in Aldershot in 1906.

Cody by Plane

About a year later, Cody moved away from kites and into powered flight. In 1908, he became the first man in Britain to fly a machine powered aircraft. In 1910, he flew for 4 hours and 47 minutes to win the Michelin Cup. In 1912, Cody entered into the Daily Mail Competition, but came in 4th. In 1912, his Cody V machine won the British Military Aeroplane competition. Tragically, Cody was killed while testing his Cody Floatplane in 1913.



Mr. Cody’s new aeroplane at Aldershot, which he has had specially constructed for the Daily Mail competition.

“Mr. Cody’s new aeroplane at Aldershot, which he has had specially constructed for the Daily Mail competition.”

60HP Green when flying 115 miles attempting[?] to win 2nd Michelin No. 1 Trophy. 60HP Green when flying 115 miles attempting[?] to win 2nd Michelin No. 1 Trophy. Won with a longer flight a few days later.

60HP Green when flying 115 miles attempting[?] to win 2nd Michelin No. 1 Trophy. 60HP Green when flying 115 miles attempting[?] to win 2nd Michelin No. 1 Trophy. Won with a longer flight a few days later.

Cody Military Trials, Monoplane,  1912

“Cody Military Trials, Monoplane, 1912″

His flourishes are as big as his mustache.

Cody’s Autograph. His flourishes are as big as his mustache.

These images are available through the Anderson Aeronautical History Collection.




Benjamin M. Anderson Aeronautical History collection, MS 69, Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University.

Sticky Brown College Slides

Freshman Week - Goya Qualls, advisor, and Linda Tucker, associate

Freshman Week – Goya Qualls, advisor, and Linda Tucker, associate, 1981

A few months ago, the Brown College Coordinator, Nancy Henry, donated slides made by devoted Brown Associate Paul Pfeiffer. For years, he chronicled his time with the members of the college. He attended well-known events, Beer Bike, and little known ones, S.O.B.’s (Seniors of Brown). There’s even one of him in drag attending a Doe Party. Let’s just say that Dr. Pfeiffer did not make a pretty woman.

Dr. Paul Pfeiffer, Mathematics, 1965

Dr. Paul Pfeiffer, Computational and Applied Mathematics, 1965

While Pfeiffer organized all of his slides and grouped them in plastic bags according to date, he sadly did not use the right type of slide enclosures. The result is that the plastic degraded and has started to become a sticky mess. Because of the red hue that has bled from the “Kodachrome slide” print, it looks and feels like someone has poured Kool-Aid on everything.

slides in bag

 sticky slide enclosure

This does not mean that the slides are ruined or have even been damaged per se. Some of the sticky ones will be cleaned, and all of them will be rehoused in proper slide preservers. By doing this, we can ensure that everyone can see how the women of Brown College spent their time.

Polo and Fishing Fore-Edge Painting


These idyllic fore-edge paintings come from Mary Grey Lundie Duncan’s book entitled Memoir of Mrs. Mary Lundie Duncan: Being Recollection of a Daughter by Her Mother, third edition, published in 1846. After her daughter’s untimely death at 25, Mary Grey Lundie Duncan recorded her daughter’s life and her hymns. Mary Lundie Duncan wrote hymns for her children, most notably “Jesus, tender Shepherd, hear me” and “My Saviour, be Thou near me.”


As with an earlier post that focused on fore-edge paintings, the art added to books by owners do not always match the subject matter. It’s unclear when the art was added, but polo and fly fishing do not seem to have much of a relationship to the young life of a devout Scottish woman.

Book plate

There is more to this book. It was donated to the library by Mr. and Mrs. Herman Brown in memory of their friend Florence Rice “Floy” Rodman Barnhardt. She was born in Minnesota and died in Houston, TX. Her husband, Gen. George Columbus Barnhardt, commanded the 28th Infantry Division in World War I. She and her husband are buried in United States Military Academy Post Cemetery at West Point. The relationship between Floy Rodman Barnhardt and the Browns is unknown, but it must have been close.

Thanks to our new archival assistant, Alicia Fan, for making the gifs.

Sources consulted: Mary Lundie Duncan hymns, Minister Henry Duncan, Find a Grave: Florence Rice “Floy” Rodman Barnhardt, and Find a Grave: Gen. George Columbus Barnhardt.

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