From right to left: Toshiki Kaifu (Japan), Brian Mulroney (Canada), Margaret Thatcher (Great Britain), George Bush (USA), Francois Mitterrand (France), Helmut Kohl (Germany), Giulio Andreotti (Italy), and Jacques Delors, President of the European Commission.
This summer marks the 25th anniversary of the Economic Summit or as it is also known the 16th G7 summit.
We’re lucky to have a large amount of materials documenting this special event. This includes a bottle of wine.
This “red table wine” hails from Tulette, France and was made at Cellier des Dauphins in Côtes du Rhône.
Would you still drink it? I think I might pass.
Published July 30, 2015
Astrodome exterior view with cars, 1970
Astrodome Memories is hosting a Scanning Event, Saturday, August 8th, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM at the Houston Metropolitan Research Center in the Julia Ideson Building, 550 McKinney St.
Bring anything with you that is Astrodome-related, such as: home movies, photographs, posters, game programs, and any other memorabilia. You can also bring your memories and record an oral history.
Any items that you bring will be scanned/digitized for free and will be placed online at astrodomememories.org.
Help preserve the 8th Wonder of the World!
In our Woodring collection of Ricketts and Shannon books, there are both bound and unbound copies of The Butterfly: A Humorous and Artistic Magazine. In our holdings, we have no. 1-10 published from May 1893 to February 1894.
The magazine contains poetry, short stories, very short plays, and wonderful drawings. Our cute crab comes from the poem “Church Bells” by L. Godfrey-Turner with the crab illustration by E.W. The narrative poem is in the voice of a woman in bed who hears the church bells and ponders their meaning. Here are the best lines:
If Church and Religion were muffins and crumpets,
Or trains on the point of departure, or clowns
We’d probably welcome, with flourish of trumpets,
The noises our churches kick up in our towns.
While the humor of the poem I understand, I’m not to sure how the crab fits in.
Get jazzed up for football season with these signs from alum Ed Hinders ’71 via Joyce Courtois at Will Rice College.
It’s unclear if these were drawn by Mr. Hinders, but it’s a safe assumption. The envelope of items that he donated included a copy of Rice’s humor magazine The Bird, which contained similar drawings. We’ll showcase the magazine another time. It’s now on its way to cataloging and will be placed in a special box along with the other copy that we have.
If anyone else out there saved copies of The Bird, we would love to see them.
Here’s to those that braved sunburn and heat stroke to hear a bit of heavy metal in July of 1988, especially this guy.
Texxas Jam, “Monsters of Rock” festival
Not exactly the chair that Pres. Edgar Odell Lovett sat in to do this work, but one that was in his office. This chair and its twin sit at the front of two ranges of book shelves in the Woodson.
Owl detail on chair
This is Lovett’s office in the Administration Building (Lovett Hall) in 1912. The chairs are not there, though. Perhaps, they were added later.
title page with illustration
In honor of Cow Appreciation Day, here is a short treatise celebrating the cow. While we can’t put up the entire 12 page work, we can show the illustrations and inscription.
colophone with author’s signature
This cow “philosophy” written by J. Evetts Haley and illustrated by Harold Dow Bugbee espouses the wonders of the cow and all that she has given to our society, like fresh milk, Longhorn steers, and adventurous men. If you can track down a copy, perhaps, it will move you to hug a cow.
On Friday, we received the Ayers Plantation collection. Although it won’t be ready for research for a few months, I wanted to give you a sneak peek at one of the special items.
The Ayers family between the early 1910s and the late 1920s enjoyed putting on plays for each other. To this end, they made costumes and had some made by tailors. The jacket above was made for Esther May Ayers. The piece is quite exquisite with its thick lining, frog closures, and knotted brocade on the collar. It is one of many costumes in the collection.
front of collar
Back of collar detail
UPDATE: This costume is actually not a costume. Here’s the real story from a member of the Ayers family:
There is not a lot of wear on it, and this could possibly be the outfit from one of the old family stories: When my grandmother Esther was married, she lived on the plantation with her husband Towns. Part of her trousseau was a navy blue riding habit, of which she was exceptionally proud. She wore it the first time she rode into town [She hailed from Illinois. This would have been a small town in rural Louisiana or Mississippi.] as a new bride. The guys left her in the general store and went to do their other errands. She stood there and stood there, and the merchant would not acknowledge her or wait on her. Finally, the guys came back and got her. They realized that the store owners were ignoring her because they thought she was collecting for the Salvation Army. She was mortified and furious in equal measures. Not sure she ever wore the outfit again.
Esther May Martin Ayers (1895-1972) was married in March 1918. Thus, the date of this piece is from that year.
Franz Brotzen, Rice University, 1965
Franz Brotzen was the Stanley C. Moore Professor Emeritus of Materials Science at Rice University. Born in Berlin in 1915, Brotzen came to Rice in 1954, founding the Materials Science program. He taught until 2009 and passed away a year later. Brotzen was a prolific researcher who made important contributions to his field, and his impact on campus life at Rice was enormous. He received four George R. Brown awards for excellence in teaching, the Mentor Recognition Award from the Rice Student Association in 1987, and the Gold Medal from the Rice Alumni Association in 1989. A great world traveller, he and wife, Frances, established the Brotzen Summer Travel Award for students interested in studying abroad. He was a former Dean of Engineering and former Master of both Jones and Brown colleges.
The Woodson is currently processing Brotzen’s lecture notes, research, and published works. Here are a few curiosities from the collection.
Glass Slide, 1
Glass Slide, 2
Glass Slide, 3
Glass Slide, 4
Mechanical Engineering proposed slides
Since 2005’s Hurricane Rita occurred during the school year, students stayed put within the confines of the college. Considering the problems that arose with the mass evacuation, it was a smart idea.
As a way to celebrate the hurricane that thankfully did not decimate parts of Houston, the students threw a party with a pretty catchy name. Hopefully, the margaritas were top shelf (although I doubt it) and the humiliation was kept to a minimum.
This flier came from Will Rice College’s digital archive, which is housed on Google Drive and formally archived within the Woodson.