Forgotten Children’s Books


During the summer, our student worker, Claire, created a few gifs, which we’ll be sharing over the next few months. One book that she selected is an atypical book in our rare book collection. It’s Pages and Pictures from Forgotten Children’s Books: Brought Together and Introduced to the Reader by Andrew White Tuer and published by his Leadenhall Press.

Our copy contains some notes at the beginning.



Of course, the title page has been perforated with Rice Institute Library.


The title page of an instructional book.


Claire’s cool gif from that book.


A lovely advertisement at the end of the book.


KTRU Tuesdays: Food Fight

The academic school year 1983/1984 probably had many news events, but for some reason, KTRU News did not report them. While some years have three to five news reels, 1983/1984 only has one. The inventory that accompanied the tape states: “Sorry, guys, but News sorta died until mid-march ’84 . . . Oh, well . . .”

There was one interesting news story on the reel, which had two follow-up reports. This was the September 9, 1983 food fight at the Sid Richardson College servery. If you want to know more, take a moment to hear the shifting story delivered by Dave Collins and David Tuttle about the event.

Below is the Thresher’s take on the story.



Images from: The Rice Thresher (Houston, Tex.), Vol. 71, No. 5, Ed. 1 Friday, September 16, 1983

Memorabilia Monday: Liberty Hall Tickets


While our Liberty Hall collection is not ready for viewing yet, (we’re expecting a few more items next month), we did want to provide you a sneak peek. Above are a few tickets from shows most likely designed by George Banks. If not, please let us know.

These came from a scrapbook that Ryan Trimble kept, which documents the first two years of the venue. It’s a wonderful scrapbook filled with great photography, especially from the plays. Sadly, it had some preservation issues. The tape that affixed these tickets lost its stick and left brown stains behind.

We do have big plans for this collection, including an online exhibit, which will include oral histories from co-owners Lynda Herrera and Ryan Trimble.

If you have items from this historic music venue that you would like to donate, please contact us.

Brown College Freshman Week 1972


Brown College’s historian [?] created a wonderful scrapbook for the 1972/1973 academic year. It includes the above description of the week. It’s interesting to note that Freshman Week like today’s O-Week exhausted the new students.

Can anyone explain what the “poop panel” was?

Image from: Margarett Root Brown College Records, 1965-2015, UA 074, Box 26, Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University

KTRU Tuesdays: Photo ID Cards

This week all of the new students will be taking pictures for their new ID cards, which will give them access to their colleges, food at the serveries, labs, and can even hold Tetra points which can be used to purchase food elsewhere on campus. The college ID has become an important part of the college experience.

In the fall of 1980, the administration replaced the old ID card, which sadly we don’t have an example of, with one containing a photograph. Here’s Debbie Gronke’s news story on this major change, which features then Campus Police/RUPD Assistant Chief Mary Voswinkel.

UPDATE: This comment comes from an “anonymous reader.” We thank that person for the information.

“All students were issued a “blanket tax” student i.d. card in fall of 1966 and it contained a photo of the student. It was a cardboard card laminated with plastic on both sides. It had numbers or dots around the top and lower margins which were punched with a hand-held hole-punch when the student entered a football game or voted in a student election, or whatever. Some events had no designated dot to punch and so simply displaying the card was all that was required. Photos were black and white and about the size of one’s thumbnail.

In about 1969 or 1970, that form of identification card was replaced with a white i.d. card of plastic about the size, shape and consistency of a credit card (pre-metallic data strip era). It had a raised student identity number and letters spelling out the student’s last name and first 2 initials. It also had a color photo. It was simply displayed to permit entry. (I do not recall it being run through a ticket embosser like old credit cards to print the raised number and name onto a ticket, although it was obviously designed for that.).

One peculiarity at first: if a student missed the photo session, sometimes a card was issued without a photo and then a new card with a photo was issued later. But the administration failed to require the photo-less cards to be turned back in and soon they had substantial black-market value as they could be used to admit non-Rice students of either sex (since displayed initials only, not a name) to college commons meal lines or football games.

If I remember correctly, in the 1970 Campanile Year Box, there is a page in one of the booklets with copies of the identification card mugshots of many seniors from their 1966 freshman i.d. cards.”

Memorabilia Monday: Dry O-Week T-shirt


Front of Hanszen’s O-Week T-shirt

While today new students/freshmen drinking during O-Week would be a scandal, this was not always the case. Last week’s KTRU Tuesday recording from August 1982 had a news story about Lovett College’s Casino Party no longer being a way to introduce new students to alcohol. One major reason is that the drinking age in Texas had been increased to 19.

It took some time until O-Week became officially dry. That year was 1989. The Hanszen College O-Week coordinators turned the new status quo into an O-Week theme and summed up their feelings in their T-shirt.


Back of Hanszen’s O-Week T-shirt

Lovett College and Sid Richardson College thumbed their nose at the new policy. Lovett’s O-Week book has a stag drinking out of a beer mug with a straw, as seen below. Sid embraced partying with a fiesta theme.


Lovett College’s O-Week book

To read more about Rice’s first dry O-Week, check out this Thresher.

Images from: Harry Clay Hanszen College Records, Rice University, 1963-2015, UA 072, Box 22, Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University

Edgar Odell Lovett College Records, Rice University, 1967-2015,  UA 071, Box 34, Folder 17, Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University.

UPDATE: This comment comes from an “anonymous reader.” We thank that person for the information.

“First, the legal drinking age in Texas was 21 for many years after the end of Prohibition until about 1973, when it dropped to 18 for the first time; second, alcohol was formally banned on campus for many years for all students, even those over 21 (and its possession was a rustication offense), although the rule was widely but not openly ignored.

As a result, all alcohol parties had to occur off campus and thus were subject to local law enforcement, not friendly campus police. I do not remember any alcohol being served during my first week as a Rice student in 1966 (then called “Freshman Week”).

That rule was one reason why Beer-Bike was such a big deal — the rule somehow just didn’t apply to the beer drinking relay team during the race.”


O-Week Exhibit


Our summer student workers, Claire Weddle and Emma Keith, created an exhibit in the Rice Memorial Center that celebrates the history of O-Week/Freshman Week in the colleges. If you’re on campus, you should check it out.





Also, for those not in the know, O-Week kicks off this Sunday when the students arrive. Yesterday, though, the eager O-Week advisors moved back onto campus and will be working incredibly hard with the O-Week coordinators and First Year Programs to pull off this special week-long event.

KTRU Tuesdays: Summer of 1982

For those new and returning to campus on August 22, 1982, David Tuttle reviewed the summer’s big events from Pres. Norman Hackerman’s summer injury to new buildings on campus. The audio also contains local and Texas news like the arrest of Coral Eugene Watts and a riot at Southern Methodist University.

Image from: The Rice Thresher (Houston, Tex.), Vol. 70, No. 1, Ed. 1 Wednesday, July 7, 1982

New Videos

In case you haven’t been watching the Fondren Library YouTube page, you missed some new videos that we uploaded.

This one made by Camille Chenevert showcases our historical images and charts the growth of the university.

The other video shows how the library has changed through the years. It was made by Ian McCarthy with assistance by Claire Weddle.

KTRU Tuesdays: Allen Ginsberg

On April 11, 1983, Allen Ginsberg not only came to Rice, but he spoke at the Hanszen College Commons. Here he is reading his poetry and answering a few questions from Dave Collins.

If you’d like to read more about his talk, there was a nice write-up in the Thresher.

Image from: The Rice Thresher (Houston, Tex.), Vol. 70, No. 27, Ed. 1 Friday, April 8, 1983

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