A large team has been working hard to create both an interactive and historical map of Rice called instituteRice. For example, you can look at Lovett Hall from a variety of angles and at different points in time. If you love exploring, Rice history, and just poking around, this is the map for you. While the Woodson did not make this map, our archival materials pop up everywhere on it.
In a Rice News article by Katharine Shilcutt, the Woodson and Fondren Library has been working in conjunction with the Rice Media Center to help them preserve their treasures. You can read more about it here.
As the article notes, Interim Director, Amanda Focke, has a few large hard drives in her office that contain a portion of the digitized content. We wanted to show off some of the stills from one of the films entitled Three Rice Engineers (1972). This 16mm documentary created by David Gerth features interviews with John Doerr, Genevieve Howell, and Tom Dydek.
Since KTRU still needs to do station IDs, we’d suggest they dig up some of their golden oldies from amazing people who once graced the studio with their presence, like Iggy Pop, Joan Jett, Joey Ramone, Frank Zappa, and Stevie Nicks just to name a few.
We’ve featured some of these IDs on the blog before, but here’s over 14 minutes of station ID bliss.
If you want even more Rice student media, we are currently placing all of The Campanile’s online. We’re currently at 66 in total, but more are going up every week. Each pdf has to pass a number of accessibility steps to be ready for all of our patrons, so it is taking us time.
If you want to take a trip down yearbook lane, feel free to peruse the 1971 edition.
This month marks the 400th anniversary of the first slave ship landing in Virginia. What follows are bills of sale. You can follow the links to find more information and transcriptions of the documents.
We’re currently weeding our reference collection, which resides on the shelves in our reading room. It has slowly grown over the years and contains some useful items, but also books that quickly aged out of relevance. A perfect example is The Whole Internet: User’s Guide & Catalog by Ed Krol published in 1992.
In 1992, this book would have been ahead of its time. I first remember surfing the net at the end of 1994. It was a brand new frontier that moved incredibly slow. Today, this book provides a bit more guffawing. Here are some notable sections from the Table of Contents.
At the end of the book is a list of News Groups. This one for the publishers of the book had the cutest illustration. O’Reilly Media still exists.
On a completely different note, archivists at the ONE Archives and the John J. Wilcox, Jr. Archives have been trying to identify a couple, their friends, and families from the 1950s. The story is quite touching. If you are from the Philadelphia region or have family there, consider sharing the story with them.
After his death in 2017, Cal Dean Hill, Jr.‘s widow donated some items related to his time at the Rice Institute and his life in Houston and Sugar Land.
His scrapbook that documents his life as a boy has a number of highlights from tickets to the Houston Symphony to newspaper clippings of movies that he went to with his mother. What follows are some of the more interesting tidbits.
For those wondering why he highlighted his first art lesson, it’s because he continued to paint throughout his life. I found an example of his work here.
The home pictured above no longer stands in midtown. Here is the new residence.
Alan Bean and Suprathermal Ion Detector Experiment 1969-1971 on the Moon, Apollo 12 Mission
July 20th, 1969. “Houston. Tranquility Base here. The Eagle has landed.” Humanity’s first words from another world.
In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing this week , the Woodson Research Center is curating an exhibit in the Fondren Library Hobby Information Concourse.
The exhibit displays items in the Woodson Research Center which were donated by Rice scientists and astronauts during the long and productive partnership between Rice University and NASA. One of the highlights is the mechanical model of the Suprathermal Ion Detector which Apollo astronauts used to train from 1969-1971. The experiment was designed by John Freeman, former NASA scientist and a long time professor at Rice University in the Space Sciences Department. Also included is a flight jacket donated by Scientist/Astronaut Curtis Michel and other memorabilia from the Jack McCaine NASA papers and from former NASA employee Joe Hatfield. Ray Viator’s book, Houston: Space City, USA, along with pictures of Mission Control and the Johnson Space Center make up the rest of the exhibit.
There is also a permanent exhibit in the alcove nearby with photos of the Rice University scientist/astronauts who participated in many important missions for NASA, and the Lunar sample (moon rock) awarded to Rice University on the 40th anniversary of the first lunar landing.