In honor of Black History Month, the Woodson Research Center has posted online a collection of original letters from the U.S.S. John Adams in 1849, describing its travels and orders, including the suppression of the slave trade. The deplorable conditions of slave ships and the practice of separating families was recognized by many as inhumane in the early 19th century, even if that belief did not yet go so far as to object to treating people as property. The United States and other countries such as Britain, many years before the U.S. Civil War, had banned human trafficking as piracy. However, enforcement in a complex international maritime trading environment was very difficult.
The letters in this collection show the U.S.S. John Adams as having clear orders to “suppress the slave trade,” and reporting in one example of being present at the Brazilian port near Campos, where a slave trading ship had passed through a month earlier, taking on slaves, and moving off probably north to the area of Espiritu Santo.
These letters include transcriptions which greatly enhance access, created in 2011 by Rice University graduate student, John Marks.
Images from: “Powell to Storer, acknowledgement of instructions to suppress the slave trade.” (1849) Rice University: http://hdl.handle.net/1911/93944.; “Powell to Storer, report of ship’s cruise to Campos, Brazil.” (1849) Rice University: http://hdl.handle.net/1911/93945.
In February 1972, Carol Rindosh became the Valentine’s Sweetheart in a bit of a peculiar way.
Football season is long over, but trading cards help fans relive the memories.
This packet includes a gift certificate for date night.
Next week, we’ll feature our baseball cards.
Our amazing student archivist, Chad Fisher, put together a new exhibit that showcases our Center for Engaged Research and Collaborative Learning collections, including those from Pimp C, SwishaHouse, and Havikoro.
The exhibit will be up until mid-March.
This totally tubular promo is for KTRU’s Movie Madness event from fall 1986.
Image from: The Rice Thresher (Houston, Tex.), Vol. 74, No. 11, Ed. 1 Friday, October 31, 1986
Another unusual entry in the Rice University Memorabilia Collection are a few scarves blessed by the Dalai Lama.
On September 22, 2005, the Dalai Lama was scheduled to come to Rice University and give two speeches: one on “Tolerance and University Responsibility” and the other “The Meaning of Compassion in Everyday Life.” Then, Hurricane Rita happened. Almost two years later, on May 1, 2007, the Dalai Lama made it to Houston spoke on the topics above.
As part of his visit sponsored by the Boniuk Institute, he blessed traditional Tibetan scarves called Khata. According to a labeling tag, they symbolize affection, greetings, honor, love, gratitude, and respect.
Image from: Rice University Campus Photographer Files, UA 188, Box 37, Folder 7, Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University
On News Master 3 from 1974, there is an interview with an unnamed man talking about the upcoming Super Bowl. He lays out the logistics concerning the big game at Rice Stadium and even how much the NFL paid to use the space.
If you can identify the mystery voice, please let us know.
Image from: “Super Bowl 1974 football game at Rice University, aerial view.” (1974) Rice University: http://hdl.handle.net/1911/75401.
Super Bowl fans are beginning to descend on Houston this week for the big game on Sunday. The Atlanta Falcons are taking on the New England Patriots.
Last week, we got an awesome donation last week at the Rice Historical Society luncheon, a ticket to Super Bowl VIII on January 13, 1974.
For those who didn’t get to attend, here are a couple views of the game.
Today is officially Opposite Day, and what better way to celebrate than to post a photograph of the wildest prank at Rice: flipping Willy’s statute to face Fondren Library instead of Lovett Hall.
We have a lot more images memorializing the event online.
Image from: Rice University Archives general photo files, “Events – Flipping Willy”, Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University
On April 11, 1970, the students occupying Allen Center were hungry. Thankfully, KTRU News reporter, Paul Hlavinka, helped bring them food and drinks from Jack In The Box and Weingarten’s.
To read more about the Abbie Hoffman incident and the following occupation of Allen Center, you can consult the April 16, 1970 issue of the Thresher.
Image from: The Rice Thresher (Houston, Tex.), Vol. 57, No. 24, Ed. 1 Thursday, April 16, 1970