College Coordinators


Today is Administrative Professionals Day. College coordinators or as they were known in the past college secretaries perform a variety of duties outside the scope of a typical administrative professional. They manage mail deliveries, associates, student rooming, the magister’s budget, events, and a variety of student issues. That is just a snapshot because they do so much more. In this vein, let’s look at college coordinators from the past.


Alice von Eiff, Brown College, 1977


Babs Willis, Will Rice College, 1985


Skyler Johnson, Nazish, Malik, Lisa Bryan, and Henry Zhang, Jones College, 2010

If you’re a student, make sure to say thanks!

Sources: “Student poses with college secretary, Rice University.” (1970) Rice University:; “Alice von Eiff, Brown College Secretary, Rice University.” (1977) Rice University:; 1985 Campanile; 2010 Campanile.


KTRU Tuesdays: Albert Collins

From “Chicken Skin Music,” comes this interview with Albert Collins conducted on October 27, 1981. David John Scribner talks with Collins about his beginnings in Houston, how he got started in the music business, playing the electric guitar, musical collaborations, playing in Houston, and touring.

This was recorded backstage, so the audio in the background is another blues performer.

One side note for KTRU lovers, the audio from the Birthday Show has been banned in China, Holy See (Vatican City State), Italy, Malta, and San Marino. Congrats!

Image from: The Rice Thresher (Houston, Tex.), Vol. 75, No. 26, Ed. 1 Friday, April 15, 1988

Houston Folk Music Archive Updates

Over the past few months, we’ve been busy.

New Archival Collections


The Banded Geckos collection features the work of the band, which called Houston home from 1979 to 1993, before relocating to Santa Fe, New Mexico. The collection has a great array of posters, photographs, promotional materials, and audio.


Frank Davis, Sand Mountain Coffee House, ca. 1965

The Boys From Houston research files includes photographs, digital images, news clippings, and memorabilia that Vicki Welch Ayo and William C. DeLaVergne used to write the book series.


Shake Russell, Dana Cooper, and Jimmy Raycraft at Rockefeller’s, ca. 1981

The Danny McVey collection features photographs, news clippings, and audio saved by McVey, a sound engineer for The Michael Marcoulier Band, The Dishes, and Beans Barton and the Bi-Peds. Within the next few days, his oral history will also be online.

Oral Histories

Since November, we’ve been doing oral histories with members of the folk community. We’re so happy to announce that some of those are now online.


Judy Clements of the folk duo Ken and Judy talks about being a Jester Lounge regular, an early folk club in Houston.


Vince Bell discusses his time starting out in Houston up to his current work. He even performs a couple of songs and explains his unique playing style.


Richard Dobson talks about working in Houston and Nashville, and his current adventure of being a Texas singer-songwriter in Switzerland. He also discusses his songwriting process and performs two songs.

To keep up with new collections and oral histories, please follow the Houston Folk Music Archive Facebook page, as well as check out our research guide.

KTRU Tuesdays: Black Sabbath

On August 23rd, 1975, Black Sabbath visited Houston and played at the Sam Houston Coliseum. This is Bruce Kessler’s interview with Tony Iommi, the band’s lead guitarist. For those who need a bit of a brush up on their Black Sabbath history, the band members in 1975 were Bill Ward, Tony Iommi, Ozzy Osbourne, and Geezer Butler, the original line-up.

Kessler talks to Iommi about themes on the early albums, their music’s popularity, the band’s hiatus, solo albums, touring, and fans.

Be aware that the audio quality of this interview is poor.

Image from: The Rice Thresher (Houston, Tex.), Vol. 63, No. 3, Ed. 1 Thursday, August 21, 1975


International Plant Appreciation Day


Glenda McNamee, 1994

Rice’s beautiful campus didn’t just happen. It has been molded over the years by a variety of staff. These are a couple who spent their careers caring for the campus grounds.


Tony Martino, 1949

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KTRU Tuesdays: Homer Rice

On January 20, 1975, Rice Athletics held a press conference to announce the new Rice Owls Football coach and athletic director, Homer Rice. This is the audio from the press conference.

In the audio, Homer Rice speaks about his decision to work for Rice University and takes questions. He discusses the Total Person Program and his upcoming plans for the football program.

Coach Rice’s tenure did not last long. He left after two seasons.

We also just put up a new exhibit at the RMC documenting the history of Sammy the Owl in conjunction with Rice Athletics brand refresh event.

Image from: “Homer Rice,” Rice University Photograph Files, 1910-2015, UA 363, Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University

The Texan Emigrant


Among our Masterson Texana collection is this unusual little book about Texas.



Written by Col. Edward Stiff, the book acts as a biography of Col. Stiff, as well as a history of Texas. There are a few surprises inside, like this map.


Col. Stiff had very strong opinions about critics.


Also, this book plate from Yale is a bit unusual. I hope the book was obtained in an honest way.


KTRU Tuesdays: KTRU’s Anniversary

Next week, KTRU will be celebrating their 50th anniversary on 4/16. In their honor, this is almost the entire of the 1976 birthday show. We couldn’t include the complete show because we wanted to avoid any copyright issues.

The weekly Thresher calendar from that week doesn’t include any programming information for KTRU. Perhaps, everyone was busy editing the birthday show broadcast, though some parts were lifted from the KTRU sign-on show from May 20, 1971.

Please enjoy!

Image from: The Rice Thresher, Monday, April 5, 1978