Memorabilia Monday: Lovett’s Olive Wood Box

According to lore, the box above sat on Rice Institute Pres. Edgar Odell Lovett's desk

According to lore, the box above sat on Rice Institute Pres. Edgar Odell Lovett’s desk

Carved owl

Carved owl

While the box is quite beautiful on its own, it’s the contents that are rather important. Given to Lovett by Pres. Woodrow Wilson, the box contains the decree and diploma of the honorary degree of Doctor of Laws, which was conferred on Pres. Wilson by the University of Athens. Pres. Wilson received the degree along with many others on his official journey to Europe after the signing of the armistice.

Box within a box

Box within a box

Pres. Wilson's name is at the top

Pres. Wilson’s name is at the top

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