Memorabilia Monday: The Gun in the Vault

Last week, while in the vault, I saw a box with this interesting label.


This is what was inside. This will be your only way to see the gun, which isn’t even on the finding aid for the Ralph Anderson, Jr. papers.


The owner of all of these items fought in World War II, most notably in the Battle of the Bulge. Anderson sustained a head wound during the battle and subsequently received a Purple Heart and Bronze Star for his valor. After graduating from Rice Institute with a B.S. in Architecture, Anderson designed the World Trade Center in Houston, the Astrodome, Kelsey-Seybold Clinic, the Houston Post Building, the Harris Court House Addition, and the Alice Pratt Brown Fine Arts Library.


Ralph Anderson, Jr., 1965

Image from: Ralph Anderson, Jr. Papers, 1860 -1989, MS 413, Box 21, Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University

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