Memorabilia Monday: The Gun in the Vault

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

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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.

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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.

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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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