New Exhibits: Houston in 1912, Jesse Jones, and Historic Postcards

Woodson Research Center has several new exhibits now on display in Fondren. One of our fantastic student workers, Camille created two exhibits this fall. In the Lovett Lounge on the 3rd Floor, Camille created an exhibit focusing on Houston in 1912.


View of downtown Houston in 1912

Camille also created the exhibit in the cases outside the Woodson Research Center about the Sallyport. The Sallyport was once a central spot for socializing in Rice’s early days, but now Rice undergrads avoid walking through the Sallyport except for Matriculation and Commencement or else risk not graduating within 4 years.

view through Sallyport

View through Sallyport on opening day of Rice Institute, October 6, 1912

“From Tennessee kid to Texas businessman: the Story of Jesse H. Jones” selections from the Jesse H. Jones Family and Personal Papers are displayed in the cases near the east entrance of the library. Through images and memorabilia, this exhibit chronicles the life and times of Jesse H. Jones from childhood to his political career during both world wars in Washington DC among the powerful and elite. Images of the many buildings he constructed, owned and operated in Houston are highlighted.

In the 1st floor hallway, “Postcard Charm at Rice” features historic postcards of Rice’s campus.

Residential Hall for Men postcard

Residential Hall for Men, Rice Institute, 1912

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