Memorabilia Monday: Tennis Trophy


As an archive, we have various types of trophies from sports to Beer Bike. This tarnished gem is Lucy Taylor’s Doubles Tennis trophy from 1916.


As for specifics on Ms. Taylor, she seems to have only attended Rice Institute her freshman and sophomore years. During her first year, she was a member of the Elizabeth Baldwin Literary Society. After December 1916, she disappears. With such a common name, her post-Rice life is hard to find.

Image from: Rice University. “The Campanile, 1916.” (1916)

3 thoughts on “Memorabilia Monday: Tennis Trophy

  1. An article in the December 15, 2016, Thresher notes that Lucy Taylor was chosen to be an associate of the Campanile’s new art director, Ivan Clede. But after that, nothing, as you say in this post. The next Thresher (Jan 17, 2017) does note that some 50 freshmen and sophomores “were no longer able to continue their studies at the Institute” due to their grades on the Christmas exams. One hopes not, but perhaps she was an academic casualty.

    There is a Lucy Taylor (1894-1975), who was the grand-daughter of Houston’s 20th mayor, cotton broker Horace Dickinson Taylor. (Horace’s brother Edward sold his cotton business to Horace when he (Edward) joined the William Marsh Rice-E.B. Nichols partnership in 1850-1.) She married Dr. Thomas William Ray, Jr. (1883-1958) on September 24, 1928. Perhaps there are local articles about her engagement and/or marriage that would indicate if she’d studied at Rice? (She would have been 22 years old in 1916 … possibly too old to be a sophomore?)

    (The Taylors and Dr. Ray are buried in Houston’s Glenwood Cemetery.)

  2. Another Rice connection: The letters and papers of Horace Dickinson Taylor were published in 1986 (“Early Days on the Bayou, 1838-1890: The Life and Letters of Horace Dickinson Taylor”) by his great-granddaughter, Ellen Robbins Red (1925-2009). Ellen’s husband, David Douglas Red (1913-2001), was the younger brother of Rice’s first woman graduate, Hattie Lel Red (1894-1990).

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