Woodson in News from Fondren

Cover of News from Fondren issue

In case you haven’t seen it, there are quite a few articles about the Woodson’s various projects and collection in the most recent issue of News from Fondren. They include information on the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston (CAMH) archive, the Reginald Moore Convict Leasing research collection, the Shepherd School digitization project, the Houston Folk Music Archive’s Homecoming concert, and the Wilson Collection of Historical Cartography and Geography.

Architectural Marinade

While most university archival collections from deans and professors offer no great surprises, every once in a while one pops up. Below is Lars Lerup’s, the former Dean of Rice School of Architecture (1993-2009), recipe for a marinade including a lovely doodle.

Marinade recipe

Coleman's powdered mustard
soy sauce
crush garlic (2-3)
herbe provence
olive oil 
1 cup
cover saran wrap
in refrig.
grill ?0/each

Happy New Year!

Image of Paul B. Hendrickson in uniform.
Paul B. Hendrickson, 1917

We hope everyone had a nice break. We’re back and ready for researchers, if you’re able to drag yourself in. If you’d rather stay at home, we’ve got you covered.

Our hardworking student archivist, Trevor Egerton created a new online exhibit entitled: A Soldier’s Story: WWI Letters and Diaries of Paul B. Hendrickson

Image of Paul B. Hendrickson wearing a gas mask and holding a rifle with a bayonet.
Paul B Hendrickson at Camp Logan, 1917

It tells the story of Paul B. Hendrickson and includes an interactive map about his time here in Houston and in Europe. We hope you enjoy it.

Wright Brothers Day

The Romance of Aeronautics book cover
The Romance of Aeronautics spine

In honor of the first plane in flight, let’s look at one of our rare books from the Benjamin Monroe Anderson Collection on the History of Aeronautics. 

The Romance of Aeronautics, published in 1912, by Charles Cyril Turner (1870-1952) is a children’s book recounting the history of flight, which was still an incredibly new technology.

The book contains a wealth of images including drawings and photographs of different contraptions. Excuse the odd angles for the photographs the book’s binding is quite tight.

Caption reads: Walker's Flying Machine. Illustration of man in birdish flying contraption.
Captions read: Pilcher's Glider, 'The Gull'; Lilienthal's Biplane Glider Soaring; Pilcher's Glider, 'The Hawk'. On this machine the Great Pioneer was killed on October 2nd, 1899." Three images of men in flying contraptions.
Captions read: "The Cody Biplane: Cody's romantic history and his struggles as an inventor are given on p. 159.; Ploughing the Air: A Hanriot monoplane flying over a farm at Weybridge." Two images of men flying contraptions.
"Flying Round the Eiffel Tower: A daring flight by the Comte de Lambert on a Wright biplane in the early days of aviation." One image.

During the 1923-1924 school year, the headmaster, A.S. Langton, gifted this book to W. Baker. The Kimberley British Evening School might now be the Kimberley School in Nottingham, although their website does not contain its history and the Wikipedia page lists that the school opened in 1946. As noted above, the book is in really good condition, so perhaps young Baker was not a fan of the topic.

Colorful book plate.

As always, here’s an interesting list of other books in The Romance series.

List of books

“The Snow Storm: A Christmas Story”

Red cover with gold inlay illustration and text reading: "The Snow Storm: A Christmas Story by Mrs. Gore"

In 1840, Catherine Grace Frances Gore published The Snow Storm, A Christmas Story under the name Mrs. Gore. She was a prolific “silver fork writer” who chronicled the lives of the upper class and aristocracy.

Text reading: "The Snow Storm, A Christmas Story. by Mrs. Gore with illustrations by Geo. Cruikshank

Here is a signature from the first owner, Miss M. Brown. Later owner, F. S. Bradburn looks to be a rare book collector and has a connection with emeritus professor, Dr. Robert Patten, who helped the Woodson acquire books for the Cruikshank rare book collection from which the book comes.

Right handwriting reads: Miss M. Brown, Christmas 1941.

This 2nd edition of her book dedicated to her son contains illustrations by George Cruikshank.

Dedication to Augustus Frederick Wentworth Gore. Accept, my dear boy, as a Christmas gift, a story written at your request, and expressly for your amusement, by your affectionate mother, C.F.G.
Frontispiece reads: "Old Reveley bringing forward Charley Ribston. P 230."
Frontispiece reads: “Old Reveley bringing forward Charley Ribston. P 230.”
Text reads: "'My own work Grandfather may it bring you a merry Christmas.' P. 91."
Text reads: “‘My own work Grandfather may it bring you a merry Christmas.’ P. 91.”
Text reads: "'This is the place I spoke of my Lady.' P 125."
Text reads: “‘This is the place I spoke of my Lady.’ P 125.”

While it might only be me, I really love the advertisements for books by the publisher. It seems like there a lot of coffee table books listed. Fisher’s Drawing-Room Scrap Book is available via Harvard via the Hathi Trust.

List of books published by Fisher, and Son & Co.
List of books published by Fisher, and Son & Co.

Memorabilia Monday: Football Rock

During my weekly search for content, I found this little guy. This rock football player has two feet/legs, but also has another little rock to sit on, perhaps, while he waits to be put in the game or to keep him upright.

There is a sticker on the underside of his foot that has been removed. The remnants seem to suggest that someone purchased this rock. As always, any additional information is always great.

Peter Gardner Reels


Image courtesy of The Media Preserve

The family of Peter Gardner had a large trove of over 100 reel-to-reels that they wanted to digitize. We worked with them to send the reels to The Media Preserve and now the music on the reels is alive once again.

A little background on Peter Gardner. He arrived in Houston in 1963 with his then wife and musical partner Isabelle. She now goes by Isabelle Ganz, expect an oral history from her in the coming months. The Gardners traveled the U.S. and Europe performing unique arrangements of traditional folk songs from all over the world. In 1963, Peter became the Director of Adult Activities at the Jewish Community Center. He started the radio program “The Sampler” on KRBE in 1965, which he recorded in his home. Peter also hosted pickin’ parties there in the mid-1960s, which is where Guy Clark and Townes Van Zandt met.

The reels themselves shine a light on the early days of Houston’s folk scene and also provide a glimpse into the programming at the JCC. Live performers include Frank Davis, Kay (K.T.) Oslin, Ed Badeaux, Carolyn Terry, Sara Wiggins, John Lomax, Jr., Jerry Jeff Walker, perhaps the first recording of Townes Van Zandt, Guy Clark, and other surprising discoveries like The Gospel Mellowtones.


Image courtesy of The Media Preserve

It will be a few months until the items are reading room ready, but we wanted to give everyone a sneak peek of what is to come.