Book Inventory Madness


As a way to whip ourselves into shape, we’re scanning all of the barcodes on our more than 36,000 books.


We scan the barcode with the wand. If the barcode works, then it is logged in the inventory. If not, we get an error message.

We want to make sure that all of our books:

  • have barcodes
  • the barcodes are linked to their corresponding record
  • find any other problem children

While the work has been a little slow, we’re moving along at a pretty good clip. We’ve also had a lot of help from Access Services.

KTRU Tuesdays: Gays and Lesbians of Rice

From January 29, 1992 comes this interview with Cory West the President of Gays and Lesbians of Rice [GALOR] and Michael Meyers a member. They talk about the goals of GALOR, gay issues at Rice, the club, coming out in college, religion, and upcoming club plans.

GALOR does not have a photograph in the 1992 Campanile, the image above is of the club in 1991.

KTRU Tuesdays: Streaking

On the 1974 News Master 4, there are two brief stories about the changing sexual mores at Rice University. The first is an academic take, while the second is about planning a streak-off with the University of Houston.

Streaking has not disappeared from campus. A form of streaking lives on at Rice under the name Baker 13.

Read more about Rice’s obsession with streaking in 1974.

Image from: The Rice Thresher (Houston, Tex.), Vol. 61, No. 23, Ed. 1 Thursday, March 7, 1974

HAAA in the News


Fox 26, the local affiliate, did a story on the Houston Asian American Archive and the work of the Chao Center for Asian Studies in honor of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. Here is the link to the video.


Dr. Edward C. M. Chen


Dr. Anne Chao of the Chao Center

If you would like to learn more about our collections. Visit our Houston Asian American Archive research guide and Houston Asian American Archive oral histories, as well as our Zoroastrian community oral histories.



Note: We realize that the Fox 26 video link may eventually be broken, which is why we have included a few screenshots. We’re sorry for any inconvenience.

KTRU Tuesdays: Summer Renovations

For anyone on campus during the summer, the university is bustling with renovations. For example, the old section of Brown College is going through a second phase of summer renovations.

Above is the audio from an unidentified man explaining the 1971 summer renovations. Carpeted hallways in the colleges sound like a horrible idea. Was it red like the carpet in the college’s commons ca. 1975?

Image from: “Intramural table tennis match in the Baker College Commons, Rice University.” (1975) Rice University: