The Bookman bookstore owned by Grace David had an amazing 1960 Christmas catalog. Below are a few pages.
Our collections reveal a few connections to the famed Grace David, who served as the inspiration of Aurora Greenway in Terms of Endearment. We own the Charles Tapley architectural collection, which feature architectural drawings of the Grace and Henry David home. We also have a collection of Larry McMurtry papers. He both briefly attended Rice and taught here.
Constructed from aloe and made in India, this rug features the Rice Institute seal and is in great condition.
As with many of our university archive memorabilia, we don’t know the story behind this piece only that is pre-1960. Have you seen one of these before?
Given that Rice Institute was such a small community in its early days, it makes sense that there is a list in the Rice Thresher detailing students’ Thanksgiving plans. If you read through the list, you’ll see other oddities like mass quantities of pecans being sold out of the Thresher office.
The Woodson will be closing early today at 2:00 and will re-open on Monday 11/27.
Our university memorabilia collection is going through some changes. We’ve separated out all of the clothing items and created a new collection entitled the Rice Historic Clothing collection. This will free up some much needed room in our vault.
This amazing dress created for the Archi-Arts Ball on January 22, 1944 has been at the Library Service Center for many years. Because of all of the changes, it magically popped up in the vault.
In 1944, the theme for the ball was “Baccanale.” Women wore dresses based on alcoholic drinks. Dorothy Lottman wore Cuba Libre. Other dresses included the Mint Julep (Bettie Lou Johnson), Pink Lady (Margaret Morrison Mays), Manhattan Cocktail (Gertrude Levy), Old Fashioned (Ann Ridgeway), Champagne (Beth Hummel), and Purple Passion (Dorothy Jean Weghorst).
To read more about the ball, there is a great pre-event write-up from the Rice Thresher.
This pre-1960 grade slip was a piece of paper that some students dreaded. It also describes the meaning behind the previously used number grading system.
It looks like the registrar would feed this into a computer, based on the dots around the outside. Is that correct?
In the back, there’s a cart that accumulates all of the little bits of flotsam and jetsam that float through the Woodson.
On top of the cart today was this, a ticket for Blithe Spirit.
Here’s an accompanying article in the Thresher dated Friday, September 21, 1951. Sadly, there were no clearly marked photographs in the Campanile.
We’re happy to announce the new online exhibit for the Houston Folk Music Archive. It features a history of the scene, mini-exhibits on musicians, bands, music venues, and others. Each mini-exhibit contains a biography or history, images, and/or an oral history.
The online exhibit also has a map of music venues where folk musicians played. It even includes a timeline where you can track the folk scene’s rise and fall.
A big thank you to Claudia Middleton, our student archivist, for all of her scanning, metadata work, and for creating the map.
We have uploaded another batch of oral histories. These will all be included in our upcoming Houston Folk Music Archive online exhibit.
David John Scribner
He speaks about his life and his time hosting the “Chicken Skin Music” program on KTRU.
The Grammy winner discusses her long career in the music industry and her experiences as a singer-songwriter in Houston, New York, Los Angeles, and Nashville.
He talks about his time playing at the most famed folk clubs in Houston.
This is an interesting item given away from the Rice University Art Gallery’s “Time Not Wasted” exhibit created by Jane Miller that ran March 18, 1999 – April 18, 1999.
If you follow the first link above, you’ll see some photographs of the original exhibit.
Perusing the rare books shelves can reveal a variety of surprises.
One unassuming volume, Lettres D’Emerance A Lucie by Jeanne-Marie Leprince De Beaumont (1765), has some interesting signatures from Sir William Clayton Bart and C.E. Clayton, Harleyford, 1819. It’s unclear if these are two separate signatures, thought they appear to be in the same hand or E.C. Clayton refers to the Clayton-East-Clayton baronets.
by William Beechy, 1802
Above is Sir William Clayton, 4th Baronet (1762-1834), who was a member of Parliament for Great Marlow.
How a book from Sir William Clayton / Harleyford Manor wound up in our rare book collection is a bit puzzling.
Image from: http://www.thepeerage.com/p1869.htm