Johnny Cash Concert

Did anyone know that Johnny Cash performed at the Rice Memorial Center in 1962? He also caused the Student Center Board to run in the red. Since we have no photographs memorializing the event, we can only rely on Rice Thresher articles to tell the story.

The first article starts a bit before. Johnny Cash was pursued for a Homecoming concert in 1958.

Black and white text from Thresher

A few years later in 1962 the Student Center Board announced that in 20 days Johnny Cash would perform.

Black and white text from Thresher

After a couple of mentions in the Thresher, there’s a longer story about the fallout of the Cash concert. Although the event was open to the general public, there were no ads in the Houston Chronicle and only one mention in the Houston Post.

Black and white text from Thresher
Black and white text from Thresher

Finally, there’s an actual “review” of the event. It provides at least a more detailed view of what occurred. The openers for Cash included his future wife June Carter, as well as Johnny Western, Jimmy Newman, Mack Wielsman, and Gordon Terry. Luther Perkins accompanied Cash.

Black and white text from Thresher

Phillip H. Heckel did not appreciate the review.

Black and white text from Thresher

If you already know this story or attended the show, please let us know in the comments. If you have a photograph, please consider sharing it with us.

K-12 Summer School at Rice

During a drama class at the Rice Summer School for High School Students, three students are role-playing while a teacher watches. One of the students is gesturing aggressively at another student. In the background can be seen a whiteboard with diagrams drawn on it. Original resource is a black and white photograph.
The students at the Rice Summer School for High School Students are not fighting but performing a dramatic piece, 1968

Every summer Rice hosts children and teenagers at a variety of camps. These include SYAP (Summer Youth Activity Program), specialized sports camps, Tapia Camps, and other educational camps.

This type of partnership with K-12 was many years in the making. One phase was called the Rice Summer School for High School Students.

A classroom during the Rice Summer School for High School Students session. The students are seated in a semi-circle, listening to the professor as she lectures at the front of the room. The professor is standing behind her chair, one hand on the back. Behind her is a blackboard covered with notes about economics and foreign aid. A large map is attached to one side of the blackboard, showing Europe and the Mediterranean, along with additional inset maps. Original resource is a black and white photograph.
Rice Summer School for High School Students, 1960s

Based on the General Announcements from 1976-1977, teaching at the Rice Summer School for High School Students was a way to obtain an MA in Teaching.

Section in General Announcements. Print on yellowed paper.
p. 142

The Masterson Crisis exhibit

Sign reads: "It Can't Happen Here"
Sign worn during the Masterson protest

Last year, the Woodson submitted a proposal for the library’s Fondren Fellows program. We wanted someone to use our archives to tell the story of protesting at Rice University between April 1969 – April 1970 using an online exhibit. The students would specifically highlight the Masterson Crisis and the Abbie Hoffman incident / Allen Center occupation. These protests are uniquely Rice in nature, but also influenced by protest movements across college campuses.

Color slide of crowd protesting the Masterson appointment arriving in front of Lovett Hall on Saturday, February 22, 1969

Crowd protesting the Masterson appointment arriving in front of Lovett Hall on Saturday, February 22, 1969

For the past semester, our Fondren Fellow Emma Satterfield, has been hard at work tackling the Masterson Crisis. She spent many weeks reading through all of the William H. Masterson Controversy records, taking detailed notes, creating a thorough timeline, and understanding all of the important players. She met with Dr. Allen Matusow to discuss specifics with a historian who specialized in the time period, but also was there. Finally, she spent weeks creating the online exhibit. She selected photographs (digitizing new ones), fliers, Thresher articles, and KOWL audio, marrying all of this with a gripping narrative.

Image of Masterson online exhibit

Whether you want to relive the action or learn about what happened for the first time, you should give it all a look and listen. Here’s the link.

In the fall, the project will be carried on by another Fellow who will focus on the events of April 1970. We will post that when it is available in December.

Art in the Drawers

In our basement annex, there are over 100 map drawers containing various and sundry items from college party posters to 19th century maps of Texas to a poster signed by Nelson Mandela.

Since it is in the basement and map folders are very unwieldy, I rarely go down there hunting for blog material. Today, a patron forced my hand.

Below are an assortment of posters from the Institute for the Arts / Rice Museum. They range in date from 1971 to 1983.

4 posters for art exhibits:
"Black Folk Art in America"
"Some American History"
"William Christenberry: Southern Views"
"Transfixed by Light"

The majority of items that document the time that the de Menils spent at Rice live at the Menil Collection archives. We only have a taste of what they left behind.

Dominique de Menil kneeling on the floor organizing Max Ernst paintings for an exhibit.
Dominique de Menil preparing for the Max Ernst exhibit, 1972

New Collections – 2019-04-17

Three images of Lynn R. Lowery outside among plants.
Photographs of Lynn R. Lowery

Because we are constantly processing collections big and small, physical and digital, we thought we’d promote new ones on a weekly basis.

Vietnamese Culture and Science Association event programs, 1999-2016, MS 824

The collection consists of programs from annual Youth Excellence Recognition luncheons, VCS Association newsletters, the 25th anniversary celebration program of VCSA, and the program from a 2004 national conference of the National Alliance of Vietnamese American Service Agencies.

Flor Guinhawa Filipino-American history books and gala programs, 2006-2016, MS 846

The collection consists of 21 bound programs from celebratory events of a variety of Filipino-American organizations, spanning the years 2006 to 2016, and 12 books to be cataloged separately.

Rush Moody, Jr. Federal Power Commission records, 1971-1985, MS 823

The collection consists of materials related to the service of Rush Moody, Jr. on the Federal Power Commission, to which he was appointed for a five-year term in 1971. Included is biographical and financial information prepared to support the nomination. Correspondence during the term is included, as are news clippings about it. There are also a report and speeches related to the work of the Commission from years following Moody’s term.

Lars Lerup Academic and Professional papers, 1960s-2010s, MS 830

These papers consist of the academic and professional papers of Lars Lerup the former Dean of the Rice School of Architecture, 1993-2009. The main part of his papers has been divided into four phases of his career: student work, University of California, Berkeley, SCI/ARC in Switzerland, and Rice University.

Mary Ann Pickens’ Lynn R. Lowery research collection, 1957-2007, MS 853

This collection consists of research material created and collected by Mary Ann Pickens about Lynn R. Lowery. It includes notes on interviews and copies of articles written by Lowery.

A Tale of Three Spoons, Part 2

Spoon - including embossed images of Lovett Hall and the university's seal.

This next spoon is obviously plainer in design than the Texas Centennial spoon from last week. What makes this one special is the name carved in: Lawrean Davis ’45.

Engraving: "Lawrean Davis 1945"

Rice News profiled Lawrean Davis in this amazing article about reuniting with her Rice sweetheart Wallace “Wally” Chappell. Please check it out. There’s even a wonderful video that includes photographs from their college days. Sadly, her husband passed away in 2016.

A Tale of Three Spoons, Part 1

Front of embossed spoon

There are lots of bizarre items to be found in the Rice Memorabilia collection. While decorative spoons are definitely not completely bizarre, we do have three unique ones. Over the next couple of weeks, we’ll focus on each of the spoons.

Let’s start with the most ornate one. It celebrates the Texas Centennial Exposition in 1936. Based on my research, I’ve been unable to find any other Rice-branded Expo spoons or any Expo spoon with similar embossing on the handle. Please excuse some of the blurriness in the images. It’s quite hard to capture the textures of the embossing, and I always battle against the Woodson’s lighting.

Embossed bowl of spoon
Embossed handle of spoon
Embossed back of handle of spoon
Back of spoon handle

Liquor Mystery

Three images on black scrapbook paper. Caption reads: "The most liquor destroyed at once in the U.S."
Caption reads: “The most liquor destroyed at once in the U.S.”

We just got in a batch of scrapbook pages created by John Blythe Halton Henderson (1950-1955) AKA Jack Henderson ’27. While the pages are an amazing look into the life of a Rice Mechanical Engineering major in 1927, there was one unusual page that caught my eye.

Men unload truck.

The page bears the caption: “The most liquor destroyed at once in the U.S.” While there is no exact location other scrapbook pages include trips to the Houston Ship Channel. I spent a bit of time trying to sleuth out what this raid could be, but have had no luck. If there were a few more clues as to how authorities destroyed the liquor, then maybe it might have made a larger mark.

Sailor guarding alcohol in bags on dock.

So, I’m throwing it out to you all. If you can find information about this “historic” event, please leave a comment.

Foreground images of bagged alcohol, background sailors [?] and others on dock.

Elizabeth Kalb’s “Jailed for Freedom”

In 1920, Elizabeth Kalb ’16 donated Doris Stevens’ book Jailed for Freedom to the library with an interesting inscription.

Inscription reads: To the Girls of Rice, Past and Present, This Book is Affectionately Inscribed. Elizabeth, '16. National Woman's Party Washington D.C. October 1920

Below is a Thresher article from November 25, 1920 with a bit more context on the book and Elizabeth Kalb.

Thresher article about book and Kalb.

Doris Stevens’ features Kalb more than once in Jailed for Freedom. She was one of a group arrested during a suffragette protest in front of the White House. Stevens explains the ordeal and even features an image of Kalb.

Three images. Top one features Kalb covered by a sheet on a stretcher.

The book provides images of various suffragettes along with short biographies. Below is Kalb’s. For those interested in reading further, you can read the complete book online.

bio of Kalb

In case you want to see Elizabeth Kalb not covered in a bed sheet, here she is at work, photographed on December 1, 1920.

Elizabeth Kalb in the literature and library department of the National Woman's Party in its Washington, D.C. headquarters. She is holding a book standing next to book shelving.
Image via the Library of Congress