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

World War I Chrismas cards, part 2

Christmas cards, 1918

“My heartiest greetings to you this Christmas Morning, and my Best Wishes to you for the New Year”

We’re ending our posts for 2018 with a return to the Sheelah Green-Wilkinson scrapbook album, 1916-1918, and a couple of the Christmas greeting cards for 1918.

Christmas card, 1918, engraving of the tower in the Grand Place, Courtrai, Belgium

One hundred years ago an Armistsice  had been signed and the first World War was winding down to an end. The Belgian city of Courtrai, pictured in the card above, had just been recaptured by the Belgian,  British and French forces in October of 1918.

Christmas card from the Red Cross and Order of St. John, 1918

This formal card, from the Red Cross and the Order of St. John, includes coats of arms of the British Commonwealth nations. The interior of the card is more casual, including a Santa, Christmas pudding, and tobacco with its illustrations of soldiers, ships, and cannon, and looks toward peace in the new year (see above).

The Woodson Research Center closes for winter break tomorrow, and reopens January 2nd, 2019. Have a wonderful holiday, and see you all in the new year!

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.

Autry House

Autry House, ca. 1923

Yesterday we had a delightful visit with a donor whose parents and grandfather attended the Rice Institute. Among her grandfather’s materials were Schlueter photos, including this wonderful photo of Autry House, built in 1921 as a community center for Rice on Main Street across from the Institute.

I particularly like the sign of the Owl, visible through the trees, and the biplane hovering over the area.

Oral Histories and Wheatfield Concert

The Houston Folk Music Archive has a couple of new oral histories that have been indexed and are ready for viewing.


The first is from Walter Spinks. He tells about his teenage years going to Sand Mountain Coffee House, his duo Fat and Furry, and being a co-owner of Anderson Fair Retail Restaurant.


The second is from Houston folk band Wheatfield. They talk about the band’s formation, becoming a regional powerhouse band, their lives post-Wheatfield, and the reformation of the band.

If you are interested in watching more oral histories about Houston’s folk music scene, you can find more here.

Wheatfield will also be playing at Fondren Library live on November 2nd at 6 p.m. If you are in town for Homecoming or just love live music, please stop by. Please RSVP if you plan to attend.


2018 HFMA Concert Letter 1 side rev

KTRU Tuesdays: Update

While we are not completely finished, we wanted to let our devoted KTRU-ers know that we are updating the news masters at scholarship.rice.edu.

We’ve used the University of Kentucky’s OHMS viewer to index the news masters to ensure that you can find what you need fast.

For example, if you go to scholarship.rice.edu, search for “news masters,” select News Master 4. and click the blue button labeled “Synchronized Viewer,” you’ll see this.


You can click on any indexed part. You can then select “play segment” or “segment link.” If you do the latter, you can post the snippet of audio to Facebook or elsewhere.


We hope you enjoy this added level of functionality.

Memorabilia Monday: Winning Racket


Today is a wash out for tennis, but that doesn’t mean we can’t show off this racket.


Owned by Frank Guernsey, Jr. he used this racket in the 1938 and 1939 NCAA Championships.


In case you can’t read the caption from the image above, it reads: Pint-sized FRANK GUERNSEY, JR. (1941) already was tennis champion of four Southern states before he came from Orlando, Fla., to Rice as a freshman as a result of meeting Rice Tennisters Joe Lucia and Bobby Curtis at a summer tournament. He picked up where Wilbur Hess left off, winning the National Intercollegiate singles in 1939 and 1940, thus giving the Owls top spot in college tennis three out of six years. To illustrate how completely Coach Quin Connelly’s Owls dominated SWC tennis, Frank beat another Ricer, Jack Rodgers, in the 1940 SWC semifinals, beat teammate Bobby Curtis in the singles finals, then with Curtis teamed to win the doubles from—guess who—Rodgers and Dick Morris, Owl No. 2 team. (Sounds like nowadays). In a long, after college net career, Frank won the national indoors doubles title twice with Don McNeil, played No. 1 U.S. star Bobby Riggs in all five times, winning twice, and with McNeil lost an all-time rhubarb and “disputed-call” match to Billy Talbert and Gardner Mulloy for the national outdoors doubles in 1946. Now a successful printing company executive-owner and amateur golfer in Houston, Frank is active in R Association affairs.

He also has a detailed Wikipedia entry. If you want to see 1940s tennis in action, his 1946 U.S. National Double’s Finals match where he partnered with Don McNeill against Gardnar Mulloy and Bill Talbert is here.