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.
A few years later in 1962 the Student Center Board announced that in 20 days Johnny Cash would perform.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
We’ve covered spoon 1 and spoon 2 and now let’s showcase the last one. This one features a cowboy on a bucking horse. The bowl of the spoon featuring the Institute is largely unchanged from the other two. It’s pre-1960, but there are no other markings that would point to a date or even a clear reason why it was made. If you have any other details, please add to the comments.
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.
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.
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.
So, I’m throwing it out to you all. If you can find information about this “historic” event, please leave a comment.
In 1920, Elizabeth Kalb ’16 donated Doris Stevens’ book Jailed for Freedom to the library with an interesting inscription.
Below is a Thresher article from November 25, 1920 with a bit more context on the book and Elizabeth 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.
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.
In case you want to see Elizabeth Kalb not covered in a bed sheet, here she is at work, photographed on December 1, 1920.