It’s National Goof Off Day. Sadly, we at the Woodson are hard at work. Thankfully, we can live vicariously through these students, ca. 1958.
Image from: “Rice Institute students enjoying a party.” (1958) Rice University: http://hdl.handle.net/1911/76143.
Last week, David John Scribner, longtime host of the Chicken Skin Music show, donated some of his reels to the KTRU radio records. The donation includes interviews and music from The Neville Brothers, Lucinda Williams, Townes Van Zandt, The Banded Geckos, among others.
We’ll be sending them out today to be digitized.
We recently received recordings from the Rice band over the years. This one is from the Rice University Stage Band, conducted by Nelson Hatt. That places the recording somewhere during the 1965/1966 academic year, when Hatt was president of the band.
For those wanting to know more about Hatt, here is his LA Times obituary. Below are pictures from his senior year from the 1966 Campanile.
It’s unclear how these photographs were used by the university, but they are great. The outfits are really beautiful.
They are so invested in that football game.
Images from: “Students walking along a dirt road.” (1935) Rice University: http://hdl.handle.net/1911/63957.
“Rice Institute women seated in the stadium stands.” (1935) Rice University: http://hdl.handle.net/1911/64102.
William Marsh Rice had the pleasure to be born on Pi Day back in 1816. Usually, the campus celebrates both his birthday and this very important holiday simultaneously with events like passing out pies at the statue. Sadly, the campus is now on spring break, so there will be no festivities.
This pictures hearkens back to an earlier time when Willy got his due.
“Student putting birthday hat on Willy’s statue, Rice University.” (2000) Rice University: http://hdl.handle.net/1911/75114.
Being that it’s Women’s History Month, we wanted to address some women’s issues in our collections. The KTRU records have a lot of interviews with professors. This one features Dr. Elizabeth Long. She discusses with Scott Hochberg how women perform in traditionally male jobs. This originally aired on September 20, 1982.
In the photo above, Dr. Long is the woman in the second row.
Image from: “Sociology Department, Rice University.” (1987) Rice University: http://hdl.handle.net/1911/76752.
Two major milestones have been reached.
A) Metadata has been created for all of the KTRU tapes including 2-track reels, cassette tapes, and DATs.
B) The finding aid has been updated with descriptions of each tape. Below is an example for one tape
Next, each of the files will have this metadata embedded into the WAV and MP3 files. That will happen over the next few weeks. After that, the files will be separated into those that can go online and those that will only be available for listening in the reading room. There are many more small steps to go, but the end result will be a large chunk of KTRU audio online.
We’ll keep you posted on our progress.
Last week on her blog, Melissa Kean wrote about a collection that she had found the previous weekend from Dean and Virginia Hill.
This is one of the unusual pieces from that collection, an aluminum [?] bowl with a hand carved Sammy the Owl. Below is a close-up of the eye.
In February 1972, Carol Rindosh became the Valentine’s Sweetheart in a bit of a peculiar way.
Football season is long over, but trading cards help fans relive the memories.
This packet includes a gift certificate for date night.
Next week, we’ll feature our baseball cards.