The Woodson Research Center recently received 4 rings that belonged to former Rice President Dr. Malcolm Gillis honoring athletic achievements during his tenure:
1996 SWC Champions Forever ring 1997 WAC Champions NCAA College World Series ring 2003 NCAA World Series Championship ring 1994 SWC Football Champions ring – (Rice were co-champions)
Our thanks to Dr. Gillis’s widow, Elizabeth Gillis, for sending us these wonderful additions to our collections. Mrs. Gillis is also the inspiration for the most prestigious prize given to university staff each year, the Elizabeth Gillis Award for Exemplary Service . The award is presented to staff who demonstrate exemplary commitment and service to the university, just as Elizabeth Gillis did during her years of service to Rice.
The Scientia Institute recently hosted a “Betterment of the World” lecture given by Fay Yarbrough and Caleb McDaniel. They showed the connections between Houston’s Black Fourth Ward community and the early Board of Trustees, who attempted to force people to sell their land. It’s important historical work that was made possible by some of our materials.
If you’d like to learn more, the lecture is now available online.
Last week, we stumbled upon this catalog for Raid the Icebox I: a 1969-1970 exhibit featuring items selected by Andy Warhol from the storage vaults of the Museum of Art at Rhode Island School of Design (RISD). Warhol was invited to curate the exhibition by Dominique and Jean de Menil, founders of the Institute of the Arts and the Media Center at Rice. The exhibition opened here and then traveled to The Isaac Delgado Museum in New Orleans, finally ending in Providence at RISD.
Between the pages of Doc’s copy of the catalog, we found: 1) Andy Warhol’s signature on the title page (!) 2) One Raid the Icebox I exhibit tag published by the Institute for the Arts at Rice 3) Two small postcards announcing the exhibition dates and hours here on campus 4) One large postcard inviting Doc C to attend the exhibit preview 5) One Winter 1969 newsletter addressed to Doc C, detailing the new art center and community response to the new Institute space and Raid the Icebox I exhibit at Rice
Postcards, newsletter, tag, and signature found within the exhibit catalog
Like all of our rare books in the collection, this catalog and accompanying items will be available for viewing only in the reading room at the Woodson Research Center. Just reach out to one of our archivists to schedule an appointment.
You can learn more about this special exhibit on the RISD website here and find a related essay about Warhol’s art at BEST Products’ Indeterminate Façade store here. Happy reading!
We are delighted that Danny Samuels, Professor in the Practice, Rice School of Architecture, brought more Elinor Evans art education materials for her archives this week. Here’s a sneak peek at the kinds of items he brought. These works were created by freshmen taught by Elinor Evans, the Harry K. and Albert K. Smith Professor of Architecture, 1964-1965, in the Rice School of Architecture. They were featured in an exhibition, and the original wall labels are included in these images.
The Woodson staff will be participating in a regional conference this week and will be taking a reading room break next while working on collection management. Our reading room and reference services will resume on May 31st.
Raymond Brochstein, an architect, businessman, philanthropist, and Rice alum ’56 has passed away. He served on the Rice Board of Trustees from 1998 to 2002. His family’s monetary contribution built one of the centerpieces of campus, the Brochstein Pavilion, which opened on campus in 2008.
Over the years, Raymond and Susan Brochstein gave to the university and the archives in other ways. Brochsteins, Inc. constructed furniture used during the 1990 Economic Summit. This table designed by Wayne H. Bruan consisted of curly maple from a tree cut in Michigan in 1962 and cherry from Pennsylvania. Brochsteins had waited decades to use that curly maple veneer for the right project.