Happy Birthday Willy

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.

KTRU Tuesdays: Women in the Male Workforce

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.

KTRU Tuesdays: Major Milestones

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


and another.


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.