Impossible Exhibits

We recently updated our exhibits around the library. One which is located in the metal hallway, in the front cases near the main entrance, and the 3rd floor next to the Kyle Morrow Room is in conjunction with Archives of the Impossible conference. If you want to read more about the archives, Wired published an article about Jacques Vallée and his papers.

Inside the Woodson is an example of Covid-related art that has been donated.

Outside Woodson and across from the central elevator are exhibits of James Fraher’s photography for the books Zydeco in Texas and Down in Houston: Bayou City Blues written by Roger Wood. The focus is on the Black women highlighted in the books.

As always, please forgive the exhibit case photos. With all of the glass and without great equipment, they are hard to make pretty.

Paul Bunyan Day

June 28th is the day to celebrate big Paul Bunyan. We’ve got an amazing Limited Editions book club version of the stories.

title page: The Wonderful Adventures of Paul Bunyan. Now retold by Louis Untermeyer together with illustrations by Everett Gee Jackson. New York: The Limited Editions Club, 1945

First, the book really plays up the idea of wood. There’s a box made of cardboard with a fake wood paper on the outside. Within that, there’s a similar fake wood paper removable cover also made out of cardboard. Then, there’s the actual cover of the book with same wooden print.

Cover and spine of book

Unlike some of the older Limited Editions, this one has beautiful illustrations.

Illustration of baby Paul Bunyan. Text: "He got out of it-picked it up-and waded to shore!"
Illustration of Babe the Blue Ox making the Red River. Text reads: "And that's show the Red River got its name."
Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox leaving. Text reads: "I guess there isn't anything more to say."

It’s also signed by the illustrator.

Signature page. Text reads: Fifteen hundred copies of this edition of The Wonderful Adventures of Paul Bunyan have been made for the members of The Limited Editions Club. The edition was designed by Richard Ellis and printed by The Aldus Printer in New York. The illustrations were drawn by Everett Gee Jackson and printed by The Dunewald Printing Corporation. This copy is number: 555 and is signed by the illustrator.

One more thing, here are some news items about the Woodson and those connected to our collections.

The creator of our Sugar Land Convict Leasing System collection Reginald Moore and Rice professor Caleb McDaniel gave interviews for a story in The Guardian on the Sugar Land 95.

Here’s the official Rice press release about the new Houston Blues Museum Archive.