The item is the official program belonging to Dr. Edgar Odell Lovett from the formal opening of Rice Institute, October 10 through 13, 1912. It is leather bound and consists of a photograph of the founder, William Marsh Rice, a copy of the invitation to a series of inaugural lectures sent to prospective attendees, as well as a detailed daily program of events. The inaugural lecture series was to be presented by an international group of renowned scholars in fields such as Physics, Mathematics, Biology, the Humanities, and Literature. A brief summary of the accomplishments of each scholar is included. In addition to the lecture series, the Program details the social activities scheduled for the attendees, and includes drawings of the major campus buildings of the time.