Owen Wister Literary Society Song Book, Rice Institute
The Owen Wister Literary Society (OWLS) was founded by Adele Roensch in 1924. It was named after Owen Wister, an American writer famous for his novel The Virginian. The purpose of the organization was to further cultural and social interests on the Rice campus and to promote friendship, understanding, and fellowship among its members.
Cover of the Owen Wister Literary Society Song Book, designed by Brooks Godfrey, with an illustration of an owl, wearing small ‘Owls’ cap. The text and illustration are in green, on a white background, bound on the left-hand side with a strand of green yarn. ‘owen wister literary society song book’ is printed along the top and bottom of the cover. The book was a gift to Sarah Lane, an alumnus of the Institute as well as Dean of Undergraduates and the Institute’s first librarian. The contents include the history of the society, the origin of its name, first president (Adele Roensche, spelled here as Adelle), official colors, and the lyrics to the following songs, as sung to the tune of various other, better known songs: ‘I’d Rather Be An Owen Wister’, ‘The Way You Can Tell’, ‘Sleepy-Time Owls’, ‘Everybody Going Owls’, ‘Pledge Song of 1952 Class’, ‘We’re So Happy That We’re Owls’, ‘Rushees’, ‘With Someone Like You’, ‘Owls, We Will Always Be True To You’, ‘I Just Want To Be Rushed’, ‘Friends’, ‘God Gave’, ‘Loblolly’, ‘Rice’s Honor’, ‘Gray Bonnet’, ‘Fight Song’ ‘Pledge Song of 1958 Class’, ‘Owen Wister, We’ll ‘Ere Be True’ The final pages include a handwritten note to Miss Lane from Carolyn Dearmond, one of the members of the Class of ’58 who compiled the songs, the others being Doris Bowen, Janis Cousins, Linda Davis, Margaret Kennedy, Harriett Kinzbach, Eleanor Mengden, Mary Alice Nall, Peggy O’Neill, and Doris Winans. Original resource is a color booklet.
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