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Papers of lawyer and civil liberties advocate Morris L. Ernst re-open for research

The papers of lawyer Morris Leopold Ernst (1888–1976) are now open for research after a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities supported a two-year, $392,213 project to arrange, describe, and preserve the collection. Ernst practiced law in New York for more than 60 years and was one of the leading advocates of civil liberties in twentieth-century America. As counsel to the American Civil Liberties Union, and later director emeritus, Ernst defended individual rights and freedom in numerous landmark federal cases on privacy, libel, slander, obscenity, censorship, birth control, labor rights, and monopolies. LEARN MORE or VIEW an online finding aid.


Los Angeles Times highlights T. C. Boyle archive at the Ransom Center

Los Angeles Times reporter Carolyn Kellogg writes about T. C. Boyle’s decision to place his papers at the Ransom Center. The article focuses on Boyle’s relationship to his archive, the history and acquisition activity of the Ransom Center, and the value of author manuscripts. LEARN MORE.


T. C. Boyle writes about visiting the Ransom Center

In the essay "Boxing Up," T. C. Boyle writes for The New Yorker's Book Bench about his decision to place his archive at the Ransom Center and what it was like to visit the Center during a recent book tour stop in Austin. LEARN MORE.


Registration now open for 2012 Flair Symposium

Register to attend the 2012 Flair Symposium, "Visions of the Future," November 1-3, 2012. Speakers include writer and futurist Bruce Sterling, architecture critics Alan Hess and Alexandra Lange, and authors Phil Patton and Tom Vanderbilt. Pre-registration required. Ransom Center members receive a discount on registration. LEARN MORE.


View video from The David Foster Wallace Symposium

Video footage from “Everything and More: A Conversation About David Foster Wallace” at The David Foster Wallace Symposium is now online. The panel discussion features literary agent Bonnie Nadell, Little, Brown editor Michael Pietch, and Los Angeles Times book critic David Ulin discussing Wallace’s life and work. WATCH VIDEO.



The King James Bible: Its History and Influence
Through July 29

The King James Bible: Its History and Influence

The King James Bible remains a vital work whose language permeates contemporary literature, music, film, art, and everyday speech. The exhibition examines the history of this translation and its far-reaching influence on writers, artists, and cultural figures, from John Milton to Harriet Beecher Stowe to Martin Luther King, Jr. to Norman Mailer. The exhibition features the most comprehensive display of Bibles and related materials in the Ransom Center’s history, as well as prints by Marc Chagall, silk screens by Jacob Lawrence, and sculpture by Eric Gill. LEARN MORE, VIEW A VIDEO PREVIEW, or BOOK A PRIVATE GUIDED TOUR.


Regularly scheduled public tours of Ransom Center exhibitions are offered on Tuesdays at noon, Saturdays at 2 p.m., and Sundays at 2 p.m.



Curators' Tour

CURATOR TOUR Co-curators Cathy Henderson, Associate Director for Exhibitions, and Ryan Hildebrand, Book Cataloging Department Head, lead a tour of The King James Bible: Its History and Influence.


Morris Ernst

Decades later, current headlines echo controversies addressed in Morris Ernst collection

Though the majority of attorney Morris Ernst’s work took place in the early and mid-twentieth century, as the Ransom Center's team of archivists sifted through his papers and processed the collection, they couldn’t help noticing how timely the collection seemed. Over and over the subjects in Ernst’s archive were echoed by stories in recent news. Archivist Nicole Davis shares some highlights from the newly cataloged collection. LEARN MORE

May 2012


Masthead image:
(Detail) Doves Press Bible (1903).
News image:
Poster from Morris Ernst collection.
Exhibitions image:
Exhibition graphic identity for The King James Bible: Its History and Influence.
Public Programs image:
The New Testament title page from the first edition of the King James Bible (1611).
Insider's Perspective image:
Morris L. Ernst (left, holding book) was one of the most active attorneys for the anti-censorship cause during the interwar years. In this 1935 photograph, from the New York Journal-American, Ernst defends Gustavo Flaubert's November.

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