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Fellowships 2011-2012

More than 50 fellowships provide opportunity to research at Ransom Center

The Ransom Center has awarded more than 50 research fellowships for 2012–13. Recipients will use Ransom Center materials to support projects with titles ranging from "For Love and Money: Victorian Women Photographers in and Beyond the Studio," to "Robert De Niro's Method: Acting, Agency, and Authorship in the New Hollywood (1967–1980)." LEARN MORE or VIEW A LIST of recipients and their topics.


Last letters from World War I soldiers featured in The Daily Beast

The Daily Beast highlights last letters from the Ransom Center's collection from World War I literary heroes. The Ransom Center is preparing for an exhibition in 2014 to mark the centenary of World War I. LEARN MORE about the final letters written by Wilfred Owen, Richard Gerard Garvin, and Edward Thomas.


Panel discussions from The David Foster Wallace Symposium now available on YouTube

Four panel discussions from The David Foster Wallace Symposium are now available online. Panels include "Everything and More: A Conversation About David Foster Wallace;" "A Life through the Archive;" "Writers on Wallace;" and "Editors on Wallace." VIEW VIDEOS.


The Wonderful Wizard of Oz: A children’s classic lives on through many editions and sequels

Readers know the classic The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. But how familiar are you with the 16 sequels, such as Ozoplaning with the Wizard of Oz and Jack Pumpkinhead of Oz? Last year the Ransom Center received a donation of 16 Oz books from the estate of Douglass Parker. VIEW a colorful slideshow of sequels that chronicle more adventures in Oz.


Volunteer opportunities

Gain a behind-the-scenes perspective of the Ransom Center and help us achieve our public outreach goals. The Ransom Center is looking for friendly individuals to serve as docents and special event and visitor service volunteers. Visitor service and special event VOLUNTEERS welcome and orient visitors to the Ransom Center and programs, and docents are trained to provide tours of the exhibitions. Please complete and return a volunteer APPLICATION by July 10. On the application, check the box for “Docent,” “Visitor Services,” or “Special Events.”



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.

Docent-led public tours of the exhibition are offered on Tuesdays at noon, Saturdays at 2 p.m., and Sundays at 2 p.m.



The Ten CommandmentsTHURSDAY, JUNE 7, 7 P.M.
BIBLICAL FILM SERIES Cecil B. DeMille’s first film of The Ten Commandments (1923). This silent film depicts both the story of the commandments and their application in contemporary 1920s society. 136 minutes.


BIBLICAL FILM SERIES Cecil B. DeMille’s epic The Ten Commandments (1956) starring Charlton Heston. Please note the early start time due to the film’s 220-minute length.


MEMBER EVENT Visit the Ransom Center for our first members’ shopping weekend. Show your membership card at the visitor desk to receive a 25% discount on merchandise. Browse just-arrived messenger bags, totebags, and pencil pouches created from past exhibition banners, including The Greenwich Village Bookshop Door: A Portal to Bohemia, 1920-1925Banned, Burned, Seized, and Censored, Making Movies, Culture Unbound: Collecting in the Twenty-First Century, and more. Also available are Ransom Center baseball caps, coffee mugs, and t-shirts screen-printed with the Center's iconic windows images.

*Cannot be used in conjunction with other membership discounts. Must present card to redeem discount. Discount for on-site purchases only.


Study in Scarlett

The Adventure of the Immortal Detective: Discovering Sherlock Holmes in the Archives

Need your Sherlock Holmes fix before the next season of PBS's Sherlock? Take an inside look at the collection of Arthur Conan Doyle, creator of the master detective. A slideshow highlights items from the Ransom Center's collection, including manuscripts, a fan letter to Bram Stoker, fairy photographs, and more. LEARN MORE.


June 2012


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(Detail) Film still from The Ten Commandments (1956).
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Fellowship poster graphic.
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Film still from The Ten Commandments (1923).
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Sherlock Holmes’s inauspicious first appearance was in the 1887 "Beeton’s Christmas Annual."

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