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Harry Ransom Center eNews September 2013 eNews
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McSweeney's archive acquired

The Ransom Center has acquired the archive of the McSweeney's publishing company. Founded in 1998 by Dave Eggers, McSweeney's is considered one of the most influential literary journals and publishing houses of its time. McSweeney's publishes books, Timothy McSweeney's Quarterly Concern, The Believer magazine, the food journal Lucky Peach, and the DVD-journal Wholphin. The bulk of the archive is composed of manuscripts of books, essays, and short stories; correspondence drawn from the publishing house's work with hundreds of writers; and award-winning design materials. LEARN MORE.


Ransom Center acquires archive of Julia Alvarez

The Ransom Center has acquired the archive of acclaimed novelist, poet, and essayist Julia Alvarez (b. 1950). Alvarez’s extensive archive consists of manuscripts, correspondence, journals, and professional files. The manuscripts span her writing career and include fiction, nonfiction, poetry, essays, and unpublished works, often in multiple drafts. LEARN MORE.


Collection of materials by Robert E. Howard, creator of Conan the Barbarian, donated to Ransom Center

The Ransom Center has received a gift of materials related to writer Robert E. Howard (1906–1936), a prominent and prolific writer in the fantasy genre. Though Howard is perhaps best known for creating the character Conan the Barbarian, he wrote more than 100 stories for pulp magazines of his day. The collection, which includes more than 15,000 pages of manuscripts, sketches, and ephemera, was donated by the estate of Glenn Lord (1931–2011), a Texas literary agent, editor, and publisher of Howard’s prose and poetry. LEARN MORE.


Ransom Center acquires papers of writer Barbara Probst Solomon

The Ransom Center has acquired the archive of Barbara Probst Solomon, a prolific writer and chronicler of twentieth- and twenty-first-century culture. The collection includes manuscripts, correspondence, published books, first drafts, interviews, documentaries, and photographs. LEARN MORE.


Application process opens for Ransom Center’s research fellowships in the humanities

The Ransom Center is now accepting applications for its 2014–2015 research fellowships in the humanities. The application deadline is January 31, 2014. More than 50 fellowships are awarded annually by the Ransom Center to support research projects in all areas of the humanities, including literature, photography, film, art, the performing arts, music, and cultural history. LEARN MORE.


Join or renew your membership for complimentary tickets to “Boundless”

Join us for “Boundless,” the opening reception for the exhibition Radical Transformation: Magnum Photos into the Digital Age. Enjoy a first look at this photography exhibition, a signature champagne cocktail, light bites, a photo booth, and more. Guests will have the opportunity to enter a drawing to win a travel-inspired prize package that includes dinner for two at Uchi and a two-night stay at Hotel San Jose. Free for Ransom Center members; $20 for non-members. JOIN, RENEW, and VIEW DETAILS.


Twelve Magnum photographers will speak at upcoming symposium

Registration is now open for “Magnum Photos into the Digital Age,” October 25–27, 2013, held in conjunction with the Ransom Center's exhibition Radical Transformation: Magnum Photos into the Digital Age. The symposium brings together photographers, curators, and historians to discuss the ways in which Magnum Photos has continually reinvented itself from the moment of its founding. Ransom Center members receive a discount on registration. LEARN MORE or REGISTER


  UPCOMING EXHIBITION - Opening September 10

Radical Transformation: Magnum Photos into the Digital Age

Radical Transformation: Magnum Photos into the Digital Age

Magnum Photos photographers have produced some of the most memorable images of the last century. Founded in 1947, it was the first cooperative agency to be established and operated by photographers, thus insuring unprecedented creative, editorial, and economic independence.


Drawing largely upon the vast collection of prints from the agency’s New York bureau placed on deposit at the Ransom Center, this exhibition investigates the evolution of Magnum Photos from print photojournalism to the digital age, revealing a global cooperative in continual flux.


Organized by Jessica S. McDonald and Roy L. Flukinger, the exhibition features approximately 300 works. The Magnum Photos collection resides at the Harry Ransom Center courtesy of MSD Capital, Michael and Susan Dell, Glenn and Amanda Fuhrman, and John and Amy Phelan.


Coinciding with the exhibition is the publication of the book Reading Magnum: A Visual Archive of the Modern World (UT Press). Edited by Steven Hoelscher, Academic Curator of Photography at the Ransom Center, the book is the first publication to examine the Magnum Photos collection itself. It explores prominent themes in the collection—war and conflict, portraiture, geography, cultural life, social relations, and globalization—and includes evocative portfolios of images.


*To install Radical Transformation: Magnum Photos into the Digital Age, the Ransom Center Galleries will be temporarily closed through September 10. The Gutenberg Bible and the First Photograph are on permanent display in the lobby.




COOKING CLASS Enjoy brunch and cooking demonstrations by Central Market Cooking School Chef Louis Ortiz as he creates dishes inspired by the "Boundless" opening party and the golden age of travel. VIEW MENU AND REGISTER. Ransom Center members receive a discount. JOIN or RENEW.


OPENING Join us for “Boundless,” the opening reception for the exhibition Radical Transformation: Magnum Photos into the Digital Age. Free for Ransom Center members; $20 for non-members. JOIN, RENEW, and VIEW DETAILS.


TOUR Visit the Ransom Center’s exhibition during Austin Museum Day. Docent-led tours begin at noon, 2 p.m., and 4 p.m.


READING Pulitzer Prize–winning writer Junot Díaz reads from his work and answers audience questions. A reception follows. This event is part of the 2013–2014 Texas Institute for Literary and Textual Studies (TILTS) Symposia: Reading Race in Literature and Film.


LECTURE Award-winning photojournalist and University of Texas at Austin professor Donna DeCesare speaks about her new book Unsettled/Desasosiego (UT Press), which explores the effects of decades of war and gang violence on the lives of youths in Central America and the United States. A book signing follows.


OPEN HOUSE Enjoy a day of photography at this Ransom Center open house, with docent-led tours of the exhibition, food trailers on the plaza, gallery activities, mini-tours of the conservation department, and gift bags for the first 100 guests. Special thanks to Maine Root Soda and KIND bars for providing refreshments.



Unpacking the McSweeney’s archive

Get a first look at the newly acquired McSweeney’s archive as Megan Barnard, Associate Director for Acquisitions and Administration, writes about the rich materials in the collection. LEARN MORE.


September 2013


Masthead image:
(Detail) Robert E. Howard's map of the Hyborian world. © Conan Properties International LLC.
News image:
Unused design concepts for "Heads On and We Shoot: The Making of Where the Wild Things Are" (HarperCollins 2009).Photo by Pete Smith.
Exhibitions image:
Graphic identity for Radical Transformation: Magnum Photos into the Digital Age. © Jonas Bendiksen/Magnum Photos. 
Public Programs image:
Stock image.
Insider's Perspective image:
Photo by Pete Smith.

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