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(Detail) David Mamet's scene design for American Buffalo. David Mamet papers. David Mamet.
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Some of David Mamet's journals and notebooks, ranging from 1966 through 2001. David Mamet papers.
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Gordon Conway. Presentation drawing in the "Jazz Lint" series. Ca. 1924-1928.
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Chinese character for "Make It New." Ezra Pound, 1947.
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Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward tour the stacks in the Ransom Center. Photo by Eric Beggs.


David Mamet notebooksRansom Center acquires David Mamet papers

The Ransom Center has acquired the papers of playwright, writer, and film director David Mamet, author of more than 50 plays and 25 screenplays that have earned him a Pulitzer Prize, Oscar nominations, and a Tony Award. The more than 100 boxes of material cover Mamet’s entire career, including his plays American Buffalo (1975) and Glengarry Glen Ross (1984) and screenplays The Untouchables (1988), The Spanish Prisoner (1997), and Wag the Dog (1997).  LEARN MORE.


Robert De Niro visits Ransom Center

Actor, producer, director Robert De Niro recently visited the Ransom Center to tour the new home of his archive, which he donated to the Center in 2006. VIEW PHOTOS from his visit.


New photos in online gallery

Visit the photo gallery on the Ransom Center’s 50th anniversary website to view images from Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein’s visit and Family Day for the American ’20s Music Series.


Ransom Center acquires Samuel Beckett materials

The Ransom Center has obtained materials from former Grove Press editor Richard Seaver. The materials include correspondence and hand-corrected manuscripts, typescripts, and galley proofs. READ MORE


Lecture audio available online

Audio from Kate Holliday’s lecture at the Ransom Center is now available on C-SPAN. LISTEN to “Humanism and Modernism: The Idea of American Art Deco.”


Through July 29

The American Twenties

The American Twenties explores the decade's profound cultural and social changes, ambiguities, and contradictions, and the ideologies that were born or came to fruition in the 1920s.


READING Poetry on the Plaza: The Book of Poetry


BOOK SIGNING Join us for the publication debut of Collecting the Imagination: The First Fifty Years of the Ransom Center. The event features a panel discussion with book contributors, including Megan Barnard, Cathy Henderson, Richard Oram, and John Thomas. Ed Nawotka, publishing correspondent for Bloomberg News and Publisher’s Weekly, moderates. A book signing follows. PURCHASE BOOK.


LECTURE Austin historian Ed Van De Vort presents “Gin, Jazz, and BBQ: Austin in the 1920s.” Co-sponsored by the Heritage Society of Austin.


SATURDAY, MAY 12, 10 A.M.-6 P.M.*
TOURS The Ransom Center and the Heritage Society of Austin present the 15th-annual Heritage Homes Tour, featuring 1920s homes in the Duval/Hemphill Park neighborhoods. Visit the Ransom Center’s exhibition The American Twenties for refreshments and a special gift. PURCHASE TICKETS for the home tour.


LECTURE American Studies scholar Danielle Sigler discusses the role of religion in America in “Father Divine, Daddy Grace, and Pop Evangelism in the 1920s.”


*Tickets required


Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein in the stacksWoodward and Bernstein Discuss Deep Throat

During their recent visit to the Ransom Center, Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein sat down for an exclusive interview to discuss their archive and the role of Mark Felt, also known as Deep Throat, in their reporting on Watergate. LISTEN to audio from the interview.


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