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(Detail) Gordon Conway. Presentation drawing in the "Jazz Lint" series. ca. 1924-1928.
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Scholars in the Ransom Center Reading Room.
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A design for the title page of
D. H. Lawrence's Studies in Classic American Literature, ca. 1923.
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Film still from Orphans of the Storm.
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James Salter. Photo by Linda Gervin.


Scholars at the Ransom CenterRansom Center announces 2007-2008 fellowship recipients

The Harry Ransom Center has awarded 48 research fellowships for 2007-2008. The fellowships support research projects requiring substantial use of the Center’s collections of manuscripts, rare books, film, photography, art, and performing arts materials. Scholars from 15 states and 9 countries will use Ransom Center materials to research projects from “The Playwright as Author Icon: The Case of Arnold Wesker” to “The Cool Mask: Jazz, Noir, and Existentialism, 1940-1960” to “Hidden Talent: The Emergence of Hollywood Agents, 1928-1949.” VIEW RECIPIENTS and a full list of research topics.


Georgia high school student taps Ransom Center for Ezra Pound project

The Ransom Center reference desk receives about 150 inquiries a month, but a recent unusual request caught the reference librarian's attention. A high school junior in Jones County, Ga., contacted the Ransom Center for help with a project on Ezra Pound that required him to replicate a dinner menu of foods that Pound would have eaten. READ MORE.


Database of literary copyright information available to researchers

The Ransom Center and the Reading University Library have created “Firms Out of Business,” an online database containing the names and addresses of copyright holders or contact persons for out-of-business printing and publishing firms, magazines, literary agencies, and similar organizations that have archives housed in libraries and institutions in North America and the United Kingdom. LEARN MORE.


Fifteen participants selected for Mellon Summer Institute in Spanish Vernacular Paleography

The Ransom Center will host 15 scholars for the Mellon Institute in Spanish Vernacular Paleography from June 11 to 29. Under the direction of Professor Carla Rahn Phillips, participants will acquire intensive practical training in reading late medieval and early modern scripts of Spain and Latin America. Materials from the Ransom Center collections and the Benson Latin American Collection will be used to supplement and enrich the course content. LEARN MORE.

D. H. Lawrence

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. VIEW ITEMS from the exhibition, including a Gordon Conway drawing, a self-portrait of George Gershwin, and more.


Film still from THURSDAY, JUNE 7, 7 P.M.
SILENT SILVER SCREEN SERIES D. W. Griffith’s Orphans of the Storm (1921), starring Lillian Gish. Live music by Graham Reynolds.


LECTURE Author Raye Virginia Allen tells the story of Gordon Conway, the Texas-born designer who helped define the look and lifestyle of the flapper world-wide in “Fashioning a New Woman: Gordon Conway.” The American Twenties exhibition features some items from the Ransom Center’s Gordon Conway collection.


SILENT SILVER SCREEN SERIES Buster Keaton’s immortal The General (1927) with live music by Graham Reynolds and friends.


James Salter. Photo by Lana Rys

Author Q&A: James Salter

The Ransom Center recently spoke with American novelist and short story writer James Salter, author of Light Years, A Sport and a Pastime, and, most recently, Life Is Meals: A Food Lover’s Book of Days. Salter discusses his work, his process, and his archive, which is housed at the Ransom Center. LISTEN.


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