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August 2007


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(Detail) Norman Mailer’s “The Hip and the Square: 1. The List” in Advertisements for Myself (New York: Putnam’s, 1959).
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Sweet Daddy Grace with reporters on March 3, 1938. New York Journal-American collection.
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Ransom Center Galleries. Thomas McConnell Photography 2004. 
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Charles Nelson Prothro Theater at the Ransom Center.
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(Detail) Norman Mailer’s “The Hip and the Square: 1. The List” in Advertisements for Myself (New York: Putnam’s, 1959).


Sweet Daddy GraceGrant funds cataloging of New York Journal-American photograph collection

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded the Ransom Center a $312,000 grant to help catalog and preserve millions of photographs in the archive of the New York Journal-American newspaper. LEARN MORE.


Scholars study Spanish paleography at the Ransom Center

In June, the Ransom Center hosted the Mellon Summer Institute in Spanish Vernacular Paleography. Scholars used materials from the Ransom Center and the University’s Benson Latin American Collection to practice reading 16th- and 17th-century Spanish manuscripts. LEARN MORE AND VIEW PHOTOS.


Ransom Center announces interns for the 2007-08 academic year

The Ransom Center will host seven graduate interns and six undergraduate interns during the 2007-08 academic year. Graduate interns will answer reference questions from patrons, orient visitors to the reading room, and work on special projects related to their interests. Undergraduate interns will work in various departments, including exhibitions, public affairs, performing arts, art, photography, manuscripts, marketing, academic programs, and public programs. LEARN MORE.


Ransom Center Galleries

To install the hundreds of objects in our upcoming exhibitions, Rehearsing the American Dream: Arthur Miller's Theater and Dress Up: Portrait and Performance in Victorian Photography, the Ransom Center Galleries are temporarily closed. They reopen on September 4 when the new exhibitions open to the public. The Gutenberg Bible and the First Photograph remain on permanent display in the lobby.


Ransom Center's Prothro TheaterThere are no public programs scheduled during August, but keep an eye out for the Ransom Center’s fall program calendar, which includes an event with playwright Tony Kushner and a performance by The Rude Mechanicals theater troupe.

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The Hip and the Square

The Hip and the Square

In honor of Norman Mailer’s writings on the “hip” and the "square,” visitors to last fall’s exhibition Norman Mailer Takes on America defined their own ideas of “hip” and “square.” Is MTV hip or square? MySpace? Cable news? READ what visitors had to say.


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