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(Detail) Allen Ginsberg and Neal Cassady leaning against a car, early 1960s.
News image:
Mike Wallace interviewing Margaret Sanger on The Mike Wallace Interview, September 23, 1957. © Mike Wallace.
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Donna DeCesare, Edgar Bolaños — "There are lots of people here who want to kill me. I don't mean homeboys. I mean the really bad people from the organized crime rings and other people who just hate us."
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(Detail) Image pasted on letter from Frederick W. Beecher to Sarah Hale Goodwin Beecher, dated November 22 [no year].
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Charlie Parker's band performing in a club (undated).


The Mike Wallace InterviewThe Mike Wallace Interview now available online

Broadcast journalist Mike Wallace’s interviews from the television program The Mike Wallace Interview, which ran for two seasons in 1957 and 1958, are now available online. Wallace, 89, rose to prominence in 1956 with the New York City television program Night Beat, which soon developed into the nationally televised prime-time program The Mike Wallace Interview. In the early 1960s, Wallace donated to the Ransom Center the show’s interviews on 16mm kinescope. Most of the episodes have not been available since they aired. VIEW VIDEOS.


Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka visits Ransom Center

While on campus to give a keynote address about Darfur, Nigerian writer Wole Soyinka toured the Ransom Center and viewed a small exhibition of materials organized in his honor. LEARN MORE about his visit and the materials he viewed.


New photo slideshows on website

View a SLIDESHOW of photos from the marathon reading of Jack Kerouac’s novel On the Road, which was held at Spiderhouse Café in March. Also view photos from the members' scroll party in April. LEARN more about how to become a member of the Ransom Center.

Inside El Salvador

Through August 3

Inside El Salvador

This photography exhibition chronicles the height of the civil war in El Salvador in the early 1980s and depicts those directly involved with the conflict, including the guerilla forces and the army, and the war’s effects on the civilian population. LISTEN to a podcast featuring photojournalist Donna DeCesare  talk about the exhibition.


On the Road with the Beats

Travel with Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, William S. Burroughs, and their friends across America and the globe. Manuscripts, books, photographs, and visual art from the Ransom Center’s collections tell the story of the Beat Generation and the literary and social revolution they inspired. The scroll manuscript of Jack Kerouac’s On the Road will be on display through June 1. VIEW an audio slideshow of images from the installation of the scroll manuscript.


Poetry on the Plaza: Lost and FoundWEDNESDAY, MAY 7, NOON
READING Poetry on the Plaza: Lost and Found


LECTURE Photojournalist Donna DeCesare, Assistant Professor of Photojournalism at The University of Texas at Austin, presents “Destiny’s Children: L.A. Gangs in Post-war El Salvador.”


LECTURE Associate Professor of Journalism at The University of Texas at Austin Mercedes Lynn de Uriarte presents “Ominous Parallels: El Salvador as Foreshadowing.”



Charlie Parker's band in a club

The Bebop Revolution

When Bebop hit the music scene in the 1940s, it caused quite a stir for its failure to follow conventional jazz music rules. But the movement grew and influenced Beat generation writers such as Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, and Neal Cassady. LEARN MORE about this musical movement that some claimed “set music back 20 years.” Also, visit the exhibition On the Road with the Beats to listen to Bebop at the listening stations in the galleries.


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