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Ransom Center Fellowships

Now Accepting Applications for Fellowships

The Ransom Center is now accepting applications for its 2009-2010 research fellowships in the humanities. About 50 fellowships are awarded annually by the Ransom Center to support scholarly research projects that require substantial on-site use of the Center’s collections. Learn more and view application instructions. Also WATCH VIDEOS of recent scholars discussing their use of the Center’s collections for research. 


University Co-op Sponsors Harry Ransom Lectures

The Harry Ransom Center has formed a distinguished lecture and residency program in the arts and humanities. Funded by a grant from the University Co-operative Society, the Harry Ransom Lectures will be introduced in the spring with visits from playwright and filmmaker David Mamet, artist Ed Ruscha, Booker Prize-winning British novelist Barry Unsworth, and writer Azar Nafisi. LEARN MORE.


Author Jim Crace featured on "Writers Reflect"

British writer Jim Crace answers questions about what it means to have his papers housed at the Ransom Center and what he’d like to explore here. READ the interview with Crace. "Writers Reflect" is a recurring feature on the Ransom Center's website where authors answer questions about their work and archives. Past authors have included Sebastian Barry, Alan Furst, and Tim O'Brien.


Subscribe to the Ransom Center’s new YouTube channel

The Ransom Center recently launched a channel on YouTube, where you can view Ransom Center-related content and share videos with your friends. VIEW trailers for the films that will be featured in the Archives Film Series.



A Cabinet of Drawings

Through January 4

A Cabinet of Drawings

This survey or “cabinet” of more than 100 drawings from the Ransom Center’s diverse collections features book illustrations, designs, illustrated letters, landscapes, and portraiture by such internationally recognized figures as William Blake, Jean Cocteau, Miguel Covarrubias, E. E. Cummings, Thomas Jefferson, Henry Miller, Pablo Picasso, and Dante Gabriel Rossetti. VIEW an audio slideshow of Curator Peter Mears discussing how the exhibition is organized.


The Mystique of the Archive

Drawing from the Harry Ransom Center’s extensive modern literature collections—including the archives of Julian Barnes, Don DeLillo, Anne Sexton, and many others—the exhibition describes what constitutes an archive, documents the evolution of creative works, and maps an archive’s journey from the writer’s home to the scholar’s desk. LEARN MORE



Poetry on the Plaza: Ballads and BalladeersWEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 1, NOON
READING Poetry on the Plaza: Ballads and Balladeers


LECTURE Michael Charlesworth, Associate Professor in the Department of Art and Art History at The University of Texas at Austin, presents “Drawing as Looking, Thinking, Touching.”


ARCHIVES FILM SERIES Neil LaBute’s Possession (2002), adapted from the A. S. Byatt novel, and starring Gwyneth Paltrow and Aaron Eckhart. VIEW TRAILER.


PERFORMANCE Music from the Collections: Italy’s Ensemble Micrologus performs music from the Ransom Center’s medieval manuscripts collection. Co-sponsored by the Sarah and Ernest Butler School of Music at The University of Texas at Austin.


LECTURE French photographer Frédéric Brenner discusses his work, a visual anthology of the Jewish Diaspora that spans 25 years and more than 40 countries. Co-sponsored by the Schusterman Center for Jewish Studies at The University of Texas at Austin and the Jewish Community Association of Austin.


DISCUSSION To kick off the Texas Book Festival, Andre Dubus III discusses his latest novel, The Garden of Last Days. A book signing follows.


Beckett period

Art installation features period from Beckett manuscript

What does a Samuel Beckett manuscript have to do with a French art exhibition? Last summer, an unusual request to magnify the final period of Beckett’s The Unnamable evolved into a fascinating discovery as a high-resolution scan of the piece revealed more to an artist than what initially met the eye. LEARN MORE.


October 2008


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Explore The First Photograph

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(Detail) Completion scheme for Julian Barnes's Flaubert's Parrot, ca. 1983.
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Detail of image on fellowship poster.
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Illustration of early edition of The Rime of the Ancient Mariner by Samuel Taylor Coleridge.
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Enlarged image of period from Samuel Beckett's manuscript of The Unnamable. Photo by Pete Smith.

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