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Ransom Center acquires new Ezra Pound materials

A major collection of Ezra Pound materials has been acquired by the Ransom Center from Marcella Spann Booth, one of Pound's close friends and collaborators late in his life. The collection fills 14 archival document boxes and includes more than 700 journal-like letters Pound wrote to Spann Booth, documenting his life and career from his hospitalization at St. Elizabeth's to his later years in Italy. Some of these collection materials will appear in the winter issue of The Paris ReviewLEARN MORE.


Fellowship application deadline is February 2

The Harry Ransom Center is now acepting applications for its 2009-2010 research fellowships. The application deadline is February 2, 2009. Approximately 50 fellowships are awarded annually by the Ransom Center to support scholarly research projects in all areas of the humanities. LEARN MORE.


View photos from 2008 Flair Symposium

A selection of photographs taken at the 2008 Flair Symposium, Creating a Usable Past: Writers, Archives, and Institutions, is now available on the Ransom Center’s Flickr page. The symposium featured writers Amy Tan, Denis Johnson, Lee Blessing, and Tim O’Brien, and Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts Dana Gioia, among other speakers. VIEW PHOTOS.


Ransom Center houses papers of National Book Award winner

The Ransom Center holds the papers of Peter Matthiessen, winner of the 59th annual National Book Award. Matthiessen won for Shadow Country, a reworking of his trilogy released in the 1990s about the Florida sugarcane farmer and infamous murderer Edgar J. Watson. LEARN MORE.


Music program featured on Aielli Unleashed

Pianist Richard Dowling, violinist Daniel Ching, and cellist Amy Levine Tsang were recently featured on the KUT blog Aielli Unleashed with John Aielli. KUT is Austin's NPR affiliate. Dowling recently published a new edition of Maurice Ravel’s Trio for piano, violin and cello, based on his research with the original manuscript, which is part of the Carlton Lake French collection at the Ransom Center. Dowling discusses the importance of the manuscript and performs the Trio as part of the program. LISTEN to the interview and performance.


Spring volunteer opportunities

Gain a behind-the-scenes perspective of a cultural archive as you help the Ransom Center achieve its public outreach goals. The Ransom Center is looking for friendly individuals to serve as docents and visitor services volunteers this spring. Visitor services volunteers welcome and orient visitors to the Ransom Center, while docents give tours of the exhibitions after receiving specialized training. Positions require a commitment of 4 hours per week for at least 4 months. Please complete and return a volunteer application by January 1. On the application, check the box “Docent” and/or “Visitor Services.”


In Memoriam: Frith Banbury (1912-2008)

British theater director, actor, and producer Frith Banbury died at the age of 96. Banbury’s papers are housed at the Ransom Center, and include scripts, correspondence, posters, programs, photographs, publicity clippings and scrapbooks, reviews, and financial records pertaining to his career. His papers give an in-depth look at British theater in the twentieth century, particularly in London’s West End. LEARN MORE about the Ransom Center’s holdings of Banbury’s papers.


  CURRENT EXHIBITIONS - Closing January 4

A Cabinet of Drawings

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. WATCH VIDEO of Associate Curator of Art Peter Mears as he discusses part of the exhibition.


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.


*To install the hundreds of objects for our upcoming exhibitions, the Ransom Center Galleries will be temporarily closed from January 5 through February 3, when the new exhibitions open to the public. The Gutenberg Bible and the First Photograph are on permanent display in the lobby.



Poetry on the Plaza: Winter LandscapesWEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 3, NOON
READING Poetry on the Plaza: Winter Landscapes


PERFORMANCE Alex Coke, Rich Harney, Suzi Stern, and friends perform their original jazz adaptation of Dylan Thomas’s “A Child’s Christmas in Wales.” This program will be webcast live.


ARCHIVES FILM SERIES Jean-Jacques Annaud’s The Name of the Rose (1986), starring Sean Connery and Christian Slater. Adapted from Umberto Eco’s novel. VIEW TRAILER.


HARRY RANSOM LECTURE Barry Unsworth, whose archive is housed at the Ransom Center, discusses his new book, Land of Marvels. A book signing follows. Sponsored by the University Co-operative Society. LEARN MORE about the Unsworth papers.


Film still from

Ladies of the Silver Screen: What They Wore

Recent Master of Fine Arts graduate Christina Hobbs used costumes in the Ransom Center’s film collection to complete her graduate thesis in costume technology at The University of Texas at Austin. Hobbs studied the costumes, re-created the patterns, and used those patterns to create replicas of the originals. LEARN MORE about how Hobbs reconstructed these costumes.



December 2008/January 2009


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(Detail) James Joyce, Ezra Pound, Ford Madox Ford, and John Quinn. Unidentified photographer.
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Ezra Pound's ivory chess set and board. Photo by Pete Smith.
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Identity image for A Cabinet of Drawings.
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Illustration by Gordon Conway.
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Film still from I'll Cry Tomorrow (1955).

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