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Rollieflex camera used by Fritz Henle

Fritz Henle items on display at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport

In conjunction with the exhibition Fritz Henle: In Search of Beauty, a collection of items, including photos by Henle, his Rolleiflex camera, and books of his work, are on display at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport. The items are on view through April 7. LEARN MORE.


Rubáiyát exhibition featured on Aielli Unleashed

KUT’s John Aielli recently highlighted the exhibition The Persian Sensation: The Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám in the West on his blog Aielli Unleashed. LISTEN to the interview with exhibition curator Molly Schwartzburg to learn more about the colorful history of the Rubáiyát and its rise to popularity.


View video about life of Harry Huntt Ransom

Learn about the life and legacy of the Harry Ransom Center’s founder in a new video that celebrates the centennial of Harry Ransom's birth. VIEW VIDEO. Also, the biography Harry Ransom: Intellect in Motion by Alan Gribben was recently published by The University of Texas Press.


View writer Sebastian Barry’s study from his perspective

Sebastian Barry, whose papers are housed at the Ransom Center, was recently included in the Guardian’s feature “Writers’ Rooms,” where writers describe the items in a photo of their working space. LEARN MORE. Also, Barry’s most recent novel, The Secret Scripture, was announced as a finalist in the Los Angeles Times Book Awards for fiction.


Teacher workshops explore Watergate papers

The Harry Ransom Center and Education Service Center Region XIII are offering a free teacher workshop on the Ransom Center’s Watergate papers on Saturday, March 28. REGISTER NOW.



Fritz Henle: In Search of Beauty

Through August 2

Fritz Henle: In Search of Beauty

This retrospective exhibition celebrates the art of freelance photographer Fritz Henle (1909-1993). A contributor to such magazines as LIFE and Harper’s Bazaar, Henle had a distinctive style that was characterized by a unique combination of the realistic and the romantic. Featuring more than 100 photographs, this exhibition encompasses a broad range of Henle’s work, including images of 1930s New York, Mexico, and Paris; innovative nudes; and portraits of famous personalities. WATCH VIDEOS of Henle’s family members talking about his life and work.


The Persian Sensation: The Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám in the West

The year 2009 marks the 150th anniversary of Edward FitzGerald’s landmark translation of the poetry of the medieval Persian astronomer Omar Khayyám. These gemlike verses about mortality, fate, and doubt became an unprecedented popular phenomenon in England and America but have since fallen into obscurity. Featuring 200 items from the Ransom Center’s extensive collections, the exhibition narrates The Rubáiyát’s history through such items as Persian manuscripts, miniature editions, and illustrated parodies. Also, join the Omar Khayyám Club on Facebook.



Undated Persian manuscript with RubaiyatWEDNESDAY, MARCH 4, NOON
READING Poetry on the Plaza: Persian Poetry


LECTURE Alison Nordstrom, Curator of Photographs at the George Eastman House, presents “The World Every Week: Picture Magazines and the Golden Age of Photojournalism.” This event will be WEBCAST.


EXPLORE UT Family fun inspired by the current exhibitions.


HARRY RANSOM LECTURE Azar Nafisi, author of Reading Lolita in Tehran, discusses the power of literature to influence culture. A book signing of her memoir Things I Have Been Silent About follows. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Sponsored by the University Co-operative Society.


RUBÁIYÁT FILM SERIES Iranian filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami’s The Wind Will Carry Us (1999). VIEW TRAILER.


TOUR Roy Flukinger, the Ransom Center’s Senior Research Curator of Photography, leads a gallery tour of Fritz Henle: In Search of Beauty.


Learn about Aaron Copland’s Lincoln Portrait composition

The Harry Ransom Center has a small collection of Aaron Copland materials, including original manuscript score pages for his orchestra work Lincoln Portrait. In honor of Abraham Lincoln’s 200th birthday, VIEW IMAGES of the manuscript score and learn more about the history and context of this piece.


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(Detail) H.J. Ford's watercolor painting of The Rubáiyát's most famous stanza, undated.
News image:
1984 Platin Edition of Rolleiflex camera. The 500 cameras were modeled after the Rolleiflex that Fritz Henle used in the 1930s. Photo by Pete Smith.
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Identity for Fritz Henle: In Search of Beauty.
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An undated Persian manuscript containing Rubáiyát stanzas.
Insider's Perspective image:
Page from orchestral score of Aaron Copland's Lincoln Portrait.

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