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Robert De Niro makeup snapshotRobert De Niro collection now open for research

The Robert De Niro collection of film-related materials is now open to researchers and the public. The materials, donated in 2006 by actor, director, and producer De Niro, document his professional career from the 1960s through 2005. The collection includes more than 1,300 boxes of papers, film, movie props, and costumes. WATCH VIDEO about cataloging the materials.  Also, view an AUDIO SLIDESHOW from CNN.com.


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Follow the Ransom Center on Twitter at @ransomcenter and be the first to know about news, acquisitions, programs, exhibitions, and more. LEARN MORE


Frida Kahlo Self-portrait returns to the Ransom Center

The Ransom Center celebrates the homecoming of one of its most famous and frequently borrowed art works, the Mexican artist Frida Kahlo's Self-portrait with Thorn Necklace and Hummingbird (1940). Since 1990 the painting has been on almost continuous loan, featured in exhibitions at 28 museums in the United States, Australia, Canada, France, and Spain. The portrait will be on display in the lobby through January 3. LEARN MORE.


Ransom Center acquires Ann Savage film collection

The collection of actress Ann Savage (1921-2008) has been acquired by the Harry Ransom Center. The collection includes Savage’s annotated film scripts, scrapbooks, photo collections, clippings, business contracts, feature film prints, home movies, and 35mm slides. Savage made more than 30 films, predominantly in the 1940s and 50s, and is often recognized for her performance in the film noir classic Detour (1945). LEARN MORE.


Ransom Center launches new research account management system

This system enables patrons to manage their personal information and collection material requests. LEARN MORE about how this change will improve research at the Center.



Miniature Rubaiyats
Through August 2

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. WATCH AUDIO SLIDESHOW on how curators chose to display 25 miniature editions of The Rubáiyát. Also, JOIN the Omar Khayyám Club on Facebook.


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. LEARN MORE.



Poetry on the Plaza: Surrealism in Latin AmericaWEDNESDAY, MAY 6, NOON
READING Poetry on the Plaza: Surrealism in Latin America.







Gertrude Stein's pen

The Write Tool

Many of the collections at the Ransom Center include the very tools the writer, photographer, or artist used to create his or her work. Writer Suzy Banks takes a closer look at some of these items, such as Anne Sexton's typewriter, Gertrude Stein's pen, and Evelyn Waugh's Queen Victoria inkwell, to discover what they say about their original owners. READ MORE.


May 2009


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(Detail) Isaac Bashevis Singer's typewriter. Photo by Pete Smith.
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Makeup photo for The Godfather: Part II (1974). Robert De Niro collection.
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Photo by Pete Smith.
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Cover of Pablo Neruda's Residencia En La Tierra.
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Gertrude Stein's pen. Photo by Pete Smith.

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