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Green curtain dress from "Gone With The Wind" 

Gone With The Wind fans donate $30,000 to preserve original costumes

More than 600 individuals from 44 states and 13 countries have contributed to the effort to raise $30,000 to preserve five original costumes from Gone With The Wind (1939). The donations will allow the Ransom Center to restore the dresses and purchase protective housing and custom-fitted mannequins to allow for proper exhibition according to conservation best practices and standards. The Center plans to display the costumes in 2014 as part of an exhibition celebrating the 75th anniversary of Gone With The Wind and to loan the dresses to museums internationally. LEARN MORE.

Join the Ransom Center for a “Picture Perfect Evening”

Celebrate the opening of the exhibition Discovering the Language of Photography: The Gernsheim Collection on Friday, September 10. Guests will enjoy hors d’oeuvres, a specialty cocktail featuring Tito’s Handmade Vodka, a photo booth, tours of the exhibition, and more. Become a member now to receive your complimentary ticket and valet parking. Non-members may purchase tickets to the event for $20 (valet parking included). JOIN or PURCHASE TICKETS now.


Denis Johnson papers acquired by the Ransom Center

The Ransom Center has acquired the papers of National Book Award winner Denis Johnson, author of Jesus' Son and Tree of Smoke. The collection includes manuscripts, typescripts, research materials, journals, correspondence, family photos and juvenilia, press clippings, books, and other items. LEARN MORE.


Magnum Photos collection now open for research

The Magnum Photos collection, comprising more than 1,300 boxes of photographic materials, is now open. Dating from the 1930s to 2004, the bulk of the 210,000 photographs from Magnum Photos' New York bureau are gelatin silver prints, though the collection also contains some color prints. LEARN MORE or VIEW an inventory of the collection.


Register for the Flair Symposium

Register to attend the 2010 Flair Symposium, Shaping the History of Photography, September 30-October 2, 2010. Speakers include Alison Nordström of the George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film, Anne W. Tucker of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Mary Virginia Swanson of M. V. Swanson & Associates, and photographer Barbara Crane. Pre-registration and payment required. LEARN MORE.



Discovering the Language of Photography: The Gernsheim Collectio 
Opening September 7

Discovering the Language of Photography: The Gernsheim Collection

Drawn from the peerless collection of Helmut and Alison Gernsheim, the exhibition features masterpieces from photography’s first 150 years, alongside other images that, while lesser known, are integral to the medium’s history. Highlights include the first photograph (on permanent display at the Ransom Center); works by nineteenth-century masters such as Lewis Carroll, Julia Margaret Cameron, and Henry Peach Robinson; and iconic images by modern photographers such as Man Ray, Edward Weston, Robert Capa, and Henri Cartier-Bresson. LEARN MORE.


Take a free guided tour of the exhibition on Tuesdays at noon and Saturdays and Sundays at 2 p.m. Please call 512-475-8086 to make arrangements for groups of 10 or more.



Picture Perfect Evening

OPENING Join us for a Picture Perfect Evening, the opening reception for the exhibition Discovering the Language of Photography: The Gernsheim Collection. Free for Ransom Center members; $20 for non-members. LEARN MORE


READING Commemorate the opening of the David Foster Wallace archive with readings of Wallace’s work by writers and actors, including Elizabeth Crane, Doug Dorst, Owen Egerton, Chris Gibson, and Jake Silverstein. Seating is limited. Line forms upon arrival of the first person, and doors open 30 minutes in advance. A reception and small display of materials from the Wallace archive follow at the Ransom Center. Co-sponsored by American Short Fiction and Salvage Vanguard Theater. This program will be WEBCAST live.


TOUR David Coleman, the Ransom Center’s Curator of Photography, leads a gallery tour of Discovering the Language of Photography: The Gernsheim Collection.


AUSTIN MUSEUM DAY Ransom Center photography curators and conservators answer questions about identifying, preserving, and storing photographs from 2 to 4 p.m. Docent-led tours of the exhibition begin at noon, 2, and 4 p.m.


READING Poetry on the Plaza: Actors from the London Stage: Greece is the Word


SYMPOSIUM The ninth biennial Flair Symposium, “Shaping the History of Photography,” explores trends and issues in collecting, exhibiting, publishing, and the historiography of photography. Pre-registration and payment required. LEARN MORE.


Ezra Pound's chess set

'Sometimes you have to think outside the box'

The Ransom Center's preservation lab is responsible for housing every type of item in the Center’s collections. Some of the more unusual items—Arthur Conan Doyle's golf bag, Robert De Niro's prop bat from The Untouchables (1987), and Ezra Pound's chess set, for example—require creative solutions. LEARN MORE about the custom boxes and housings that the lab builds to preserve and protect these personal effects.


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(Detail) July 2008 issue of Playboy magazine with Part I of Denis Johnson noir novel Nobody Move.
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Green Curtain Dress (the Portieres Dress) worn by Vivien Leigh as Scarlett O'Hara in Gone With The Wind.
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Exhibition identity for Discovering the Language of Photography: The Gernsheim Collection.
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Picture Perfect Evening.
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Custom housing built for Ezra Pound's chess set in the Marcella Spann Booth collection. Photo by Pete Smith.

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