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Inside cover of David Foster Wallace's teaching copy

David Foster Wallace archive now open

The archive of David Foster Wallace (1962-2008) is now open for research at the Harry Ransom Center. The collection fills 34 document boxes and 8 oversize folders and is divided into three main sections: works, personal and career-related materials, and copies of works by Don DeLillo.  A FINDING AID for the collection can be accessed online. LEARN MORE.


"A Picture Perfect Evening” photographs now on Flickr

Thank you to our members and guests who made the opening celebration for the exhibition Discovering the Language of Photography: The Gernsheim Collection such a success. There are many PHOTOGRAPHS of the event on the Ransom Center's Flickr page. Complimentary admission and valet parking at opening receptions are just some of the benefits of membership. 


Center now accepting applications for 2011-2012 fellowships

The Ransom Center is now receiving applications for its 2011-2012 research fellowships in the humanities. The application deadline is February 1, 2011. About 50 fellowships are awarded annually by the Ransom Center to support scholarly research projects in all areas of the humanities. Applicants must demonstrate the need for substantial on-site use of the Center’s collections. LEARN MORE.


The Gernsheim Collection now available from UT Press

To coincide with the exhibition Discovering the Language of Photography: The Gernsheim Collection, UT Press has published The Gernsheim Collection. The book includes more than 125 full-page images from the collection accompanied by extensive annotations in which the Ransom Center's Senior Research Curator of Photography, Roy Flukinger, describes each image's place in the evolution of photography and within the collection. The catalog also traces the Gernsheims' passion for collecting and their career as pioneering historians of photography, showing how their efforts significantly contributed to the acceptance of photography as a fine art and as a field worthy of intellectual study. LEARN MORE.



Discovering the Language of Photography: The Gernsheim Collectio

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 ten or more.


The exhibition was recently highlighted on the NPR photography blog The Picture Show. READ MORE.



Poetry on the Plaza: The Language of Photography

READING Poetry on the Plaza: The Language of Photography


MEMBER EVENT Enjoy a night of special access to the Ransom Center at this insiders’ open house and reception for new members. Invitation-only; RSVP required. Become a member today.


DISCUSSION Charles R. Larson of American University speaks about his collection of African, African American, and Native American literature, which the Ransom Center acquired in 2009. Bernth Lindfors, University of Texas Professor Emeritus of English, hosts the conversation. This program will be WEBCAST live.


DISCUSSION David Lipsky, author of Although Of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself, and Wallace’s friends and fellow writers David Means and Antonya Nelson discuss David Foster Wallace’s life and work at the Texas Book Festival. For more information, visit the Texas Book Festival website.


DISCUSSION J. B. Colson, Professor Emeritus of Journalism and Fellow of the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, and Roy Flukinger, Ransom Center Senior Research Curator of Photography, discuss the lives and work of Helmut and Alison Gernsheim. A book signing of The Gernsheim Collection follows. This program will be WEBCAST live.


HARRY RANSOM LECTURE National Endowment for the Humanities Chairman Jim Leach discusses the role of “Civility in a Fractured Society.” Chairman Leach is visiting all 50 states and speaking on the importance of civility in public discourse. Presented by the University Co-op. Ransom Center members receive complimentary parking and priority entry. This program will be WEBCAST live.


Cover of the "The Interstate Line" program.

Vaudeville theater circuits: "Like beads strung on a necklace"

Paula Lupkin, a professor in the American Culture Studies Program at Washington University in St. Louis, recently spent time working in the Hoblitzelle-Interstate collection at the Ransom Center on a Filmscript Acquisitions Endowment fellowship. Her research yielded surprises and insights into the regional vaudeville circuits in the Southwest. LEARN MORE and view a slideshow of images from the collection.


October 2010


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Explore The First Photograph

Masthead image:
(Detail) Unidentified Photographer. Helmut and Alison Gernsheim hanging an exhibition at Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan. 1963. Gelatin silver print. 17.8 x 12.7 cm.
News image:
Inside cover from David Foster Wallace's teaching copy of Thomas Harris's The Silence of the Lambs.
Exhibitions image:
Hans Hammarskiöld, Frosty Grass, 1952. © Hans Hammarskiöld.
Public Programs image:
Julia Margaret Cameron, Study of Child's Head, ca. 1866. Albumen print. 34.0 x 26.4 cm.
Insider's Perspective image:
Cover of the “The Interstate Line” program. Hoblitzelle-Interstate collection.

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