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Harry Ransom Center eNews November 2011 eNews
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Consider the ArchiveVideo of David Foster Wallace event now available online

The Ransom Center celebrated the opening of the David Foster Wallace archive with readings of Wallace's work by writers and actors on September 14. Wayne Alan Brenner, Elizabeth Crane, L. B. Deyo, Doug Dorst, Owen Egerton, Chris Gibson, Kurt Hildebrand, Shannon McCormick, and Jake Silverstein read selections of Wallace's fiction, essays, and correspondence. VIEW VIDEO.


Updated version of Guide to the Collections now available online 

A revised and updated Guide to the Collections is now available on the Center's website, replacing one based largely on the published edition of 2003 (now out of print).  The guide does not replace standard cataloging but supplements it, emphasizing topical access across the collections. LEARN MORE.


Ransom Center receiving 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.


Ransom Center featured on NPR "All Things Considered"

A recent episode of "All Things Considered" included an interview with Ransom Center Associate Director Rich Oram discussing "Cataloging Digital Documents." LISTEN.



Discovering the Language of Photography: The Gernsheim CollectioDiscovering 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 or VIEW VIDEO of Helmut Gernsheim discussing collecting.


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.



READING Poetry on the Plaza: Poets from the Age of Mark Twain


LECTURE Mark Osterman and France Scully Osterman, historians, artists, and modern masters of the wet-plate collodion process, discuss the role of historical photographic processes in their work. This program will be WEBCAST LIVE.


MEMBER TOUR Cathy Henderson, Ransom Center Associate Director of Exhibitions and Education, leads an exclusive tour of restricted-access areas of the building, including the cataloging, technology, and conservation departments, and collection storage. Open to Guild-level members and above by invitation only; limited capacity; RSVP required. Join, upgrade, or renew at www.hrc.utexas.edu/memevents.


LECTURE Artist and writer Eric Karpeles delivers the biennial Amon Carter Lecture, “Proust, Paintings, and the Making of À la recherche du temps perdu.” This program will be WEBCAST LIVE.


Embroidered BibleElaborate embroidered Bible cover tells many stories

A 1638 edition of the King James Bible has an unusually elaborate embroidered cover featuring a nativity scene created with silk thread and silver wire. LEARN MORE about this book and what it says about the embroiderer and the time in which she lived.


November 2010


Masthead image:
(Detail) Robert Howlett, Isambard Kingdom Brunel, before the Anchor Chains of the Great Eastern, 1857.
News image:
From left, Kurt Hildebrand, Shannon McCormick, L. B. Deyo, and Wayne Alan Brenner read an excerpt from Wallace's first novel, The Broom of the System. Photo by Anthony Maddaloni.
Exhibitions image:
Exhibition identity graphic for Discovering the Language of Photography: The Gernsheim Collection.
Public Programs image:
Undated photo of Mark Twain by unknown photographer.
Insider's Perspective image:
The Holy Bible. Printed by Robert Barker, London, 1638. Size: ca. 6 x 3.5 in. Cover materials: silk and silver thread on linen. Photo by Pete Smith.

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