View photographs from “Wild at Heart” event
Thank you to our members and guests who made the opening party for our spring exhibitions a fun and successful event. There are many great PHOTOGRAPHS in front of the streetcar and at the reception on our Flickr page. Complimentary admission and valet parking at opening celebrations are just two of the benefits of being a member.
Digital collection highlights photos taken in Corpus Christi, Texas, during Great Depression
The Ransom Center has made available online the digital collection "The Itinerant Photographer: Photographs of Corpus Christi Businesses in the 1930s." The Center has constructed a web portal to this photography collection. LEARN MORE.
The Library Chronicle now available online
Volumes of The Library Chronicle from 1970 to 1997 are now digitized and available online in a full-text, keyword-searchable digital library. The Library Chronicle was an award-winning journal that included scholarly articles on collection materials, complete exhibition catalogs, and descriptions of important rare book and manuscript holdings at the Ransom Center and other libraries at The University of Texas at Austin. LEARN MORE.
Book a Tour
Looking for a unique activity for birthday parties, book clubs, office outings, school groups, or visiting guests? The Ransom Center offers free docent-led tours of the exhibitions for groups of 10 or more. LEARN MORE and submit a request.
How are unpublished manuscripts unearthed at the Ransom Center?
Research in archival libraries like the Harry Ransom Center can be a bit of a treasure hunt. Every so often, researchers strike scholarly gold: locating and publishing previously unpublished works. Cultural Compass explores how these “discoveries” happen in the reading room. LEARN MORE.
Through July 31
Culture Unbound: Collecting in the Twenty-First Century
This exhibition commemorates the Ransom Center's tireless hunt for archives that will capture the imagination, invigorate scholarly research, and deepen our understanding of culture. Highlighting major acquisitions in this new century, the exhibition demonstrates how the Center builds a collection of interrelated archives that strengthen and give context to one another. The exhibition showcases materials from both major and lesser-known figures, from writers David Mamet, David Foster Wallace, and Don DeLillo to Brian Moore and Jayne Anne Phillips, from journalists Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein to acting teacher Stella Adler. The exhibition explains how archives come to the Ransom Center and how they contribute to our cultural history. LEARN MORE or VIEW VIDEO PREVIEW.
Becoming Tennessee Williams
With his plays The Glass Menagerie (1945) and A Streetcar Named Desire (1947), the American playwright Tennessee Williams (1911–1983) reinvented the theater. Drawing on the Ransom Center’s extensive collection of Tennessee Williams manuscripts, correspondence, photographs, and artwork, this centenary exhibition explores the idea, act, and process of artistic creation, illuminating how Thomas Lanier Williams became Tennessee Williams. Williams asserted that most of his plays dealt with the “wild at heart kept in cages,” a description, perhaps, of his own life. Throughout the exhibition, Williams’s personal biography is compared and contrasted with the dramatic structure of his plays. LEARN MORE or VIEW VIDEO PREVIEW.
THURSDAY, MARCH 3, 7 P.M., JESSEN AUDITORIUM
HARRY RANSOM LECTURE John Lahr, Senior Drama Critic of The New Yorker, presents “Tennessee Williams and the Out-Crying Heart.” Presented by the University Co-op. Ransom Center members receive complimentary parking and priority entry. Details at www.hrc.utexas.edu/events.
SATURDAY, MARCH 5, 9 A.M., MELLOW JOHNNY'S BIKE SHOP, 400 NUECES
BIKE TOUR Explore art, history, the humanities, and science while enjoying a casual bike ride! Co-hosted by Mellow Johnny’s Bike Shop and the Austin Cycling Association, this bike tour stops by museums that are part of Austin’s Cultural Campus: the Blanton Museum of Art, The Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum, the Harry Ransom Center, the LBJ Library and Museum, and the Texas Memorial Museum. Total mileage is about 6 miles. LEARN MORE AND RSVP.
SATURDAY, MARCH 5, 11 A.M.–5 P.M.
EXPLORE UT Visit the Ransom Center for gallery tours and family-friendly activities during this campus-wide celebration.
TUESDAY, MARCH 8, 7 P.M.
AUSTIN PUBLIC LIBRARY, WINDSOR PARK BRANCH, 5833 WESTMINSTER DRIVE
BOOK DISCUSSION The Austin Public Library Friends Foundation and the Ransom Center host a discussion of David Mamet’s American Buffalo in conjunction with the exhibition Culture Unbound: Collecting in the Twenty-First Century.
TUESDAY, MARCH 22, NOON
SATURDAY, MARCH 26, 2 P.M.
SUNDAY, MARCH 27, 2 P.M.
TOUR Join us the last week of each month for a thematic docent-led tour that incorporates both exhibitions. In this month's tour with the topic of "death," discover how writers such as Don DeLillo, Jim Crace, and Tennessee Williams wrote about characters coming to grips with their own mortality and coping with the deaths of loved ones.
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 23, 7 P.M.
AUSTIN PUBLIC LIBRARY, NORTH VILLAGE BRANCH, 2505 STECK AVENUE
BOOK DISCUSSION The Austin Public Library Friends Foundation and the Ransom Center host a discussion of Tim O’Brien’s The Things They Carried in conjunction with the exhibition Culture Unbound: Collecting in the Twenty-First Century.
THURSDAY, MARCH 24, 7 P.M.
TOUR Charlotte Canning, exhibition curator and Professor of Theatre and Dance at The University of Texas at Austin, leads a gallery tour of Becoming Tennessee Williams.
FRIDAY, MARCH 25, 6:30 P.M., CENTRAL MARKET, NORTH LAMAR
COOKING CLASS Celebrate Tennessee Williams’s birthday with the Ransom Center and the Central Market Cooking School. Enjoy cooking demonstrations by CM Cooking School Chef Louis Ortiz and food inspired by Williams’s life and works. The menu includes Chicken & Andouille Jambalaya, Crawfish Etouffee, Blackened Redfish, and Bread Pudding with Bourbon Sauce. Pre-payment and registration required. Ransom Center members receive a discount. Please call 512-232-3669 for the discount code. REGISTER NOW.
SATURDAY, MARCH 26
TOURS Commemorate Tennessee Williams’s birthday with gallery tours of Becoming Tennessee Williams at noon, 2 p.m., and 4 p.m.
TUESDAY, MARCH 29, 7 P.M.
AUSTIN PUBLIC LIBRARY, TWIN OAKS BRANCH, 1800 S. FIFTH STREET
BOOK DISCUSSION The Austin Public Library Friends Foundation and the Ransom Center host a discussion of Brian Moore’s The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne in conjunction with the exhibition Culture Unbound: Collecting in the Twenty-First Century.
THURSDAY, MARCH 31, 7 P.M.
LECTURE For the 2011 Pforzheimer Lecture, Anthony Grafton, Henry Putnam University Professor of History at Princeton University, presents “Humanists with Dirty Fingers: Correctors in the Renaissance Printing House.” Co-sponsored by the Center for European Studies and the Institute for Historical Studies at The University of Texas at Austin.