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Nicholas Ray

Archive of Rebel Without a Cause director acquired by the Ransom Center

The archive of film director Nicholas Ray (1911–1979), best known for his film Rebel Without a Cause, has been acquired by the Ransom Center. Spanning more than 35 years, materials in the collection include, but are not limited to, Ray's work on They Live By Night (1949), In A Lonely Place (1950), Flying Leathernecks (1951), Rebel Without a Cause (1955), Run for Cover (1955), Bitter Victory (1957), and 55 Days at Peking (1963). The holdings include original treatments, annotated scripts, photographs, journals, notes, audio reels, video recordings, and film that provide an account of Ray's working methods and ideas. LEARN MORE.


The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas collection donated to the Ransom Center

A collection of materials from husband-wife duo actress Carlin Glynn and writer and director Peter Masterson relating to their careers and work on the original Broadway production and film The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas has been donated to the Ransom Center. The show ran for more than 1,500 performances on Broadway, toured extensively, and was adapted to film in 1982. The collection tracks the musical from its genesis to its stage performance and film adaptation through multiple versions of the stage and film script, publicity photographs, correspondence, and financial documents related to the premiere, documents related to the West End production and other touring productions, and correspondence related to the development of the film script. LEARN MORE.


Become a member now to attend the opening party for the fall exhibitions

The Ransom Center announces an “Uncensored” celebration for the opening of the exhibitions Banned, Burned, Seized, and Censored and The Greenwich Village Bookshop Door: A Portal to Bohemia, 1920–1925. Guests will enjoy a first look at the exhibitions, light hors d’oeuvres, quick sketch artists, screenings of “objectionable films,” Lagunitas Brewing Co.’s “Censored” Copper Ale, and a signature cocktail sponsored by Treaty Oak Platinum Rum. JOIN or purchase tickets at the door for $20 (valet parking included).


Ransom Center now receiving applications for 2012-2013 fellowships

The Ransom Center is now accepting applications for its 2012-2013 research fellowships in the humanities. The application deadline is February 1, 2012. More than 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.


In Memoriam: William B. Todd (1919–2011)

Bibliographer, scholar, and donor William B. Todd died earlier this week. Todd was an up-and-coming bibliographer in the 1950s when he was recruited by Harry Ransom and went on to make many noteworthy scholarly discoveries and contribute in a variety of ways to the intellectual life of the Harry Ransom Center through his publications, exhibitions, and advice on acquisitions. LEARN MORE.


Ransom Center puts materials on display for Civil War musical

Rappahannock County, a new musical theater piece about life during the Civil War, opens September 22 at the McCullough Theater at The University of Texas at Austin. The Ricky Ian Gordon-Mark Campbell work was co-commissioned by Texas Performing Arts to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War and draws from diaries, letters, and personal accounts to explore the war’s impact, from secession to defeat, on a community of Virginians. In honor of the work's Texas premiere, Civil War-era documents from the Ransom Center will be on display in the Center's lobby through October 2. LEARN MORE.


  CURRENT EXHIBITIONS - Opening September 6

The Greenwich Village Bookshop Door: A Portal to Bohemia, 19

The Greenwich Village Bookshop Door: A Portal to Bohemia, 1920-1925

As early as 1921, noteworthy visitors to Frank Shay's bookshop, located at 4 Christopher Street in the heart of Greenwich Village in New York City, began signing the narrow door that opened onto the store's back room. When the shop closed in 1925, manager Juliette Koenig preserved the door and, with it, a revelatory slice of cultural history. Signed by 240 writers, artists, actors, publishers, and other community members, this unusual artifact presents a unique opportunity to reconsider the intersecting communities that made the Village an epicenter of American modernism and literary commerce.

The gallery exhibition is complemented by a web exhibition of the same name. LEARN MORE. Also, READ an essay from The New York Times Book Review about the web exhibition.


Banned, Burned, Seized, and Censored

How did hundreds of thousands of books, pictures, plays, and magazines come to be banned, burned, seized, and censored in the span of less than 30 years? This exhibition reveals the rarely seen "machinery" of censorship in the United States between the two world wars. Using tactics from extra-legal intimidation to federal prosecution, censors from the New York Society for the Suppression of Vice, New England's Watch and Ward Society, the Post Office Department, and the Treasury Department waged war on "objectionable" literature. Larger-than-life personalities battled publicly over obscenity, "clean books," and freedom of expression while writers, agents, and publishers attempted to navigate the increasingly complex world of American censorship. LEARN MORE.




OPENING Join us for “Uncensored,” the opening reception for the exhibitions Banned, Burned, Seized, and Censored and The Greenwich Village Bookshop Door: A Portal to Bohemia, 1920–1925. Free for Ransom Center members; $20 for non-members. LEARN MORE.


READING Poetry on the Plaza: Emperors of Ice Cream, with ice cream provided by the Texas Institute for Literary and Textual Studies.


LECTURE Arnold Rampersad, National Humanities Medal recipient and MacArthur Fellow, presents “African American Poetry: Past, Present, and Future,” the Texas Institute for Literary and Textual Studies Poetics Lecture in honor of Thomas Cable.


HARRY RANSOM LECTURE Nicole Krauss, author of Man Walks into a Room and The History of Love, reads from Great House and speaks with Michener Center Director James Magnuson about her work. A book signing follows. Presented by the University Co-op. This program will be WEBCAST LIVE. Ransom Center members receive complimentary parking and priority entry.*


HARRY RANSOM LECTURE Legendary Magnum photographer Elliott Erwitt discusses his life and work. The Magnum Photos collection resides at the Ransom Center. Presented by the University Co-op. This program will be WEBCAST LIVE. Ransom Center members receive complimentary parking and priority entry.*


TOUR Visit the Ransom Center’s exhibitions during Austin Museum Day. Docent-led tours begin at noon, 2 p.m., and 4 p.m.


CURATOR TOUR Assistant Director and Curator for Academic Programs Danielle Brune Sigler leads a tour of Banned, Burned, Seized, and Censored.


READING Poetry on the Plaza: Actors from the London Stage


LECTURE Brett Gary, Associate Professor of Media, Culture, and Communication at New York University, delivers the Stanley Burnshaw Lecture “The Importance of Being Morris L. Ernst—The Man Who Took on the Censors and Freed Ulysses.”  The Morris L. Ernst collection is housed at the Ransom Center. This program will be WEBCAST LIVE.


COOKING CLASS Commemorate Banned Books Week with the Ransom Center and the Central Market (CM) Cooking School. Enjoy cooking demonstrations by CM Cooking School Chef Louis Ortiz and food inspired by the exhibition Banned, Burned, Seized, and Censored. Pre-payment and registration required. Ransom Center members receive a discount.


*Members of the Harry Ransom Center receive complimentary parking and priority entry at this program. Doors open at 6:20 p.m. for members and at 6:30 p.m. for the general public. Members must present their membership cards for priority entrance; one seat per membership card. Members arriving after 6:30 will join the general queue. Complimentary parking for members is available at the University Co-op garage at 23rd and San Antonio streets.


Cara Varnell mends a feather on a dress from "Gone With

Follow the progress of the conservation of the Gone With The Wind dresses

Conservation work has begun on the dresses from Gone With The Wind, following a successful fundraising campaign in which more than 600 fans donated to the project. LEARN MORE about the work and challenges conservators face with the green curtain dress, the burgundy ball gown, the wedding veil, and the green dressing gown.


September 2011


Masthead image:
(Detail) Storyboard from Rebel Without a Cause (1955).
News image:
Dennis Hopper and Nicholas Ray, ca. 1971. Photo by Mark Goldstein.
Exhibitions image:
Graphic identity for exhibition The Greenwich Village Bookshop Door: A Portal to Bohemia, 1920-1925.
Public Programs image:
Graphic identity for "Uncensored" celebration.
Insider's Perspective image: Conservator Cara Varnell mends a feather from the burgundy ball gown from Gone With The Wind. This feather was broken at the point where it was sewn to the dress. Photo by Pete Smith.

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