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Harry Ransom Center eNews December 2011/January 2012 eNews
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Paul Schrader

Screenwriter and director Paul Schrader's archive opens for research

The archive of screenwriter and director Paul Schrader is now open for research. Schrader wrote screenplays for such films as Taxi Driver (1976), Blue Collar (1978), Raging Bull (1980), American Gigolo (1980), The Mosquito Coast (1986), and Affliction (1997). LEARN MORE about the collection and how a screenplay title inspired an iconic Bruce Springsteen hit song.


Encouraging Discovery: An Introduction to the Harry Ransom Center

Enjoy an insider’s glimpse into the Ransom Center. This ten-minute video provides a broad overview of collections, scholarship, conservation, exhibitions, and programs. Curators, students, members, and conservators discuss their work and how the Center shares and celebrates the creative process. From a Houdini movie poster to letters by Edgar Allan Poe, from Jack Kerouac’s notebook to Robert De Niro’s make-up stills, the video showcases the range of materials that are housed at the Center. VIEW the full video or an excerpt.


Ransom Center acquires collection of contemporary tintypes

The Ransom Center recently acquired ten tintypes from photographer Robb Kendrick. These unique tintypes are each handmade and vary in subject from portraits to landscapes to cacti. Several of Kendrick’s photographs were taken on location for National Geographic, and many were taken for personal projects. VIEW SLIDESHOW.


Share the treasures of the Ransom Center: Gift memberships available

Give the gift of literature, art, photography, film, and the performing arts with a Ransom Center membership. A gift membership is a wonderful way to introduce friends and family to the Ransom Center's treasures. Members receive a year of benefits, including invitations to biannual opening parties; subscriptions to the print newsletter, Ransom Edition; and opportunities for behind-the-scenes access to the collections. LEARN MORE.


Ransom Center receiving applications for 2012-2013 fellowships

The Ransom Center is now receiving applications for its 2012-2013 research fellowships in the humanities. The application deadline is February 1, 2012, and applicants are encouraged, if necessary, to request information from curators by January 1. 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 or VIEW VIDEOS of scholars discussing their research.


  CURRENT EXHIBITIONS - Closing January 22

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. LEARN MORE.


The gallery exhibition is complemented by a web exhibition of the same name. LEARN MORE.


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.


Enjoy a public tour of the exhibitions on Tuesdays at noon and Saturdays and Sundays at 2 p.m. The Ransom Center Galleries are closed Mondays and the following holidays: Christmas Eve Day (Saturday, December 24); Christmas Day (Sunday, December 25); and New Year’s Day (Sunday, January 1).



Banned, Burned, Seized, and Censored

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


Join the Ransom Center and The Encyclopedia Show Austin for an evening of learning and laughter combined with the excitement of a variety show. This month features a censorship-themed show inspired by the Ransom Center's exhibition Banned, Burned, Seized, and Censored. Playwright Diana Grisanti, poet Cristin O'Keefe Aptowicz, stand-up comedian Kerri Lendo, writer Shappy Seasholtz, and poet Austin Kleon share their takes on the topic. $6 tickets available at the door; complimentary admission for the first 200 guests, courtesy of the Ransom Center.


*There are no public programs scheduled in January.


Insider's Perspective

Two sorority sisters from Texas inspire Graham Greene to establish Anglo-Texan Society

On a trip to Edinburgh in 1953, novelist Graham Greene met two sorority sisters who had recently graduated from The University of Texas at Austin. Charmed by the young women, Greene and his friend published an announcement in The Times establishing the Anglo-Texan Society as a joke. Read the FULL STORY, and listen to an audio interview with one of the sorority sisters about meeting Greene. Also, LEARN what Ransom Center fellow Christopher Hull found in Greene’s archive at the Ransom Center.


December 2011/January 2012


Masthead image:
(Detail) Robb Kendrick. Hunter Meinzer, Tongue River Ranch, Texas. November 2006.
News image:
Publicity still from the set of Taxi Driver (1976) with Paul Schrader, Martin Scorcese, and Robert De Niro.
Exhibitions image:
Graphic identity for The Greenwich Village Bookshop Door: A Portal to Bohemia, 1920-1925 exhibition.
Public Programs image:
Graphic identity for Banned, Burned, Seized, and Censored exhibition.
Insider's Perspective image:
Photo of 24 girls from the summer 1953 "European Art Tour Planned for Cultural Values."

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