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Harry Ransom Center: They f**king scored the f**king Mamet papers
UT's Ransom Center – which has long held to the motto, 'Always be closing' – has acquired the archives of Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, screenwriter, and director David Mamet
Arts Story  April 19, 2007, by Robert Faires
"...The Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center – which has long held to the motto "Always be closing" – has acquired more than 100 boxes of Mamet material, including manuscripts and multiple drafts of each of his 50 plays and 25 screenplays, from American Buffalo and Glengarry Glen Ross to The Untouchables and Wag the Dog to unpublished and abandoned works; 175 personal journals spanning the years 1966 to 2001, wherein Mamet recorded ideas, notes for works, and daily reflections; and extensive correspondence from actor Joe Mantegna and magician/magic scholar Ricky Jay, plus letters from Harold Pinter, Mike Nichols, Steve Martin, and assorted agents, editors, production staff, and friends. Mamet had held on to this material despite his never wanting to see it again..."

Harry Ransom Center
The papers of director Peter Masterson and actor Carlin Glynn land at the HRC
Arts Story  August 12, 2011, by Robert Faires
"...Where else would one want to locate the archival material for The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas than the best little humanities research library in Texas? So naturally, Peter Masterson, who co-wrote the musical's book with Larry L. King and co-directed its premiere production with Tommy Tune, and actor Carlin Glynn, who scored both a Tony Award and an Olivier Award as the show's original Miss Mona, have chosen the University of Texas' Harry Ransom Center to house their collected documents relating to the 1978 musical..."

Harry Ransom Center Honors 'All the President's Men'
Screens Story  April 15, 2011, by Marc Savlov
"...The Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas, which holds the Woodward and Bernstein Watergate papers, has a series of events and exhibits planned for the 35th anniversary of Alan J. Pakula's All the President's Men..."

Harry Ransom Center to Showcase Mamet
Winter lecture series includes David Mamet and Azar Nafisi
DAILY Books  January 12, 2009, by Kimberley Jones
"...The invaluable Harry Ransom Center just released its slate of winter guest lecturers, which kicks off Jan. 25 with a talk by Booker Prize-winner Barry Unsworth, to whom we gave a big thumbs up last week for his latest novel, Land of Marvels...."

Harry Ransom Center + David Foster Wallace = <3 4EVER
UT's Harry Ransom Center acquires Infinite Jest author's archive
DAILY Books  March 9, 2010, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...Here we are now in the year after Infinite Summer, where literate people across the globe read Infinite Jest for the first time, and it's the year in which the University of Texas' heady body of archived culture – the Ransom Center, yes – has glommed onto most everything that remains, paper-trailwise, of what Our Man With The Bandanna created...."

Changing of the Guard at the Ransom Center
Stephen Enniss steps up to take Thomas Staley's post
DAILY Books  April 8, 2013, by Monica Riese
"...After a quarter of a century at the helm of the Harry Ransom Center, Thomas F. Staley is stepping down on Aug..."

The Ransom Center's Hidden Riches
The UT History department continues their "welcome back" festivities.
DAILY News  February 4, 2008, by Matt Martinez
"...Per our continuing coverage of the UT history department’s welcome-back-to-Garrison extravaganza, last Friday we saw professor David Oshinsky and archivist Steve Mielke (who the Chron spoke to here) give the public a look into the resources available at the Harry Ransom Center. “The Ransom Center represents the most important scholarly endeavor on the UT campus,” said Oshinsky..."

Ransom Center Lands Ondaatje Archive
Author of The English Patient sends papers to UT
DAILY Arts  September 26, 2017, by Robert Faires
"...The Harry Ransom Center has scored another literary coup: the archive of Booker Prize winner Michael Ondaatje, author of The English Patient, as well as five other award-winning novels and a host of poetry collections...."

Game On: Sports Films Hit the Ransom Center
Series pairs with 'Literature in Sport' exhibit
DAILY Screens  June 17, 2013, by Russ Espinoza
"...The Harry Ransom Center is batting a thousand with its upcoming film series...."

The Road to Ransom Center
HRC acquires T.C. Boyle's papers
DAILY Books  March 7, 2012, by Kimberley Jones
"...The Harry Ransom Center announced today that it had acquired the archives of Tom Coraghessan “T.C.” Boyle, the celebrated author of such works as The Road to Wellville, World's End, and The Tortilla Curtain...."

Harry Ransom Heads to a Galaxy Far, Far Away
HRC brings former ILM head Thomas G. Smith to Austin
DAILY Screens  April 9, 2012, by Richard Whittaker
"...The Harry Ransom Center has made some major cinematic acquisitions, but now it heads to a galaxy far, far away with the archives of visual effects guru Thomas G. Smith, a key figure in creating the look of the Star Wars universe...."

The Ransom Center's "Vaudeville!"
This exhibition reveals how the history of that entertainment form is really the history of the U.S.
Arts Story  June 7, 2018, by Robert Faires
"...If all vaudeville is to you is the thing your great-great-grandparents did for fun while they waited for nickelodeons and Victrolas to be invented, then the exhibit "Vaudeville!," on view through July 15 at the University of Texas' Harry Ransom Center, is your chance to learn how this onstage variety show became a dominant form of entertainment in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and also how its development reflected the development of this country...."

"Shakespeare in Print and Performance" at the Ransom Center
This exhibition celebrates the Bard with rare artifacts from the Ransom Center's holdings
Arts Review  December 31, 2015, by Robert Faires
"...With the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare's death mere months away (April 23, 2016 – mark those calendars!), arts institutions worldwide are devoting even more attention to the dramatist now than usual. The University of Texas' Harry Ransom Center is among them, using the occasion to spotlight some of the lesser known – and certainly lesser seen – holdings from its rare book and theatre arts collections..."

Ransom Center
All 210,000 prints from the Magnum Photos archive are available for public study
Arts Story  June 25, 2010, by Robert Faires
"...Fans of photography started salivating in February when the University of Texas' Harry Ransom Center announced that it would be the new home to the archive of original prints from legendary cooperative Magnum Photos. Having this peerless collection of images – 210,000 prints, mostly silver gelatin, stretching from the 1930s to 2004 – in our own backyard was like winning the lottery, especially considering that the Ransom Center's five-year agreement with the collection's new owner – an affiliate of MSD Capital, the firm that manages the investments for Michael Dell and family – and Magnum allowed it to someday make the archive available for public viewing and study...."

"Ed Ruscha: Archaeology and Romance" at the Ransom Center
This evocative excavation into the artist's process of creating art and making books reveals the work of art is the completed book itself
Arts Review  October 18, 2018, by Melany Jean
"...In 2013, 50 years after his first solo show and the publication of the groundbreaking art book Twentysix Gasoline Stations, Ed Ruscha chose the Harry Ransom Center as the home for his personal archives, calling it "the home to end all homes" for its dedication to scholarship and public access. The extensive collection is a comfortable fit for Ruscha, as his work itself is archival in nature, a sort of documentation and collection...."

Ransom Center
UT acquires the archives of celebrated monologist Spalding Gray
Arts Story  November 19, 2010, by Robert Faires
"...But Spalding Gray was in motion in ways that were imperceptible to those of us watching the monologist work his magic in Swimming to Cambodia, Monster in a Box, and Gray's Anatomy. That's the insight gleaned from his archives, newly acquired by the University of Texas at Austin's Harry Ransom Center..."

"Elliott Erwitt: Home Around the World" at the Ransom Center
This survey shows how the photographer captured the culture of his time in ways both compelling and frightening
Arts Review  September 29, 2016, by Sam Anderson-Ramos
"...In the same vein, I can't help but wonder what American audiences are being convinced of now, with an even more sophisticated media. As a study in narrative, popular culture, and American propaganda, the Ransom Center's "Elliott Erwitt: Home Around the World" is a crucial experience..."

In Perfect Alignment: The Ransom Center Beat Holdings
Books Story  August 3, 2001, by Shawn Badgley
"...What may be surprising is that they're here in Austin instead of San Francisco or New York or Lowell, Mass. Currently on display at the LBJ Library and Museum as part of the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center's "From Gutenberg to Gone With the Wind: Treasures From the Ransom Center" exhibition, Kerouac's OtR journal is another of his that speaks of dreams..."

Open House at the Austin Book Arts Center
The city’s epicenter of old-school book tech invites you to visit!
DAILY Arts  September 10, 2015, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...You should be warned, citizen, that the Austin Book Arts Center is a hotbed of disruptive technology...."

Another Shadow-Day Knight
The Harry Ransom Center uncasks the curious life and works of Edgar Allan Poe
Books Story  September 11, 2009, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...He was also an alcoholic and frequently unemployed loser who stumbled from dive bar to dive bar and went through women the way Ebola goes through a human body. It's fitting that this Austin exhibition of documents and objects, a collaborative presentation from the University of Texas' Harry Ransom Center and the University of Virginia, is centered on a man whose personal life resembled that of any number of local musicians over the years..."

Why Archive?
The Harry Ransom Center explores its own raison d'être in a new exhibit
Books Story  September 5, 2008, by Katherine Catmull
"...It's brilliantly meta: The Harry Ransom Center, one of the world's great cultural archives, has created an exhibition about ... archives...."

The Whole Universe Rocks
The Harry Ransom Center's exhibition "Make It New" explores how modernism changed everything.
Arts Story  December 12, 2003, by Katherine Catmull
"...The Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center's fascinating exhibition "Make It New: The Rise of Modernism" borrows its titular injunction from Ezra Pound. For if nothing else, modernism means a break with the old, with the past, scorning your father's Matthew Arnold..."

History in the Making
A new exhibit at the Harry Ransom Center proves that no job is too small when it comes to 'Making Movies'
Screens Story  February 5, 2010, by Kimberley Jones
"...Of course, Kazan left this mortal coil some time ago, but De Niro's collection of movie-related materials still swells and has a permanent home at the University of Texas' Harry Ransom Center. Acquired in 2006 and ranging from early head shots to more than 3,000 individual costume items, props, and a full body cast used in the 1994 production of Frankenstein, the De Niro holdings feature prominently in a new exhibit called "Making Movies," which explores the collaborative process that goes into the craft and creation of cinema...."

The Beat Goes On
Harry Ransom Center hosts the Kerouac scroll
Books Story  March 14, 2008, by Katherine Catmull
"...As curators in the Ransom Center Galleries unrolled the yellowing 120-foot manuscript, cameras popped and flashed. "It's like a movie star," murmured an amused security guard..."

The Last Word
The Harry Ransom Center opens Norman Mailer's archives
Books Story  December 28, 2007, by Kimberley Jones
"...3, Norman Mailer will be open for business. He left the mortal coil earlier this year, but in his stead, he left a voluminous archive that the Harry Ransom Center acquired in 2005 for $2.5 million (a portion of which Mailer regifted to the University of Texas for promotions and last year's symposium, which he attended)..."

A Perfect Day for Talking About Bananafish
Austin's hip lit gathers to pay tribute to J.D. Salinger
DAILY Books  February 16, 2010, by Kimberley Jones
"...It should come as no surprise that included in the Harry Ransom Center's holdings is some of J.D. Salinger's unpublished correspondence..."

The Industry of Light and Magic
Fx guru and key 'Star Wars' figure Tom Smith to HRC
DAILY Screens  April 15, 2012, by Richard Whittaker
"...With the acquisition of former Industrial Light and Magic boss Tom Smith's personal archive, the Harry Ransom Center pulled a major coup: But by inviting Smith to speak on April 19 at UT, they are bringing an innovator who worked with the architects of a generation of films – George Lucas, Steven Spielberg and Jim Henson...."

Let There Be Light
After a $14 million facelift, UT's Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center is letting the light in, literally, through new windows across the front of the structure, and philosophically, through a new mission to give the public more opportunities to see and enjoy its astonishing accumulation of cultural treasures.
Arts Story  May 16, 2003, by Robert Faires
"...The new front corners of the Ransom Center exterior are impressive enough for what they are. Rising 30 feet high, like giant bookends, are panels covered with images from literature, theatre, photography, and film: a life-size Alice, straight from the pages of Lewis Carroll's book; a sequence of Eadweard Muybridge photographs depicting the second-by-second motion of a horse at full gallop; Pablo Picasso's eyes, staring with a mesmerist's intensity, as photographed by David Douglas Duncan; a shot of Elizabeth Taylor; a sleek car of the future imagined by designer Norman Bel Geddes; a Depression-era woman of constant sorrow, photographed by Walker Evans -- dozens of images, all representing cultural treasures that dwell inside this building, the vast archive that is the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center...."

Wide-Angle Lens
The Ransom Center captures photography's history with striking breadth and focus
Arts Story  October 1, 2010, by Robert Faires
"...And the legendary photographic cooperative Magnum Photos has never been headquartered here. But that hasn't stopped the city from developing into one of the major centers for the study of photography on the planet..."

Full Arthur Miller Archive Lands at UT
Ransom Center acquires complete papers by The Crucible author
DAILY Arts  January 12, 2018, by Robert Faires
"...More than a half-century after the first boxes containing papers by Arthur Miller arrived in Austin, the last boxes of the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright's papers will join them, and the full archive of this "profoundly American writer," as Tony Kushner called him, will reside at the University of Texas' Harry Ransom Center...."

"Look Inside: New Photography Acquisitions"
An image of New Orleans taken by Doug Rickard is emblematic of the quality in this exhibition at UT's Ransom Center
Arts Review  March 24, 2016, by Sam Anderson-Ramos
"...Among the most menacing, disturbing, and beautiful photographs I have ever seen is one currently on display at the Harry Ransom Center as part of its "Look Inside: New Photography Acquisitions" exhibition. In this image from Doug Rickard's series, A New American Picture, four young black men walk down a dilapidated New Orleans street, bare save for some distant cars..."

Mad Men Archive Lands at HRC
Matthew Weiner show archive parks its fedora at Harry Ransom Center
DAILY Screens  January 12, 2017, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Grab your fedoras. With the announcement of the donation of the complete Mad Men archive to the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas, the acclaimed TV drama about the professional and personal lives of advertising men and women of the Sixties, has landed a permanent home in Austin...."

The Archive of the Patriarch
Ransom Center acquires Gabriel García Márquez papers
DAILY Books  November 25, 2014, by Robert Faires
"...In one fell swoop, the Harry Ransom Center has given a major boost to its holdings by Latin American authors, Nobel laureates, and the most influential literary figures of the 20th century. The UT-Austin humanities research library and museum has managed all that by acquiring just one archive, that of Gabriel García Márquez...."

Theatres of War
World War I film series complements Ransom Center exhibit
Screens Story  May 29, 2014, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...That's a whole lot of stories to be told. The Ransom Center commemorates this somber anniversary with its current exhibition, The World at War: 1914-1918, which draws on the Center's varied and abundant collections of rare books, manuscripts, photography, film, art, and design..."

A Poet's Paper Trail
Billy Collins' archives acquired in advance of Austin appearance
DAILY Books  January 21, 2014, by Amy Smith
"...Billy Collins is one of a few American poets who can easily fill a few hundred seats for a reading of his work. He’ll do just that when he appears at the Paramount Theatre on Thursday, fresh off the heels of this week's major announcement that the University of Texas' Harry Ransom Center has acquired the popular poet’s archive...."

Pulling Back the Curtain
Ransom Center acquires T.C. Boyle's archives
Books Story  March 9, 2012, by Kimberley Jones
"...Archives, at least, can cover some of the distance between a writer's elastic imagination and what is made concrete in print. The Harry Ransom Center's latest acquisition, T.C..."

The Hidden Room Theatre Is Working With a Presidential Assassin
Aside from that, Mrs. Lincoln, we reckon you’ll really enjoy the show
DAILY Arts  June 12, 2018, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...Austin’s Hidden Room theatre company is officially in cahoots with John Wilkes Booth, the actor who shot and killed President Abraham Lincoln back in 1865. They’re engaged in a sort of transtemporal collaboration, of course, and the Ransom Center’s Eric Colleary is partly to blame...."

HRC Director Tom Staley to Retire in 2011
Stepping down after 22 years turning center into a world-class institution
DAILY Books  April 26, 2010, by Kimberley Jones
"...Big news from the Harry Ransom Center: Long-time director and major player in the archive scene Thomas Staley plans to step down in August of 2011...."

"The Making of Gone With the Wind"
The Ransom Center's epic retelling of how this epic motion picture came to be
Screens Story  September 4, 2014, by Robert Faires
"...As the repository of Selznick's archives, the Harry Ransom Center has what must be the greatest treasure trove of GWTW memorabilia anywhere: memos and letters about every phase of the production, storyboards and concept art, screen tests, script drafts, call sheets, on-set photos, even those beloved gowns worn by Vivien Leigh. So when the film reaches a milestone like its 75th anniversary, you can bet that the Ransom will haul its collection out of storage and share it with the world..."

Photos as Objects of Art and History
Magnum Photos collection gets read in new book
DAILY Arts  November 26, 2013, by Rod Machen
"...The Magnum Photos collection that now resides at the Harry Ransom Center is a beast. The new book Reading Magnum is an attempt to tame it..."

Peter O'Toole Archives Land at HRC
Peter O'Toole archives acquired by UT's Harry Ransom Center
DAILY Screens  April 22, 2017, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...The Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas has added to its celebrated holdings with the recently announced acquisition of the archives of screen and stage legend Peter O’Toole. The actor, who died in 2013, became an international star with his breakthrough screen role as T.E..."

Pretty for Posterity
The HRC seeks donations to restore Gone With the Wind costumes
DAILY Screens  August 10, 2010, by Kimberley Jones
"...We've already told you all about the Harry Ransom Center's impressive holdings. But nothing – and especially not a 75-year-old burgundy ball gown with feather fringe – is immune to mothballs, which is why the HRC is asking for your help...."

The Remains of the Papers
Ransom Center adds Kazuo Ishiguro archive to its holdings
DAILY Arts  August 25, 2015, by Robert Faires
"...The Harry Ransom Center's already substantial holdings of British authors just took another leap forward with the acquisition of the archive of Booker Prize-winning novelist Kazuo Ishiguro...."

J.M. Coetzee Comes Back to TX
Harry Ransom Center acquires Nobel Prize winner's archives
DAILY Books  October 10, 2011, by Kimberley Jones
"...The Harry Ransom Center announced today its acquisition of the archive of South African novelist and Nobel Prize winner J.M. Coetzee..."

Squaring the Triangle
HRC pop-up exhibit recaps photojournalistic tour of Texas
DAILY Arts  December 12, 2013, by Rod Machen
"...Magnum photographer Alec Soth and writer Brad Zellar have finished their tour of Texas, and on Saturday they partied. The Harry Ransom Center hosted a pop-up show of the pair’s Texas Triangle project, a two-week photographic and journalistic exploration of the Lone Star State bounded by Dallas, Houston, and San Antonio...."

Don DeLillo Is Coming to Austin
Esteemed author reads at UT's Homer Rainey Hall
DAILY Books  July 24, 2013, by Monica Riese
"...The Harry Ransom Center welcomes a special guest to campus this week: acclaimed author Don DeLillo...."

Hidden Room Theatre's Houdini Speaks to the Living
In Houdini Speaks to the Living, Hidden Room Theatre resurrects two dead celebrities for a spirited battle
Arts Story  October 20, 2016, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...But how wonderful that the two of them can speak to us from beyond the grave, now, can present the scientifically rigorous and emotion-fraught arguments that ravaged their association – through the magic of modern stagecraft, as created by Beth Burns and Patrick Terry and Robert Matney and the crafty crew of Hidden Room Theatre. And the speaking that's done, with Terry embodying Houdini and Matney in the role of Doyle, is in those worthies' actual words: transcribed from materials in the deep archives of Austin's Harry Ransom Center...."

The One Thing That Even Houdini Couldn’t Escape
Cooking class reveals arcane secrets of chicken paprikash and more
DAILY Arts  October 13, 2016, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...Now you can learn how to make these dishes – and sample them yourself – in a Houdini-inspired cooking class presented by Central Market and the Harry Ransom Center this Sunday...."

The Radical Context
The Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center's Unseen Cinema: Early American Avant-Garde Film 1893-1941
Screens Story  February 13, 2004, by Rachel Proctor May
"...Sure, Hollywood was there, but the sheer newness of it all meant that its formulas and conventions weren't quite so chiseled in stone. It is this period that is the subject of Unseen Cinema: Early American Avant-Garde Film 1893-1941, a 10-part film series that the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center has brought to Austin..."

Hidden Room Theatre's Houdini Speaks to the Living
In this drama featuring Harry Houdini and Arthur Conan Doyle, a debate on the talking dead springs to dramatic life
Arts Review  October 27, 2016, by Robert Faires
"...Seventh Through Oct. 30 Harry Ransom Center, 21st & Guadalupe, UT campus Oct..."

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