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"...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his 50 plays and 25 screenplays, from American Buffalo and Glengarry Glen Ross to The Untouchables and Wag the Dog to unpublished and abandoned works; 175 personal journals spanning the years 1966 to 2001, wherein Mamet recorded ideas, notes for works, and daily reflections; and extensive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..."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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...."
"...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...."
"...After a quarter of a century at the helm of the Harry Ransom Center, Thomas F. Staley is stepping down on Aug..."
"...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..."
"...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...."
"...The Harry Ransom Center is batting a thousand with its upcoming film series...."
"...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...."
"...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...."
"...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...."
"...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..."
"...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...."
"...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...."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...You should be warned, citizen, that the Austin Book Arts Center is a hotbed of disruptive technology...."
"...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..."
"...It's brilliantly meta: The Harry Ransom Center, one of the world's great cultural archives, has created an exhibition about ... archives...."
"...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..."
"...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...."
"...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..."
"...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)..."
"...It should come as no surprise that included in the Harry Ransom Center's holdings is some of J.D. Salinger's unpublished correspondence..."
"...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...."
"...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...."
"...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..."
"...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...."
"...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..."
"...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...."
"...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...."
"...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..."
"...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...."
"...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..."
"...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...."
"...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...."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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 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...."
"...The Harry Ransom Center announced today its acquisition of the archive of South African novelist and Nobel Prize winner J.M. Coetzee..."
"...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...."
"...The Harry Ransom Center welcomes a special guest to campus this week: acclaimed author Don DeLillo...."
"...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...."
"...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...."
"...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..."
"...Seventh Through Oct. 30 Harry Ransom Center, 21st & Guadalupe, UT campus Oct..."