HRC 50. Founded in 1957, the Harry Ransom Center at The University of Texas at Austin has evolved into a world renowned cultural institution. Throughout 2007, the Ransom Center commemorates its 50th anniversary with programs and exhibitions dedicated to Celebrating the Imagination.

Click to view 1957 through 1961

1957
Samuel Beckett collection of correspondence
Denton Welch art collection
Frank Harris collection
Harry Ransom is named director
Image: Harry Ransom signing a book.

1958
T. E. Hanley library, containing modern literary manuscripts by Samuel Beckett, James Joyce, D. H. Lawrence, George Bernard Shaw, and Dylan Thomas
Edward Alexander Parsons library of classics, fine printing and binding, bibles, and European literature and history
Norman Bel Geddes collection
Ernest Hemingway collection
Ellery Queen collection of detective fiction
Image: Aerodynamic Motor Cars #114. Model of Car No. 9 (with tail fin) (nd), Norman Bel Geddes.

1959
Virginia Woolf collection
Oscar Wilde collection
Image: (Detail) Page from Importance of Being Ernest manuscript with Oscar Wilde's revisions. Oscar Wilde collection.

1960
Erle Stanley Gardner papers
David Wendell Guion collection
Image: Erle Stanley Gardner Plot Wheel, n.d.

1961
Joseph and Elizabeth Pennell papers
Warren Roberts becomes director
Emergence of the Tower Series of publications
Image: Tower Series book cover.

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