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.

1967
Evelyn Waugh library and papers
Paul and Jane Auer Bowles collection
Image: (Detail) Page from Evelyn Waugh's diary with an illustrated account of a fight with another student. At this time (1916) Evelyn was twelve years old and enrolled at Lancing School.

1968
Ranuzzi family archive of Italian manuscripts from the 15th to 18th centuries
James Agee/Walker Evans collection of Let Us Now Praise Famous Men
Voltaire book collection
Literary correspondence of William Butler Yeats
Albert Einstein collection
Image: Walker Evans. Allie Mae Burroughs, Hale County, Alabama, 1936. Gelatin silver print.
Image: (Detail) Illustration from a manuscript on firearms and fireworks titled Dell'Arte di fabricare I Fuochi artifiale. Ranuzzi manuscript collection.

1969
Carlton Lake collection of modern French literature
John Steinbeck collection
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's spiritualist library
Image: (Detail) Guillaume Apollinaire's "Lettre-Océan" in a proof copy of Calligrammes (Paris: nrf, 1930). The lines of Apollinaire's poem are configured as waves radiating outward, illustrating the impact of wireless technology.

1970
Alfred A. Knopf, Inc. archive
Peter Owen publishing archive
Ogden Nash archive
Henry Miller's notes for Tropic of Capricorn
Gertrude Stein and Alice Toklas's address books
Limited Editions Club and The Heritage Press collections
Image: (Detail) Rejection letter for Sylvia Plath's manuscript for The Bell Jar, dated about a month before she committed suicide. Alfred A. Knopf, Inc. archive.

1971
Opening of the Center's building
Image: Photograph of Center’s building. Photograph by Frank Yezer.

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