From the magnificent Pforzheimer collection of English literature to the page proofs of Joyce's Ulysses, from the First Photograph to the plays of Tom Stoppard and Arthur Miller, the Ransom Center's collections are dazzling in their range and stunning in their originality.
The Ransom Center is indeed a fine institution, but I believe that the most exciting years are yet to come. We continue to expand and deepen our twentieth-century collections, acquiring the archives of major figures—such as Norman Mailer and David Mamet—who will likely form the foundation of culture in this new century. We have also reached a critical threshold in the expansion of our research mission. Our fellowship program has become one of the largest of its kind, supporting the research of approximately 50 scholars each year who join several thousand others at the Center to study among our collections. And we are reaching the broader public in greater numbers than ever before with our exhibitions and programs.
We look forward to welcoming future generations of scholars, students, and visitors to the Center as we rigorously and energetically build collections that will continue to make the Ransom Center a required stop on any cultural tour of the planet.
Thomas F. Staley
Thomas F. Staley is Director of the Harry Ransom Center at The University of Texas at Austin, where he is also Professor of English and holds The Harry Huntt Ransom Chair in Liberal Arts.
Staley has written or edited 15 books on James Joyce, Italo Svevo, modern British women novelists, including Jean Rhys and Dorothy Richardson, and modern literature in general. His critical articles on a wide range of subjects have appeared in journals in this country and abroad. He has been the chairman or co-chairman of four international James Joyce symposia in Dublin and Trieste, and is a board member and former president of the James Joyce Foundation. He was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Trieste in 1966 and again in 1971. Among his books are An Annotated Critical Bibliography of James Joyce (1989), Reflections on James Joyce: Stuart Gilbert's Paris Journal (1993), and Writing the Lives of Writers (1998).
Staley is the founding editor of the James Joyce Quarterly, which he edited for 26 years. In 1990, he initiated Joyce Studies Annual, published under the auspices of the Ransom Center at The University of Texas Press until 2004. He currently edits a series on literary modernism at The University of Texas Press.
He has written and spoken widely in the United States and Europe on literary subjects, libraries, the state of the humanities in contemporary culture, and the building of modern library collections.
Director Thomas F. Staley explains how original source materials stimulate and enhance the learning experience.