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Recent Ransom Center Undergraduate Intern Projects

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Undergraduate intern Kelsey McKinney researched signatures on the Ransom Center's authors' door, ultimately creating a system to archive the more than 200 signatures. Photo by Pete Smith.


  • Selected materials and co-wrote labels for Inside El Salvador (2008), The Mystique of the Archive (2008), Making Movies (2010), Viva Mexico's Independence (2010), and Becoming Tennessee Williams (2011)
  • Developed content for exhibition keepsakes, press pages, and promotional videos
  • Developed educational materials for self-guided and docent-led gallery tours

Performing Arts

  • Created a preliminary description for the Edith Lutyens Bel Geddes papers
  • Prioritized Norman Bel Geddes sound recordings for digitization
  • Edited metadata for digitized costume designs in the B. J. Simmons records

Archives and Visual Materials Processing

  • Cataloged at least 17 manuscript collections
  • Conducted preliminary organizational work for several larger collections
  • Worked (or are currently working) with archivists on several large cataloging projects related to the B. J. Simmons, David Mamet, Morris Ernst, and Eric Walter White papers


  • Researched grant prospects including foundations, corporations, and governmental agencies
  • Assisted with grant applications
  • Arranged and participated in tours for major donor prospects and other guests
  • Wrote articles for the newsletter and other development publication


  • Provided research for exhibition proposals related to Picasso's Suite Vollard and Robert Motherwell's a la Pintura exhibition
  • Assisted art staff in inventorying, packing, and moving collection material from the Flawn Academic Center to the Harry Ransom Center
  • Researched Mexican caricaturist Jose Guadalupe Posada and translated the Spanish text found throughout this artist's historical broadsides
  • Researched artist Dante Gabriel Rossetti and artists in the collection selected for the Ransom Center's exhibition A Cabinet of Drawings; created a bibliography on those artists

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