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2010


The Wall Street Journal

"Stalking a Masterpiece"
November 26, 2010

The Ransom Center is mentioned in this article from The Wall Street Journal about an original edition of John James Audubon's Birds of America, anticipated to be one of the most expensive books ever auctioned. The article features the Ransom Center's Gutenberg Bible: "If a Gutenberg Bible were to come up for sale today, it would likely demolish all previous records for sales of rare books. The first significant book printed with moveable type, completed by roughly 1455 in Mainz, Germany, it has been sold on rare occasions before. In 1978, for instance, the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas at Austin purchased a Gutenberg Bible at a private sale for $2.4 million."


Newsweek

"From the Mixed-Up Files of David Foster Wallace"
November 19, 2010

Newsweek covers the Ransom Center's David Foster Wallace collection, which contains over 20,000 of Wallace's papers and books, after it was opened for research in September 2010: "To the casual fan as well as the devotee, then, this archive offers a chance to take a sort of disembodied, intro-to-literature class from Wallace. For a man who regarded the written word as synonymous with nourishment, this is no small promise of intimacy." The article highlights a short story Wallace wrote when he was nine years old, teaching materials from classes he taught at Pomona College, drafts of Infinite Jest, and research notes for The Pale King, his unfinished novel set for publication next spring. The article links to a slideshow featuring items from the collection.


Austin American-Statesman

"Ransom Center rolls out historic photo exhibit"
November 13, 2010

The Austin American-Statesman highlights the Ransom Center's exhibition, Discovering the Language of Photography: The Gernsheim Collection, and talks about how the collection reveals the fascinating story behind the Gernsheims and their interest in collecting photography.


The New York Times

"Spalding Gray Archives Acquired by University of Texas"
November 8, 2010

New York Times reporter Dave Itzkoff writes about the Ransom Center's acquisition of Spalding Gray's archives. Itzkoff quotes Helen Adair, Associate Curator of performing arts at the Ransom Center, about Gray's editing process using taped recordings of his performances.


NPR

"Cataloging Digital Documents"
October 29, 2010

All Things Considered host Michele Norris interviews Richard Oram, Associate Director at the Ransom Center, about how archivists deal with the shift towards digitized documents as opposed to handwritten documents.


The Austin Chronicle

"Wide-Angle Lens: The Ransom Center captures photography's history with striking breadth and focus"
October 1, 2010

The Austin Chronicle highlights the Ransom Center's exhibition, Discovering the Language of Photography: The Gernsheim Collection, discussing the Ransom Center's dedication to photography.


NPR

"The First Photograph On Display"
September 13, 2010

NPR's The Picture Show highlights the Ransom Center's exhibition, Discovering the language of Photography: The Gernsheim Collection, which includes the First Photograph by Joseph Nicephore Niepce's View from the Window at Le Gras.


Reuters

"'Gone With the Wind' fans give gowns another day"
September 1, 2010

Reuters reports about the immediate response to the Ransom Center's appeal to raise $30,000 in order to restore Scarlett O'Hara's iconic dresses from Gone With the Wind held within the Ransom Center's David O. Selznick collection. The piece notes that with help from 600 people from 44 U.S. states and 13 countries, the Ransom Center met their goal in just three weeks showing that people "obviously do give a damn."


NPR

"Who Gives A Damn About Scarlett O'Hara's Dresses?"
August 14, 2010

Steve Wilson, Ransom Center Curator of Film, talks about the effort to raise $30,000 in order to preserve five costumes from Gone With The Wind, including Scarlett O' Hara's famous emerald curtain dress. The iconic costumes were all worn by actress Vivien Leigh. Wilson says, "there are just as many people who do give a damn about these costumes."


Austin American-Statesman

"Ransom Center's Making Movies takes visitors behind the camera"
May 7, 2010

The Austin American-Statesman highlights the Making Movies exhibition at the Ransom Center, saying, "If there is one sacred cow that's going to be tipped as you go through the Ransom Center's Making Movies exhibit, it's the auteur theory, the notion that the director is the "author" of a movie."


Austin American-Statesman

"A treasure hunter without equal"
April 27, 2010

The Austin American-Statesman editorial board writes about Ransom Center Director Thomas F. Staley's retirement, saying, "The city, the university and all of Texas owe Staley a debt of gratitude for his dedication and his zeal in putting the Ransom Center in the front ranks of renowned research facilities."


Austin American-Statesman

"UT Ransom Center's Staley says he will retire next year: Director's acquisitions helped build top-tier research archive"
April 26, 2010

Joe Gross writes about Ransom Center Director Thomas F. Staley's plans to retire in August 2011 and highlights major acquisitions that Staley spearheaded during his tenure at the Center


The Wall Street Journal

"A Magnum Opus for Ransom"
March 25, 2010

Wall Street Journal reporter Anne S. Lewis profiles Ransom Center Director Tom Staley and highlights the arrival of the Magnum photography archive at the Center.


The New York Times

"It Ain't Pretty No More: See Paul Schrader's Outline for Raging Bull"
March 15, 2010

Arts Beat blogger Dave Itzkoff writes about screenwriter Paul Schrader donating his archive to the Ransom Center. Itzkoff interviews Schrader about his outlining process and explores the outline for the film Raging Bull (1980).


The New York Times

"David Foster Wallace Papers Are Bought"
March 8, 2010

New York Times reporter Patricia Cohen covers the Ransom Center's acquisition of David Foster Wallace's papers, including handwritten notes for Infinite Jest.


NPR

"Iconic Magnum Photos Find A New Home"
February 16, 2010

NPR's All Things Considered reported on the Ransom Center's housing of the Magnum Photos collection: "perhaps the most monumental acquisition in photo history." According to the report, "Magnum's photography is often described in one word, iconic: that National Geographic cover of the Afghan girl with bright green eyes; James Dean walking through a rainy Times Square, hands thrust in his pockets; Martin Luther King sweating as he delivers his 'I Have a Dream' speech; D-Day landings, Marilyn Monroe, the Civil Rights Movement; photos by Cartier-Bresson, Eve Arnold, Elliott Erwitt."


The Austin Chronicle

"History in the Making"
February 5, 2010

The Austin Chronicle previews the Ransom Center's Making Movies exhibition: "This is kid-in-a-candy-store stuff for any serious movie buff, where every corner turned begs a fresh exclamation: the giant scissors from Spellbound's Dalí dream sequence! Ernest Lehman's brochure from Mount Rushmore, with stage directions for North by Northwest's precipice-scaling scribbled in blue ink!"


The New York Times

"News Photos, on the Move, Make News"
February 1, 2010

The New York Times covers the Ransom Center's housing of the Magnum Photos cooperative's collection: "It is one of the most important photography archives of the 20th century, consisting of more than 180,000 images known as press prints, the kind of prints once made by the collective to circulate to magazines and newspapers." The article quotes Ransom Center Director Thomas F. Staley as saying, "It catches so many of the world's great photojournalists in one fell swoop. These were the best of the best in their field. We want to make it a research collection. We want to bring scholars in to work in it, time and time again."


Associated Press

"UT Ransom Center acquires Jackie O letters"
January 22, 2010

The Associated Press covers the Ransom Center's acquisition of letters written by Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis to book publisher Ray Roberts. The report quotes one letter from Jackie O from Oct. 30, 1982: "You are so adorably generous and I am so grateful. The glories of my library are all presents from you."


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