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2013


New York Times

"A Holiday Gift Guide to a Library of Books With Local Connections"
December 7, 2013

Christopher Kelly of the New York Times recommends Reading Magnum: "A Visual Archive of the Modern World," edited by Steven Hoelscher, alongside five other "Texas-flavored" books that he believes will "satisfy even the most idiosyncratic personality" as part of the Times' holiday gift guide.


The Times Literary Supplement

"Pirated Salinger Stories"
December 6, 2013

The Times Literary Supplement publishes Steve Enniss's letter to the editor, "Pirated Salinger Stories."


LENS

"Magnum: Social Concerns, Visual Pleasure"
December 3, 2013

LENS, the New York Times photography blog, features the Ransom Center's Magnum exhibition and "Reading Magnum: A Visual Archive of the Modern World." The piece quotes both Jessica McDonald and Steve Hoelscher.


The New York Times

"Salinger Stories 'Leaked' Online"
November 28, 2013

Randy Kennedy reports that three short stories by J. D. Salinger were leaked. The stories were allegedly copied from the original manuscripts held by the Princeton University Library and the Harry Ransom Center and posted online. The author notes that this appearance of his stories would "undoubtedly have enraged Salinger."


Buzzfeed

"This Victorian "Blood Book" Will Give You Nightmares"
November 15, 2013

Buzzfeed features pages of the Victorian Blood Book, which resides in Evelyn Waugh's library at the Ransom Center. The book, the author of which cannot be confirmed, is filled with bloodstained iconography and religious commentary.


The Austin Chronicle

"Ransom Acquires Ruscha: Influential artist who made art out of words sends archives to UT"
November 14, 2013

Robert Faires interviews artist Ed Ruscha and notes the Ransom Center's acquisition of the Ruscha archive.


Los Angeles Times

"Ed Ruscha archives acquired by Ransom Center in Texas"
November 13, 2013

The Los Angeles Times announces the Ransom Center's acquisition of Ed Ruscha's archives. Ed Ruscha is a current Los Angeles resident and artist whose work most closely resembles the pop-art movement. His archives include five personal journals with sketches, notes, photographs, correspondence and materials related to the making of his artist's book of Jack Kerouac's "On The Road." The article includes a statement from Ruscha about the Ransom Center.


American Photo

"2013 Photo Books of the Year: Reflection"
November 12, 2013

"Reading Magnum," edited by Steve Hoelscher, is listed first in American Photo's picks for the best photo books of 2013. The article features a photo from the book by Thomas Hoepker of a scene from September 11, 2001.


Library Journal

"Harry Ransom Center Launches Online Digital Image Collection"
November 11, 2013

The Library Journal notes the launch of the Ransom Center's digital archive, highlighting the extensive circus collection, which includes materials related to showmen such as P.T. Barnum, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey.


The Austin Chronicle

"HRC Launches Digital Archive: You're out of excuses for not having perused its holdings"
November 11, 2013

The Austin Chronicle highlights the launch of the Ransom Center's digital archive, which allows remote access to thousands of images from its collections, including manuscripts by the Brontë sisters, pieces from P.T. Barnum, scrapbooks by Harry Houdini and landscapes by Frank Reaugh.


The Associated Press

"Ransom Center acquires 21 Salinger letters:
November 2013

The Associated Press notes the Ransom Center's acquisition of 21 letters by J. D. Salinger, author of a number of short stories and well-known novel, "The Catcher in the Rye."


Photo District News

"Magnum's Momentum Over the Years"
October 2013

A group of renowned photographers established Magnum Photos in 1947 as a photo cooperative, and 210,000 of its press prints are currently archived in the Ransom Center. In its exhibit Radical Photography: Magnum Photos into the Digital Age, viewers can appreciate images of historic events from as far back as the 1930s.


Time LightBox

"The Guide: 2013 September Edition"
September 2, 2013

LightBox presents a monthly compilation highlighting photographs, books, and exhibitions. In this edition, a photograph from the Ransom Center's exhibition Radical Photography: Magnum Photos into the Digital Age is featured.


The New York Times

"Ransom Center Acquires McSweeney's Archive"
August 1, 2013

The Ransom Center has acquired the archives of McSweeney's publishing company, founded by Dave Eggers, author of A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius. McSweeney's produces the literary magazine McSweeney's, The Believer magazine, the food journal Lucky Peach, and the DVD-based magazine Wolphin.


Austin Monthly

"Ransom Notes"
August 2013

Austin Monthly speaks with incoming Ransom Center Director Stephen Enniss about his goals for his first year, his previous experience at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C., and what collection he is most excited to peruse. The article also highlights the major collections outgoing Director Thomas Staley acquired during his 25 years at the Ransom Center.


Austin-American Statesman

"Sport and the Artist: UT exhibit shows how tales of athletes bare the human soul"
July 21, 2013

Written by Ransom Center Associate Director for Acquisitions and Administration Megan Barnard, this article explores the rich literary history of sport. Barnard focuses on works featured in the Ransom Center's exhibition Literature and Sport, including Bernard Malamud's The Natural and John Updike's Rabbit, Run.


The Austin Chronicle

"Contemporary Photographic Practice and the Archive"
July 19, 2013

Matthew Irvin of The Austin Chronicle writes about the connections between the Ransom Center archive and the works of the Lakes Were Rivers photographic collective, highlighted in the exhibition Contemporary Photograph Practice and the Archive. The pairings—described by Irvin as "simultaneously revealing evolutions in photographic methodology and demonstrating the lasting discoveries of early photographic work"—include such works as Adam Schreiber's Terrain Vague, a direct response to Giovanni Domencio Cassini's Map of the Moon (1679).


Glasstire

"Lakes Were Rivers: Contemporary Photographic Practice and the Archive"
July 13, 2013

Lee Webster of Glasstire explores the Ransom Center's exhibition Contemporary Photograph Practice and the Archive, highlighting Barry Stone's "elegant and cogent history of images that capture scientific phenomena," and Jessica Mallios's examination of the many layers of representation in photography.


Austin-American Statesman

"Archives inform modern photographers' work in the Ransom Center exhibit"
July 13, 2013

Photographer Jason Reed made his connection with the Ransom Center archive in a moment of coincidence. Austin-American Statesman writer Jeanne Claire van Ryzin explores Reed's story, as well as those of other photographers featured in the Ransom Center's exhibition Contemporary Photographic Practice and the Archive.


The New York Times

"Game On"
June 14, 2013

Michael Hoinski presents the Ransom Center's exhibition Literature and Sport as an interesting thing to do in Texas this week. The article highlights items in the exhibition, including David Foster Wallace's list of interview questions for Roger Federer, which became "Federer as a Religious Experience," his 2006 essay in The New York Times.


National Public Radio

"The Art of Photographing Artists: Portraits By Arnold Newman"
March 28, 2013

NPR's photography blog The Picture Show touts the Ransom Center's exhibition, Arnold Newman: Masterclass, and highlights Ransom Center Senior Curator for Photography Roy Flukinger's corresponding book, Arnold Newman: At Work. The piece features a slideshow of the photographer's portraits.


Slate

"George Bernard Shaw's Polite but Firm Autoreply Postcard for Unsolicited Mail"
March 28, 2013

Slate highlights a piece of ephemera from the Ransom Center's George Bernard Shaw papers. In a readymade response postcard, Bernard Shaw provided fans and critics with matter-of-fact and prescribed replies to solicitations. The pre-typed response postcard explains that Shaw "cannot deal with individual grievances and requests." In this instance, the playwright annotates the typed lines with more gentle, handwritten utterances.


Austin American-Statesman

"Into the Mind of a Master Portrait Photographer: Arnold Newman at Ransom Center"
March 21, 2013

Austin American-Statesman writer Jeanne Claire van Ryzin reports on the Ransom Center's exhibition Arnold Newman: Masterclass. The article chronicles Newman's life and features highlights of the retrospective exhibition.


The Austin Chronicle

"Figure in the Frame"
March 15, 2013

Austin Chronicle reporter Katherine Catmull writes about the development of photographer Arnold Newman's career and the techniques he employed to compose lyrical and powerful portraits. The full-page spread includes images from the Ransom Center's exhibition Arnold Newman: Masterclass.


Slate

"A Teenaged Charlotte Brontë's Tiny Little Romance"
March 13, 2013

Slate highlights Charlotte Brontë's unpublished juvenilia book Something About Arthur, which Brontë wrote in 1833 at the age of 17. The miniature book, which resides at the Ransom Center, is 25 pages long and only 2.25 by 3.6 inches in dimension.


Slate

"Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Wants Nothing To Do With Your Proust Questionnaire"
February 21, 2013

Slate's The Vault shares Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's responses to a Victorian-era questionnaire. The questionnaire was a fashionable parlor game in the late nineteenth-century, and reveals a phlegmatic Doyle who answers the questions with little emotion. The questionnaire can be viewed in Doyle's papers at the Ransom Center.


Times Literary Supplement

February 15, 2013

TLS notes the Ransom Center's Robert De Niro archive. The piece quotes University of Texas at Austin Ph. D. candidate R. Colin Tait and includes an image of De Niro's make-up stills from the collection.


Slate

"Marlon Brando's Little Black Book"
February 6, 2013

Slate's The Vault shares how Marlon Brando's 1940s address book made its way to the Ransom Center. Inside the cover of the book, Brando pleas: "On bended knee I beg you to return this. I lost eight others already and if I lose this I'll just drop dead!" Unfortunately for Brando, the address book was picked up and kept by Robert Downing, the production manager of A Streetcar Named Desire, in which Brando was starring. Brando's misplaced address book resides at the Ransom Center in the Downing papers.


Architectural Digest

"People Person"
February 2013

Architectural Digest touts the Ransom Center's retrospective exhibition Arnold Newman: Masterclass. The piece highlights Newman's unconventional approach to photography as seen in portraits of Truman Capote, Pablo Picasso, and Salvador Dalí.


The Wall Street Journal

Famous Authors' Clutter, in the Right Hands, Is Very Bankable
January 3, 2013

The Wall Street Journal's Barry Newman reports on the archive acquisitions market. Newman takes a close look at some of the nation's top research libraries and highlights the Ransom Center's collections, including the archive of Norman Mailer and the Woodward and Bernstein Watergate papers. The piece shares an image of Woodward's notes about the Watergate break-in.


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