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COLLECTION DEVELOPMENT


ENDOWMENTS TO SUPPORT COLLECTION DEVELOPMENT AND CURATORIAL EXCELLENCE ACROSS THE CENTER

Gift Publications Endowment
Established in 1963 as a depository for unrestricted or commemorative gifts and funds generated by book sales. It was re-designated as an endowment in 1992 to attract gifts intended for endowment and to provide income for collection development. Additional gifts may be made to this endowment.

Harry Ransom Centennial Fund for Curatorial Excellence
In appreciation of the enormous contributions made by Harry Ransom to higher education, American libraries, and to the establishment of a humanities center in Texas, friends, colleagues, and students of Ransom established a special fund as a fitting memorial on the anniversary of Ransom's 100th birthday. The Harry Ransom Centennial Fund for Curatorial Excellence supports preeminence in three critical areas: acquisitions across the collections, curatorial excellence, and collaboration with curators from other institutions. Additional gifts may be made to this endowment.


ENDOWMENTS TO SUPPORT SPECIFIC COLLECTIONS


FILM COLLECTIONS AND ACTIVITIES ENDOWMENTS

Filmscript Acquisitions Endowment
Established in 1994 to acquire manuscripts and other archival materials of film writers of special interest.

Robert De Niro Endowed Fund
Established in 2006 to fund one or more research fellowships or travel stipends to support scholarly research projects relating, in whole or in part, to the Robert De Niro collection.

Warren Skaaren Film Research Endowment
Established in 1996 to provide program support for research and a lecturer related to films and motion pictures.


LITERARY COLLECTIONS AND ACTIVITIES ENDOWMENTS

Bromberg Memorial Fund
Established in 1957 and dedicated to the Ransom Center in 1971. Income is to be spent for acquisitions to enhance the collections of post-1950 writers.

L. Sprague de Camp & Catherine Crook de Camp Endowment for the Study of Science Fiction & Fantasy
Established in 1990 for the purpose of organizing, preserving, accessing, and developing the de Camp literary archive housed at the Ransom Center.

Erle Stanley Gardner Endowment for Mystery Studies
Established in 1997 to support exhibitions, lectures, fellowships, and collections, and to ensure support and recognition of the Gardner collection and Gardner's contribution to the mystery genre.

Albert and Ethel Herzstein Foundation of Houston, Jewish Literature and Culture Fund
Established in 1997 for program support, acquisition, cataloging, preservation, and public exhibition of collections of or relating to Jewish literature and culture.

Lynda B. Johnson Robb Endowment
To be used for the acquisition of children's books, manuscripts, materials, and activities related to children's literature.

Norman Mailer Endowed Fund
Established in 2006 for use by the Director to support the cataloging, conservation, and scholarly use of the Norman Mailer archive. The endowment can be used without limitation to fund symposia, lectures, visiting fellowships, or similar events related to Norman Mailer's writings, times, and the archive.

David Nathan Meyerson Endowment for Collecting Modern Literature
Established in 1999 to support the acquisition of important papers and books by both established and younger authors for the Center's literary collections. Additional gifts can be made to this endowment.

The Carl H. Pforzheimer Endowment
Established in 1986 for maintenance, preservation, and enhanced availability of the Pforzheimer Collection and to establish the annual Pforzheimer Lecture Series.

Carl and Lily Pforzheimer Foundation Curatorial Endowment
Established in 1996 to support a senior curatorial position and activities associated with the care, development, and interpretation of the Pforzheimer collection.

Ransom Collection Development Endowment for Modern Literature
Established in 1992 to assist in the long-term goal of enrichment of the Ransom Center's twentieth-century literary collections. Additional gifts can be made to this endowment.

Harry Ransom Memorial Rare Book Fund
For the acquisition of rare books and manuscripts. Additional gifts can be made to this endowment.

Ralph and Mary John Spence Endowment for Literature
Established in 2002 to support the acquisition, maintenance, preservation, exhibition, and program development of literary collections within the Center.

Fred W. Todd Southern Literature Endowment Fund
Established in 2012 funds distributed from the endowment shall be used to provide support for fellowships, acquisitions, lectures, symposia, and other related items in the field of Southern literature.

Woodward and Bernstein Endowment
Established in 2003 to provide support for the preservation, access, and cataloging of the Watergate collection and for public lectures, symposia, and educational programs to enrich the understanding of American political history.


PHOTOGRAPHY COLLECTION AND ACTIVITIES ENDOWMENTS

David Douglas Duncan Endowment for Photojournalism
Established in 1998 to support exhibitions, public events, research, acquisitions, and related activities to enhance the study of photojournalism at the University.

Friends of Photography Acquisitions Endowment
Established in 2004 for the acquisition of modern prints and photographs to enhance the Ransom Center's collection of photographs. Additional gifts can be made to this endowment.

Marlene Nathan Meyerson Photography Fellowship Endowment
Established in 1999 to support advanced research in the Center's photography collections.

Charles and Elizabeth Prothro Endowment in Photography
Established in 1993 to provide support for the photography collections at the Ransom Center. Although its emphasis remains on Texas and the Southwest, funds from the endowment can be used to support the overall interest and needs of the photography department.

Bill and Alice Wright Endowment for Photography
Established in 1993 to provide support for symposia, lectures, and public programs in photography, and for various publications for the photography collection.



ENDOWMENTS SUPPORTING CURATORS AND LIBRARIANS


C. L. and Henriette F. Cline Senior Curator in English Literature Endowment
Established in 1998 to support a senior curatorial position under the administration of the Director.

Nancy Inman and Marlene Nathan Meyerson Curator of Photography Endowment
Established in 2008 to support a senior curator and activities associated with the care, development, and interpretation of the photographic collections of the Ransom Center.

Hobby Family Foundation Endowment
Established in 1996 for program support of an endowed position of senior librarian.

Lundell Endowment for the Lundell Library
Established in 1998 to augment the salary of the Lundell librarian, to conserve the Lundell library, to assist in housing the collection as a unit, to make acquisitions, to assist in scholarly studies of the collection, and to preserve, maintain, and permanently house the Lundell papers as an integral part of the Lundell library.



EXHIBITIONS, PROGRAMS, AND FELLOWSHIPS ENDOWMENTS


Ben Bradlee Fellowship in Journalism
Established in 2013, funds distributed from the endowment shall be used to support scholarly research in journalism and related collections at the Harry Ransom Center.

Stanley Burnshaw Lecture Endowment
Established in 1995 to support a lecture series at the Ransom Center entitled The Stanley Burnshaw Lecture Series, which is held every other year.

Frank W. Calhoun Exhibitions Endowment
Established in 2014 to enhance and support the Center’s exhibition program.

Amon G. Carter Lectureship
Established in 1965 to support the Amon G. Carter Lectureship and enable the University to invite eminent people to the campus to speak, including outstanding bibliographers, architects, artists, and philosophers, with due consideration to the fine arts.

Henriette F. and Clarence L. Cline Memorial Endowment Fund
Established in 1984 to support academic activities such as lectures, conferences, and visiting scholars in 19th- and early 20th-century English literature.

Fleur Cowles Endowment Fund
Established in 1992 to support Fleur Cowles fellowships for research, Fleur Cowles interns, an international biennial conference named the Flair Symposium, maintenance of the Fleur Cowles Room for teaching and research in the academic disciplines of the Ransom Center, and lectures by experts in relevant fields of study.

Donald G. Davis, Jr. Endowed Lectures
Established in 2010 to support a lecture series entitled the Donald G. Davis, Jr. Endowed Lectures that will host lectures by scholars of the history of collections of knowledge that form the cultural record—libraries and librarianship, archival and records enterprise, documentary preservation and conservation, museum administration, and information studies. Additional gifts may be made to this endowment.

Dorot Foundation Postdoctoral Research Fellowships in Jewish Studies
Established in 1998 to support postdoctoral research in Jewish studies.

Exhibitions and Conferences Endowment
Established in 1992 for long-term support of Ransom Center exhibitions and conferences.

Knopf Fellowship Program
Established in 1992 to support costs associated with the Knopf exhibition and catalog in 1995 and for an ongoing fellowship beginning in 1993.

Thos. H. Law and Jo Ann Law Undergraduate Internship Endowment
Established in 2014. Funds from the endowment shall be used to provide University students with an understanding of how a special collections library and museum function. Interns will have the opportunity to undertake major projects of their own design—creating small exhibitions, learning conservation techniques, writing blog posts, and planning events to engage their fellow students.

The Limited Editions Club Endowment
Established in 1992 to support research initiatives, including fellowships, visiting lectures, and partial support of conferences.

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Research Fellowship Endowment
Established in 2006 to support fellowship awards to scholars doing research at the Ransom Center and provide administrative support and promotion of the fellowship program.

Arnold Newman Fellowship in Photography
Established in 2013 to support scholarly research in the photography collections at the Harry Ransom Center, including research on the career and works of Arnold Newman.

Cora Maud Oneal Room Endowment Fund
Established in June 1985 for activities relating to the Cora Maud Oneal Room and to give the room more exposure to the general public.

Harry Ransom Distinguished Fellowship
Established in 1994 to support visiting fellows who pursue advanced research at the Ransom Center for periods ranging from one week to three months.

Ransom Center Endowment for Education and Public Programs
Used to enhance public programs, education, and outreach initiatives of the Ransom Center by supporting a consultant to develop activities, design of interpretive programs, design and fabrication of the Center's exhibitions, and other programs and operations to provide educational outreach to the UT community and the public. Additional gifts can be made to this endowment.

Ransom Center Imprint Series Endowment
Established in 2003 to publish rare materials from the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center via the University of Texas Press. Additional gifts can be made to this endowment.

The Thomas G. Smith Endowed Fund
Established in 2012 to be used for conservation support for the Thomas G. Smith archive, research fellowships and travel grants to bring scholars to the Ransom Center to study film and special effects, programs and exhibitions related to film, and for film screenings.

C. P. Snow Memorial Fund
Established in 1981 to pay travel expenses for scholars doing research at the Ransom Center.

Frederic D. Weinstein Memorial Fellowship
Established in 2008, The Frederic D. Weinstein Memorial Fellowship supports research in twentieth-century American literature.



CONSERVATION AND PRESERVATION ENDOWMENTS


Elizabeth Olds Fund
Established in 1986 for support within the paper and art conservation program of the Ransom Center.



DIRECTOR'S FUND ENDOWMENTS


Creekmore and Adele Hay Fath Excellence Fund in Humanities Resources
Established in 2000 for strategic initiatives identified by the Director. Such programs shall include acquisitions, conferences, exhibitions, publications, research, preservation, and other priority areas related to the ongoing functioning of the Ransom Center.

Henrietta and Jens Jacobsen Endowment for the Humanities
Established in 2014 to be used to advance the study of the arts and humanities at the Harry Ransom Center at the discretion of the director.

Harry Huntt Ransom General Endowment Fund
Established in 1996 for general support of operations and collection development within the Ransom Center.

Milton T. Smith Memorial Director's Excellence Fund Endowment
Established in 2010 to be used to advance the study of the arts and humanities at the Harry Ransom Center at the discretion of the director.

The Thomas F. Staley Endowment for Excellence in the Humanities
Established in 2010 to support the acquisitions of the archives of major writers/artists; residencies where the writers/artists give a lecture, meet with students, and are designated the Thomas F. Staley writer/artist in residence; a Thomas F. Staley lecture and reception, including publication and distribution of the lecture; and other initiatives of the Director to enhance the mission of the Ransom Center, including the acquisition of important cultural archives and fostering their accessibility to scholars and the public.

Clara Pope Willoughby Centennial Fund for Humanities Research Center Development
Established in 1982 for support and maintenance of the Ransom Center at the discretion of the Director.


STAFF EXCELLENCE ENDOWMENTS


Mary Beth Bigger Staff Excellence Endowment
Established in 2012, funds distributed from the endowment shall be used to encourage staff excellence by enabling staff to participate in professional conferences, meetings, and other professional development opportunities.

 

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For more information on giving to an existing endowment or establishing a new named endowment, please contact Margie Rine at 512-471-9643 or margierine@austin.utexas.edu.