The Anatomy of an Archive:
The Harry Ransom Center, a humanities research library and museum at The University of Texas at Austin, advances the study of the arts and humanities by acquiring, preserving, and making accessible original cultural materials. With extensive collections of rare books, manuscripts, photography, film, art, and the performing arts, the Center supports research through symposia and fellowships and provides education and enrichment for scholars, students, and the public through exhibitions and programs.
The archive of British playwright Tom Stoppard was acquired by the Ransom Center in 1991, and Stoppard has made several subsequent additions to the collection. It includes typescripts of his many plays, handwritten manuscripts, page proofs, galley proofs, theater programs, photographs and negatives, advertising material, clippings of articles and reviews, correspondence, production files, and fan mail, among other items. Nearly all of Stoppard's major plays, screenplays, teleplays, and radio plays are represented in some form, along with many of his lesser-known works and some that were never produced.
The pictured items offer an example of the variety of materials in a writer's archive. Each of these items relates to Stoppard's play Arcadia, which opened to acclaim at the National Theatre in London on April 13, 1993.
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