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Producing Gone With The Wind

Producing Gone With The Wind

Gone With The Wind was an unparalleled film production at the time of its 1939 release. It was the longest American sound film of its time, one of the first major films shot in Technicolor, and the highest-grossing film for 27 years following its release.

This web exhibition explores the purchase of the rights to Margaret Mitchell's novel Gone With The Wind; the casting of the star actress, Vivien Leigh, as Scarlett O'Hara; and the research-intensive aesthetic work in the film related to costumes, hair, and makeup.

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Door

The Greenwich Village Bookshop Door:
A Portal to Bohemia, 1920-1925

In the early 1920s, noteworthy visitors to Frank Shay's bookshop at 4 Christopher Street began autographing the narrow door that opened onto the shop's office. Signed by 242 artists, writers, publishers, and other notable habitués of Greenwich Village, this unusual artifact is now housed at the Harry Ransom Center at The University of Texas at Austin. A literal portal to the past, the door reveals the rich mix of innovators—from anarchist poets to major commercial publishers—that defined this slice of Bohemia from 1920 to 1925.

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Costume design

Design by Percy Anderson, 1916

A Tonic to the Imagination:
Costume Designs for Stage and Screen by B. J. Simmons & Co., 1889-1959

Founded in 1857, Simmons & Co. dominated costume preparation in London for more than 100 years. For decades, staff at Simmons & Co. preserved tens of thousands of original costume designs and costumier's copies of the originals, along with business records and an extensive research library. This exhibition is organized into ten categories of costume design and showcases 228 selected images drawn from 60 film and theater productions. A Tonic to the Imagination was made possible by a generous grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, which provided funds for the preservation and cataloging of the collection.

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Mother with three sons in front of tent

Photo by Dorothy Babb

Sanora Babb, Stories from the American High Plains

The American novelist Sanora Babb (1907-2005) drew on the natural beauty of the American High Plains and the difficult conditions of her childhood there to give voice to a people who left little written record of their own lives and who receive scant representation in histories. The exhibition Sanora Babb, Stories from the American High Plains highlights Babb's accomplishments as a fiction writer and illustrates with historical photographs the plight of Depression-era Americans.

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Portrait of Samuel Beckett

©2006 Jerry Bauer, all rights
reserved. Used with permission.

Fathoms from Anywhere: A Samuel Beckett Centenary Exhibition

For some, Samuel Beckett (1906-1989) is one of the great comic writers of all time. For others, his is a tragic world. And for still others, he is a religious writer, his works a witness to the indomitable spirit of the Godhead-in-man. Whatever one's views, most contemporary critics would agree that Samuel Beckett has given us, in English and in French, the most original work of our time. This exhibition honored the man and the work on the occasion of the centennial of his birth on April 13, 1906.

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Portrait of David Douglas Duncan looking through a camera lens

Photo by Sheila Duncan

David Douglas Duncan

In October 1996, world-famous photographer and author David Douglas Duncan donated his archive to the Harry Ransom Center. From the beginning, Duncan envisioned his archive as an active collection, a tool for scholarship and learning, not merely a body of exhibition photographs waiting for display. This web portal serves as an introduction to Duncan, his imagery, publications, and exhibitions, and the valuable resources to be found in all his collected materials. A gallery of over 600 images serves as a more comprehensive exposition of Duncan's vision, career, and unique spirit.

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Gutenberg Bible

The Gutenberg Bible

The Gutenberg Bible is the first substantial book printed from movable type on a printing press. The Ransom Center holds one of five complete copies in the United States.

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Collage

The Woodward and Bernstein Watergate Papers

Now available to the public are Woodward and Bernstein's notes from source interviews, drafts of newspaper stories and books, memos, letters, tape recordings, research materials, and other Watergate papers.

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First Photograph

The First Photograph

One of the finest pieces of the Ransom Center's photography collection is the first photograph, which Frenchman Joseph Nicéphore Niépce produced in 1826.

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Lewis Carroll

Lewis Carroll

Photographs, original manuscripts, and rare publications by Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, the man known to the world by his pen name Lewis Carroll.

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William Morris

William Morris

Designer and manufacturer of furniture, stained glass, tapestries, wallpaper and chintzes; accomplished weaver; pioneering preservationist; active social reformer; successful poet and novelist; founder of the Kelmscott Press.

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