Inside El Salvador
The exhibition Inside El Salvador featured photographs that depict those involved with the country's 12-year civil war beginning in 1979, including the guerillas and the U.S.-aided army and the effects of the war on the civilian population.
The images—from peaceful moments of civilian daily life to scenes of mass murder—provide an enduring historical and human rights record of those times.
Jack Kerouac Scroll Party
While sipping on a "Kerouassady," a cocktail inspired by a telegram from Allen Ginsberg to Jack Kerouac and Neal Cassady, Ransom Center members had the opportunity to hear Hyde Park Theatre Artistic Director Ken Webster bring Kerouac's journey to life as he read from the scroll manuscript of On the Road.
Marathon Reading of On the Road
In conjunction with the exhibition On the Road with the Beats, the Harry Ransom Center hosted a marathon reading of Jack Kerouac's novel On the Road at Austin's Spiderhouse Café on March 29. Local author Spike Gillespie kicked off the event with the first reading at 10 a.m., and guests read in 20-minute slots all day, finishing in just under 12 hours by 10 p.m.
The Elizabeth Hardwick (1916-2007) collection at the Ransom Center comprises creative works, correspondence, printed material, articles, and photographs dating from 1934 to 1991. Hardwick's tumultuous marriage to the poet Robert Lowell ended in 1972, though they reconciled in 1977, the last year of Lowell's life.
The Ransom Center also holds materials of Lowell.
Tim O'Brien Acquisition
In 2007 the Ransom Center acquired the archive of writer Tim O'Brien, author of such memorable works as The Things They Carried (1980) and Going After Cacciato (1978), for which O'Brien received the National Book Award in 1979.
David Mamet Acquisition
In 2007 the Ransom Center acquired the papers of playwright, writer, and film director David Mamet, author of more than 50 plays and 25 screenplays that have earned him a Pulitzer Prize, Oscar nominations, and a Tony Award.
Binh Danh's Cholorophyll Prints
Held as part of the Ransom Center's photography collection, the work of Binh Danh is characterized by his method of printing directly on plant leaves through the natural process of photosynthesis.
Ransom Center Partners with
Neiman Marcus on AFI Dallas
To celebrate the second annual AFI DALLAS International Film Festival the Harry Ransom Center and Neiman Marcus partnered together to present the display Through the Lens Clearly: Icons and Images from the Harry Ransom Center, featuring more than 200 pieces from Center’s film collection on display at Neiman Marcus in downtown Dallas.
Beat Love Poems
In conjunction with the exhibition On the Road with the Beats, the Harry Ransom Center hosted the program "Beat Love Poems" at Austin's Scoot Inn on February 15, 2008. Local authors and musicians Spike Gillespie and Jesse Sublett performed poems about love and other subjects by poets such as Allen Ginsberg, Gregory Corso, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, and others, while DJ BeBop Kid spun jazz in a tribute to the Beats.
Norman Mailer Papers
In 2005 the Ransom Center announced the acquisition of Norman Mailer's archive. The archive contains materials associated with every one of Mailer's literary projects, whether completed or not, from the mid-1930s to 2007.
Costumes of Robert De Niro
Actor, director, producer Robert De Niro donated his collection to the Ransom Center in 2006. With materials from the late 1960s to the present, the archive includes annotated scripts, notes, research materials, and an extensive collection of costumes De Niro wore in his films.
De Niro visited and toured the Ransom Center in March 2007, where he saw the processing, cataloging, and preservation efforts relating to his collection.