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Fall 2001 Newsletter

TALK: Ransom Center featured in September Issue

Richard Cohen, The Paper Chase, Talk magazine, p. 191. September 2001.

Richard Cohen,"The Paper Chase," Talk magazine,
p. 191. September 2001.

"The Paper Chase," an article written by Richard Cohen in September's Talk magazine, in which he detailed the rising costs of writers' archives, features quotes from Tom Staley. Cohen writes, "the current boom in literary collections began not in the lunchrooms of the New York City publishing elite but in the English department at the University of Texas at Austin." He then discusses Harry Ransom and the establishment of the Ransom Center: "Today the Texas library, according to a recent New York Times ranking, is one of the top five in the world." Cohen mentions the enormous gains made in acquisitions under Staley's direction, and he refers to the recent BBC broadcast of an interview with Staley and biographer Michael Holroyd in which the two men discussed the current situation with modern archives: "Holroyd was asked what could be done to stop British papers leaving for America. He said that maybe the best move would be to offer Tom Staley a job in England. Staley laughed. He'd already been made several offers to leave Texas—and turned them all down. Money, he said, wasn't the issue." Whatever the issue, we're all pleased that Tom Staley is to staying at the Ransom Center.

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