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Fall 2001 Newsletter

Todd Gift to Ransom Center

Dr. Ann Bowden and Dr. William B. Todd, 1998.

Dr. Ann Bowden and Dr. William B. Todd, 1998.

Dr. William B. Todd and his recently deceased wife, Dr. Ann Bowden, have given the Ransom Center three important collections of books from their library, including a prize binding collection, a Sir Walter Scott collection, and a James Boswell collection. The collections are a precious addition to the Ransom Center, as well as a symbol of the culmination of interests and influence of two esteemed scholars, each with ties to the Center. Dr. Todd is the Mildred Caldwell and Baine Perkins Kerr Centennial Chair Emeritus in English History and Culture at The University of Texas at Austin, while Dr. Bowden served the Austin Public Libraries for over twenty years and, prior to that, was the first librarian of the Ransom Center when it opened in 1957. Both Todd and Bowden worked as researchers at the Ransom Center and were instrumental in helping the Center acquire the Gutenberg Bible in 1978. The couple's scholarship in British literature and their interest in rare books led to their amassing an impressive collection of material, from which all scholars will now benefit.

— Cary Cordova

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