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Summer 2002 Newsletter

HRC Imprint Series: A Collaboration between the Ransom Center and UT Press

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Ransom Center Advisory Council member Tom
Borders of the Tapestry Foundation and
Ransom Center intern Ben Stone review
potential Imprint Series works. Ransom Center,
December 2001. Photo by Pete Smith.

The Ransom Center has crossed a critical threshold in the expansion of its research mission. Our new research wing opens in spring 2003, finally providing us with facilities commensurate with our collections. Scholarly research is the desired outcome of archival libraries, and in the Ransom Center's archive, there are many undiscovered works that deserve critical attention through research and publication.

For this reason, the Ransom Center has collaborated with the University of Texas Press to publish a monograph series relating to the Center's collections. Books in the series include Stuart Gilbert's Reflections on James Joyce (now in its second printing), Now More Than Ever, a previously unpublished play by Aldous Huxley, Ezra Pound's The Letters of Ezra Pound to Alice Corbin Henderson, Nikolay Punin's The Diaries of Nikolay Punin (winner of a PEN Center USA translation award as well as an American Association of University Presses design award), and most recently The Collected Poems and Prose by Stanley Burnshaw. Another book in the series is forthcoming in 2002: a work on the Jewish-American literary icon and Nobel prize-winning author Isaac Bashevis Singer.

The Ransom Center and UT Press have established the Imprint Series Endowment, which will enable us to share the resources of our archives with a much wider audience, securing and sustaining the impact of these crucial works. These endowed funds will allow for the publication of critical editions of unpublished works by authors such as John Collier, Frederic Prokosch, Richard Farina, Alma Stone, Sanora Babb, Anne Sexton, and many other literary talents. Besides featuring previously unpublished literary manuscripts, for the first time in the history of the Series, we are working to produce exquisite volumes that feature works from the Center's world-renowned Photography Collection and its collection of art. Prospective publications from the Center's Photography Collection include the Helmut and Alison Gernsheim Collection, images of Texas, works by Ansel Adams, Edward Weston, Sir Cecil Beaton, selections from the New York Journal-American archive, and many more. We also hope to publish works from the Center's illustrious collection of Mexico's finest art, including paintings by Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, and Rufino Tamayo.

The Ransom Center Imprint Series Endowment not only provides long-deserved acclaim to the authors, artists, and photographers mentioned above, but it also affords readers from around the world with the opportunity to benefit from the Center's collections by making previously unpublished works accessible in their personal, academic, or public libraries.  

Tom Galyean
Development Coordinator

HRC Imprint Series brochure. Designer Ellen Buckmaster. If you would like a copy of the brochure please call Tom Galyean at 512.323.3668.


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