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Fall 2003 Newsletter

Mellon Grant to Benefit French Collections


Letter by Napolean. 1810. Princess Marthe
Bibesco papers. Carlton Lake French collection.

The Ransom Center received a $340,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to support preservation and cataloging of a large portion of the Center's modern French literary and visual arts holdings, including works in history, literature, music, philosophy, photography, religion, and women's studies.

The award makes possible the arranging, housing, and description of four sizable modern French collections, specifically the Ransom Center's Carlton Lake Collection; the Princess Marthe Bibesco papers; the William Bradley Literary Agency records; and the Edouard Dujardin papers.

"This grant improves access to important collections that constitute a major scholarly resource in French culture," says Thomas F. Staley, director of the Ransom Center. "The support of the Mellon Foundation not only provides students, researchers and the general public access to a wealth of research materials, but also ensures the preservation of these valued resources."

The grant funds the Center's archival staff, computer equipment and preservation supplies for the two-year project. The Ransom Center's Department of Archives and Visual Materials will oversee the creation of archival finding aids for each collection, including scope and content notes, series descriptions and an index of correspondents and photographic materials.  

-Jennifer Tisdale

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