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Spring 2003 Newsletter

Simmons Archive


Helen Adair and Corinne Dune at work on the
B.J. Simmons Collection. Photo by Eric Beggs.

The Ransom Center received a generous grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) in support of processing the B.J. Simmons & Company Collection into the Ransom Center's holdings, and the project is well on the way to completion. B.J. Simmons & Company was a well-known London costumier and theater designer that dressed hundreds of Britain's greatest shows between 1857 and 1964. The project funding allows one year for cataloging and preservation, along with six additional months for digitization of certain items and the creation of an online exhibition. Cataloging of the collection began in September 2002, and has yielded a number of interesting discoveries including a greater number of productions than the original expectation of 850. The Ransom Center is grateful to the NEH for their invaluable support of the project.  


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