Harry Ransom CenterThe University of Texas at Austin

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Fall 2004 Newsletter

Director's Note


There is a myth in academe that summer is a quiet time, a time for ruminations, for research, for relaxation. This past summer, the myth seemed to have died. During what many call the lazy days of summer, we finished raising funds to acquire the rich and important Forzinetti archive of the Dreyfus Affair. We completed the cataloging of the recently acquired Don DeLillo archive. We also finished cataloging the material sent to us to date from Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein's Watergate papers, which will soon be opened to the public. We are deeply absorbed in preparations for a celebration to mark this important event, including a symposium and an exhibition of key items from the archive.

With the recent renovation of our building and the addition of gallery space to feature exhibitions, the Ransom Center is bringing its collections to the public in greater numbers than ever before. We've had over 100,000 visitors since our reopening and over 33 million web visits. To help us with our broadened public mission, we have established two new positions and are currently undertaking searches to fill them. Associate Director of Development Jeff Melton is chairing a search committee to hire a new Marketing Manager, who will develop and oversee all marketing initiatives for the Center. A great concentration this summer has also been our renewed commitment to photography. As home to many impressive photography collections, including the immensely important Gernsheim collection and the archive of photojournalist David Douglas Duncan, the Ransom Center is ideally poised to realize its potential to be a world leader in photography exhibitions, academic and public programming, publications, and collection development. As part of our commitment, we are seeking a new Executive Curator of Photography and Visual Collections, who will provide the vision, leadership, and curatorial expertise needed to make this initiative a success. David Coleman, our Associate Curator of Photography, is chairing the search committee for this position.

As this busy summer draws to a close, we begin another academic year, filled with new exhibitions, programs, and events. We hope you will join us on many of these occasions designed to enrich, educate, and delight.  

-Thomas F. Staley

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