Harry Ransom CenterThe University of Texas at Austin

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Spring 2005 Newsletter

Bibliophilic Group Visits Center

The Ransom Center welcomed members of the Grolier Club of New York last fall as part of the group's Texas book expedition.

A contingency from the club visited the Center on Friday, November 12, where they were provided a tour of the galleries followed by a dinner hosted by Director Thomas Staley. They returned Saturday for a behind-the-scenes look at the collections, and concluded their visit attending talks by Head Librarian Rich Oram ("Evelyn Waugh, Book Collector") and book dealer Kevin Mac Donnell (on his collection of Mark Twain).

Founded in 1884, the Grolier Club of New York is America's oldest, largest, and perhaps most prestigious society for bibliophiles and enthusiasts in the graphic arts. Named for Jean Grolier, the Renaissance collector renowned for sharing his library with friends, the Club's objective is to foster "the literary study and promotion of the arts pertaining to the production of books."  

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