Harry Ransom CenterThe University of Texas at Austin

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Fall 2006 Newsletter

Development Update

The Ransom Center opens two new exhibitions that run from September 5 through December 31, 2006.

With the arrival of the massive Robert De Niro collection came another important acquisition: an endowment to support research into the rich trove of film history at the Ransom Center. When the Center receives especially large and extensive archives like those of De Niro and Norman Mailer, we seek to provide an endowment for their continued preservation or to enhance scholarship. For the De Niro collection, a fund is being created to ensure that qualified scholars and students will forever have financial support to enable them to come to the Center to conduct research.

The Dorot Foundation of Rhode Island, well known for its work promoting Jewish heritage, made a significant gift to help us secure the acquisition of the Norman Mailer archive. Many other foundations helped bring the collection to Austin, including the Effie and Wofford Cain Foundation, the Perkins-Prothro Foundation, and the Moshana Foundation. Several individuals also made generous gifts toward the Mailer acquisition, a partnership of donors coming together on behalf of a truly unique resource for studying the culture of the late 20th century. George Mitchell and the University Co-Op provided exhibition funding for the current exhibition Norman Mailer Takes On America.

If you would like to make a gift in support of the Norman Mailer acquisition, or assist with a similar opportunity, please contact Jeff Melton at 512-471-5174. Your financial support makes possible the work of the Ransom Center. Without your help, we could not remain an international resource for scholarship.  

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