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Fall 2011 Newsletter

Ransom Center receives grant to catalog Spanish comedias sueltas

The Ransom Center has received $137,015 from the Council on Library and Information Resources Cataloging Hidden Special Collections and Archives for "Revealing Texas Collections of Comedias Sueltas."

The Center holds more than 14,000 "comedias sueltas," a generic term for plays published in small pamphlet formats in Spain from the late seventeenth through the nineteenth centuries. Purchased in pieces, generally in collections of bound volumes, the materials have been described as one of the major collections of Spanish dramatic literature in suelta form in North America.

While portions of the collection are minimally cataloged, the grant allows for the creation of individual database records for each suelta, making more extensive information about the collection available on the Ransom Center's website. The grant also supports the cataloging of more than 600 sueltas at the Cushing Library at Texas A&M University.


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