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Fall 2013 Newsletter

Stephen Enniss appointed new director of Ransom Center

Stephen Enniss

Stephen Enniss

The University of Texas at Austin welcomes former head librarian of the Folger Shakespeare Library Stephen Enniss as the new director of the Ransom Center.

Enniss takes over the duties of Thomas F. Staley, who will retire August 31. Staley was responsible for scores of notable acquisitions and the Center's enormous growth during his 25-year tenure. He will remain on the faculty and plans to teach in the College of Liberal Arts.

Since 2009, under Enniss's leadership as the Eric Weinmann Librarian, the Folger Shakespeare Library expanded access to its collection, strengthened collection development, and prepared for a renovation of public spaces.

Before joining the Folger Shakespeare Library, Enniss served as curator and later director of Emory University's Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library. He was the principal negotiator on major acquisitions, including the papers of Salman Rushdie and the gift of the 75,000-volume Raymond Danowski Poetry Library. He earned his A.B. in English from Davidson College in 1982, a master's degree in librarianship from Emory in 1983, and his Ph.D. in English from the University of Georgia in 1996.

Enniss is the seventh director in the Ransom Center's 56-year history.  

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