Philanthropy at the Ransom Center:
Thos. H. Law and Jo Ann Law Undergraduate
Thanks to the generosity of Jo Ann Law, the Ransom Center now has a dedicated endowment to support undergraduate internships. Thos. H. Law (1918–2006) received his undergraduate and law degrees from The University of Texas at Austin. Mr. Law served as a member of the University of Texas System Board of Regents and was president of the University of Texas Foundation. Jo Ann Law Davis of Fort Worth, Texas, also attended the University, as have Law's children and grandchildren. "Our family has been blessed to be educated at The University of Texas at Austin. This endowment will be a lasting gift to future generations of students," said Jo Ann Law.
The undergraduate internships provide University of Texas students with an understanding of how a humanities research library and museum functions. Interns have the opportunity to undertake major projects of their own design—creating exhibitions, learning conservation techniques, writing editorial content, and planning events to engage their fellow students. Former undergraduate interns have gone into careers in publishing, law, archives, secondary-school teaching, and academia. Curatorial, public service, public affairs, conservation, marketing, and exhibition service staff create meaningful experiences that have a lasting effect on the students. Students receive hands-on experiences that allow them to care for, interpret, and promote the collections.
According to Larry Carver, Director of the Liberal Arts Honors Programs at the University, "There is no better example of the power of the Ransom Center to inform and transform the lives of our undergraduate students than its internship program. Both the Liberal Arts Honors Program, which I direct, and the Plan II Honors Program have sponsored year-long paid internships at the Ransom Center. From day one, Ransom Center interns roll up their sleeves and start working closely with and learning from the Center's professional staff, who love sharing what they know with these talented students. Some discover material for a senior thesis, others the passion for a future career, and all, being inspired by the experience of working among the treasures of one of the world's great libraries, speak glowingly of their experiences."
Danielle Brune Sigler, Associate Director for Research and Programs at the Ransom Center, notes, "The Law Endowment will allow us to expand the internship program significantly. We will be able to reach out across the entire campus to encourage students from a wide variety of backgrounds and majors to learn about the work that we do."