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Fall 2015 Newsletter

New Curators join Ransom Center

Gerald Cloud and Eric Colleary

Gerald Cloud, left, and Eric Colleary in the Reading and Viewing Room at the Ransom Center.

The Ransom Center is pleased to welcome two new curators to the staff. Both appointments represent the Ransom Center's continued commitment to collection development and research, access, and interpretation by scholars and students.

Gerald W. Cloud is the new Carl and Lily Pforzheimer Curator of Early Books and Manuscripts. He oversees the Ransom Center's extensive holdings of early books and manuscripts, including promoting access to, and use of, the collections and interpreting them for varied audiences. The Pforzheimer library of English literature is one of the cornerstones of the Center's early books and manuscripts collections.

Prior to joining the Ransom Center, Cloud served as head librarian at UCLA's William Andrews Clark Memorial Library, curator of literature at Columbia University's Rare Book & Manuscript Library, and most recently as an antiquarian bookseller at James Cummins Bookseller in New York City.

Eric Colleary is the new Cline Curator of Theater and Performing Arts. He oversees research, access, and interpretation of the Ransom Center's theater and performing arts materials, including its extensive holdings in British theater.

Colleary was recently a visiting professor of performance studies and history in the Department of Theatre and Dance at Macalester College in Saint Paul, Minnesota. He holds a doctorate in Theater Historiography from the University of Minnesota. Previously, Colleary was an archivist with the Tretter Collection of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Studies at the University of Minnesota Libraries. He currently serves on committees for the Theatre Library Association and the American Theatre Archives Project.  

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