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Celebrating 25 Years

October 2005

The conservation department at the Ransom Center celebrates 25 years of service in the field of conservation and preservation. Since its inception in 1980 the Center's conservation department has remained a pioneer in the conservation of library materials. Charged with the care of the Center's collections, the department addresses ongoing challenges in the areas of treatment, preventive care, research and education. Conservation efforts are an integral part of the Center's mission to preserve and make accessible the creations of our cultural heritage through the highest standards of cataloging, conservation, and collection management.

Western Interiors

"Points West"
September/October 2005

The Ransom Center's exhibition "Ansel Adams: A Legacy" is highlighted with a back page spread of Adams's Self-portrait, Monument Valley, Utah, 1958.

The New York Times Book Review

"Literary Letters, Lost in Cyberspace"
September 4, 2005

Rachel Donadio's article concerns the millions of e-mails written by authors and editors that may someday have great value to archivists and biographers. The question is how many of the e-mails have or will vanish with the click of a mouse. The piece notes that the Ransom Center has begun to collect e-mail correspondence along with their collection of author's papers. Kris Kiesling, the center's associate director of technical services, laments that although many e-mails are printed, larger collections of them are still in their original form, and the sheer quantity makes it challenging to archive.

Associated Press

"Ransom Center Exhibit Highlights Soviet Sacrifices in WWII"
July 9, 2005

This review of the "The Battle for the Eastern Front: Photographs from the William Broyles, Jr. Collection" says the images "trace the war from the German invasion in 1941 through its retreat and the Soviet push into Germany in 1945. It culminates with a Soviet capture of Berlin, including the image of the red flag over the Reichstag and another famous shot of a Soviet tank at the Brandenburg Gate."

Austin American-Statesman

"'Sense of 'Place,' Real or Metaphorical"
July 3, 2005

Jeanne Claire van Ryzin critiques the "Place: Photographs of Environment and Community" exhibition, saying "curiosity is certainly evident... in the work of 18 photographers culled from the Ransom Center's vast collections." She singles out Sian Bonell's "Glowing No. 50" — "a whimsical, otherworldly landscape that's actually a close-up of two colorful dessert dishes placed upside down in tall grass" — as being the most "abstract," "artful," and "sincere" image in the show. She gives marks to Byron Brauchli, who "also goes for sheer beauty, though he doesn't use any artifice" and to Beth Block, whose cityscapes and portraits are ruled by "subtle drama."

CBS News Sunday Morning

"Trinkets & treasures: Ransom Center in Texas has many 20th century cultural artifacts"
July 2005

CBS News Sunday Morning's piece profiles the Ransom Center's holdings after the Center completed its $14.5 million renovation, a project that created 40,000 square feet of new public space. Sunday Morning takes viewers on a tour of the Center's galleries and reading room as well as behind the scene visits to view holdings such as Jack Kerouac's notebook for On the Road, screen tests from Gone With the Wind, and the Erle Stanley Gardner Study, a room that replicates the detective novelist's writing cabin.

Rolling Stone

"The Last Buccaneer"
June 30, 2005-July 14, 2005

Douglas Brinkley's profile of Norman Mailer uses the acquisition as an opportunity to assess the author's legacy. It mentions the recent acquisition of his collection. It also shows Mailer speaking at a university theater and touring the stacks: "'It's like being cremated,' Mailer quipped as he surveyed the rows upon rows of sterile-looking file boxes." It says that Mailer will turn over dozens of screenplays and short stories, an unpublished novel, scrapbooks, family photographs, precious keepsakes" and that his "his Ransom Center papers will now sit alongside those of American literary talents such as Arthur Miller, Tennessee Williams and Don DeLillo."

The New York Times

"Mailer's Miscellany: The Author Sells His Archives to the University of Texas"
April 25, 2005

The New York Times Arts section covers the Ransom Center's acquisition of author Norman Mailer's life work. The acquisition consists of 20,000 pounds of materials associated with every one of Mailer's literary projects. Mailer said his decision to send his life's work to the Center "...grew out of the fact that the Ransom Center at The University of Texas has one of the finest, if not the finest, collections of American literary archives in the world."

The Dallas Morning News

"Famed Caricaturist Covarrubias was much more"
March 20, 2005

Janet Kutner examines the Ransom Center's exhibition on Miguel Covarrubias, a Mexican illustrator, author, muralist, historian and more, well-known for his place in Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera's circle. The young Covarrubias left Mexico for New York City in 1923, and quickly made a name for himself with his cheeky caricatures of celebrities that were featured in magazines such as Vanity Fair and The New Yorker. The exhibit showcases Covarrubia's various other talents, as well as works by his contemporaries. Nearly all of the treasures are taken from the Ransom's Nickolas Murray Collection of Mexican Art from 1925-1954.

EWTN Global Catholic Network

"Graham Greene: His Life and Letters"
March 11, 2005

The World Over, a production of EWTN Global Catholic Network, airs a piece on the Center's exhibition "Writing Among the Ruins: Graham Greene and Evelyn Waugh." The World Over takes viewers on a tour of the exhibition, highlighting the Catholicity of both men through their diary entries, manuscripts, and personal letters. Host Raymond Arroyo also interviews Thomas F. Staley, the Director of the Ransom Center.

Austin American-Statesman

"Underword: Excavating the Writing Process of Don DeLillo"
February 6, 2005

Book critic Jeff Salamon previews an upcoming DeLillo lecture by exploring the author's recently acquired collection — "125 boxes of rough drafts, correspondence, research materials, reviews, ephemera and more." DeLillo quips that, since unloading his papers on the Ransom Center, "I've got a little more space that's no longer taken up by those boxes. They were good insulation. The house is colder now." Salomon digs into the collection itself to put together an annotation of the first page of 1985's White Noise. He drops some of the other titles considered for the novel, like Panasonic and Psychic Data, and traces the evolution of a single phrase, from its rough beginning ("vague and somewhat softer men") to a finished polish scarcely resembling the original ("content to measure out the time").

NBC Nightly News

"Reporter's Watergate Notes Released"
February 4, 2005

NBC reports the public opening of the Woodward and Bernstein Watergate Papers at the Harry Ransom Center. Woodward and Bernstein's notes reveal how much of President Nixon's own party contributed to unraveling the affair. "The Republican Party came together, recognized what this president had done, and was really responsible for him leaving office," says Bernstein. The piece noted that the archives would continue to grow as important sources, such as Deep Throat, become revealed.


"The Legacy of Watergate"
February 4, 2005

To celebrate the opening of the Woodward and Bernstein Watergate Papers, top scholars and journalists participated in the "Legacy of Watergate" symposium. Speakers such as Richard Ben-Veniste, Stanley Kutler, Richard Reeves, and John Taylor discussed the famous scandal uncovered by Woodward and Bernstein, along with other surrounding issues. The event was organized into two panels, "Watergate, Nixon, and the Presidency" and "Watergate, the Press, and the First Amendment."

Southern Living

"A Texas Treasure Hideout"
February 2005

The travel piece touches on such notable items as Arthur Miller's personal notebooks, Gertrude Stein's pens, and the "the 1929 letter from F. Scott Fitzgerald to Blanche Knopf where he conjugates the verb 'to cocktail.'" It ends with an enthusiastic quote from a Seattle resident who toured the Center while visiting his daughter at the University of Texas: "It's unbelievable. This is truly an undiscovered jewel — a real gem."

Fort Worth Star-Telegram

"Shooting Stars"
January 15, 2005

"Shooting Stars: the Golden Age of Hollywood Portraiture, 1925-1950," "demonstrates the collaborative nature of studio publicity," according to this exhibition review. Writer Art Chapman serves up some history on Hollywood promotions — "still photography was the primary tool in building a heightened status for the actors" — and decides this about the images: "Though most were taken in the 1940s, they still resonate with an admiring public."

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