Harry Ransom CenterThe University of Texas at Austin

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Jules Barthélémy Péaron (French, 1836–1882)
Charge of Paul Verlaine
Ca. 1867
Annette Campbell-White Collection
Photo by Reenie Raschke.

Modernist Networks:
The Annette Campbell-White Collection
August 24, 2019–January 5, 2020

Annette Campbell-White served as the founder and senior managing partner of MedVenture Associates, a biomedical venture capital firm from 1986 until 2015, and is a founding member of the Wikipedia Endowment Advisory Board. Throughout her career, she has nurtured a second passion—collecting works by Modernist writers and artists.

Campbell-White's early focus on friendships and personal stories as a guiding principle in her collecting choices reveals the Modernist writers through their humanity, struggling to create, establishing careers, and enjoying success or, sometimes, suffering diminished expectations. Her attention to the scholarly value of what she adds to her collection closely tracks how institutional collectors make decisions about new acquisitions. Campbell-White's experiences as a private collector compellingly parallel those of institutional collectors and will intrigue and inspire anyone who shares a similar passion.

The exhibition will feature artworks, letters, manuscripts, and more that chart creative influences across generations, disciplines, and continents. Annette Campbell-White's memoir, Beyond Market Value: A Memoir of Book Collecting and the World of Venture Capital, published in conjunction with the exhibition, offers a compelling back-story to this selection of highlights from her collection.

Highlights include:


Gabriel García Márquez's Smith-Corona 250 typewriter.
Photo by Pete Smith.

Gabriel García Márquez:
The Making of a Global Writer
February 1–July 19, 2020

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In 1965, Gabriel García Márquez was a Colombian writer living in Mexico City and mostly unknown beyond Mexican and Colombian literary circles. For almost two decades he struggled to become a full-time fiction writer. In 1967, the publication of One Hundred Years of Solitude and its ensuing international success transformed its author into one of the most celebrated writers of the twentieth century. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1982.

Drawing primarily on the García Márquez Collection at the Ransom Center, the exhibition, comprising approximately 150 items including numerous documents never seen in public before, will explain to visitors how García Márquez became a literary star and a classic writer. Throughout his life, García Márquez repeatedly thanked his family and friends for their support. Woven throughout the exhibition, correspondence, photos, and videos, will illustrate how García Márquez's professional circle supported his literary career.

This exhibition is being organized by Álvaro Santana-Acuña, Assistant Professor of Sociology, Whitman College.