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Featured Giving Opportunity - Arthur Miller Papers
Closing a chapter that spanned nearly 60 years, the Harry Ransom Center has acquired the archive of American playwright Arthur Miller (1915–2005). Obtained from the Arthur Miller Trust, the archive spans Miller's career and reunites the collection of papers owned by his family with the collection Miller himself established at the Center in 1961-62. This acquisition greatly extends that collection and tells the full story of Miller's life and work, the production history of his major plays, and the international reception that made Miller one of the most significant playwrights of the 20th century.
The Arthur Miller archive will be cataloged by the fall of 2019, and the collection will become accessible to researchers, students, and the public. The Center is a leader in teaching with primary source materials, and we are experiencing steady growth in the number of students we serve. Last year, more than 8,000 students in 400 classes visited the Center to engage with our holdings and to make connections between collection items and the broader themes of their courses. The Arthur Miller papers are already integrated into many of these courses, and we expect use of the archive for teaching purposes will continue to grow. Scholarly research in the Miller papers is robust, and we anticipate scholarly interest will increase significantly when the reunited Miller papers are cataloged and accessible.
This major acquisition is being funded by a combination of private gifts and university funds; no state general revenue or tuition funds will be used. Will you consider making a gift to help advance the understanding and appreciation of this giant of American theatre?