Throughout the year, the Ransom Center hosts fellows who conduct in-depth research in the Ransom Center collections. [Read more…] about Recent visiting researchers
Research + Teaching
Image: Notecard card from Edgwidge Danticat to JuliaAlvarez; the image is titled Colored Girl.
In 1999, five years after Julia Alvarez’s In the Time of the Butterflies was published, the United Nations General Assembly cited the novel as an important cultural text that helped to pass the resolution to designate November 25 an official International Day of Observance for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. The date commemorates the November 25, 1960 assassination of the Mirabal sisters in the Dominican Republic under the brutal regime of Rafael Leonidas Trujillo (1930–1961). [Read more…] about Transnational sisterhood and solidarity in the Julia Alvarez archive
Image: Jim Crace’s handwritten note on the “Archipelago” folder in his archive.
When I came to the Harry Ransom Center in August 2017 to research in the Jim Crace papers, the materials I was most curious to view were those related to Crace’s unpublished novel Archipelago. [Read more…] about Fellows Find: “Archipelago,” Jim Crace’s last novel that never was
Just steps away from the Ransom Center is The University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture, where hundreds of students work diligently on a wide range of design assignments, from the scale of furniture and interiors to that of cities and regions. These assignments are often based on real-life scenarios, providing practical experience to prepare students for their professional careers. [Read more…] about School of Architecture students collaborate with Ransom Center to learn exhibition design
It is difficult to envision the sheer volume of the Movie Poster Collection at the Harry Ransom Center. The collection encompasses upwards of 10,000 posters and spans decades: from when the film industry was just beginning to compete with vaudeville acts in the 1920s to the rise of the modern megaplex and drive-in theaters in the 1970s. The sizes range from that of a small window card to that of a billboard. [Read more…] about Decades of movie poster history go online
Recently I was lucky enough to spend four months digging through the PEN (Poets Essayists and Novelists Club) archive at the Harry Ransom Center. [Read more…] about Viewing the twentieth century via the PEN archive