The decision to include collection material depicting blackface minstrelsy in our exhibition on vaudeville is a decision we do not take lightly. Minstrelsy is part of the history of American performance and vaudeville. We have a responsibility not to hide this troubling history, but also to display it in such a way that it is clear that we are not celebrating it. [Read more…] about Grappling with the past: On exhibiting minstrelsy materials
Above: Unidentified photographer, [Adele and Fred Astaire], ca. 1914. Gelatin silver print, 21.8 x 19.8 cm. Dance Collection, Harry Ransom Center.
The Harry Ransom Center draws on its extensive performing arts holdings to tell the story of one of American theatre’s most popular forms of entertainment in the exhibition Vaudeville! [Read more…] about Exhibition shares the story of vaudeville
Arthur Miller has long had a significant presence at the Ransom Center. In 1961 and 1962, Miller donated a collection of his manuscripts to the Center. [Read more…] about Arthur Miller at the center of a network of Ransom Center collections
With support from the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation, the Ransom Center has completed a one-year project to create online access to four of its Performing Arts collections.
The Ransom Center has obtained the archive of British-Irish theatre and film actor Peter O’Toole (1932–2013). [Read more…] about Archive acquired of theatre and film actor Peter O’Toole
The Harry Ransom Center is proud to announce that our collection of materials relating to the 1866 megamusical The Black Crook has been fully digitized in celebration of the 150th anniversary of the production. The collection is now publicly available through our online Digital Collections gallery. [Read more…] about New digital collection of The Black Crook musical released