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Annual report reveals growth

By Harry Ransom Center

The Ransom Center is pleased to share its annual report covering the 2014­­­­­­­­­­­­­–2015 academic year. Ransom Center Director Stephen Enniss notes that “The Ransom Center reached new records in numerous categories, including the number of visitors to our exhibitions, the numbers of students we served, and the number of onsite researchers we supported.”


Read the report to learn about the banner year of growth, including additions to the Center’s collections.


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Recent publications

By Harry Ransom Center

Alison K. Frazier, Editor
The Saint between Manuscript and Print in Italy, 1400–1600
University of Toronto Centre for Renaissance and Reformation Studies, July 2015

The 12 essays in this volume identify mutually interactive developments in media and saints’ cults at a time and in a place when both underwent profound change. Focusing on the Italian peninsula between 1400 and 1600, authors analyze specific sites of intense cultural production and innovation. The volume invites further study of saints of all sorts—canonized, popularly recognized, or self-proclaimed—in the fluid media environment of early modernity. Read more

Recent acquisitions

By Harry Ransom Center

In 1986, the Ransom Center acquired the celebrated Carl H. Pforzheimer library of English literature, 1475–1700. Rich in the major works of early English literature, the library boasts significant titles by Francis Bacon, Geoffrey Chaucer, John Donne, Ben Jonson, Christopher Marlowe, John Milton, and William Shakespeare. Since its acquisition the Center has added about 40 titles to the collection—five of them in the last year—all within the scope of the library’s focus on early English literature and culture. Read more

Biography sheds light on William Cameron Menzies, the first production designer

By Harry Ransom Center

While researching his recent book William Cameron Menzies: The Shape of Films to Come, author James Curtis visited the Ransom Center to seek insight about Menzies’s career. Menzies worked with producer David O. Selznick on several projects, including Gone With The Wind and Spellbound. Using the Selznick collection at the Ransom Center, Curtis was able to research the work and efforts of the film industry’s first production designer. Below, Curtis recounts some of his findings. Read more

David Douglas Duncan at 100: A month of tributes to David Douglas Duncan in honor of his 100th birthday—Part 4

By Harry Ransom Center

In the final installment of our tribute to David Douglas Duncan in the month of his 100th birthday, photographer Louie Palu offers a poignant reflection on the impact of Duncan’s combat photographs on his own work in war zones. Three photographs from Palu’s series The Fighting Season are featured in the upcoming Harry Ransom Center exhibition Look Inside: New Photography Acquisitions, opening February 9, and more of his work can be studied in our Reading and Viewing Rooms. Once again, all of us at the Ransom Center would like to wish David Douglas Duncan our warmest wishes as he enters his 101st year.


When I was a teenage aspiring photographer I was shaped by the work of David Douglas Duncan. His book of photographs from the Korean conflict, This is War!, expressed the psychological and emotional fragility of human beings affected by war unlike any other photographer’s work. Read more