This volume celebrates the fiftieth anniversary of the Harry Ransom Center. Staff members describe the Center's founding, the remarkable growth of its collections as part of a thoughtful and deliberate acquisition plan, and its extensive outreach to scholars, students, and the general public. They pay tribute to the leadership of Harry Ransom, who conceived the idea of a research center in the humanities that would be for the state of Texas what the Bibliothèque Nationale is for France. The authors also tell fascinating stories of how individual collections and archives were acquired, as well as some of the controversies and myths that have arisen as a result of the Ransom Center's liberal spending and rapid growth. Photographs of treasures from the Ransom Center and key figures in its history round out this lovely and authoritative volume.
|Publisher:||University of Texas Press|
|Series:||Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center Imprint Series|
|Product dimensions:||8.60(w) x 11.20(h) x 0.80(d)|
About the Author
MEGAN BARNARD has worked at the Ransom Center since 2003. As Assistant to the Director, she works closely with Thomas F. Staley on many aspects of the Center’s daily administration, from collection development to publications.
Table of ContentsIntroduction by Thomas F. Staley
Prelude: "The Collection of Knowledge in Texas"
by Harry Huntt Ransom
Part 1: Beginnings: The Rare Books Collection, 1897-1955
by John B. Thomas, III
Part 2: The Birth of an Institution: The Humanities Research Center, 1956-1971
by Cathy Henderson
Part 3: Years of Consolidation: The Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center, 1972-1988
by Richard W. Oram
Part 4: The Expanding Mission: The Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center, 1988-present by Megan Barnard