Texas Builds an Ultimate Archive

By NewsDude ,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 17, 2007 4:00 PM CDT
The Harry Ransom Center for Hunanities   (University of Texas)

(Newser) – Start with 48 Gutenberg Bibles—yes, count 'em, 48. Move on to the corrected proofs of Joyce's Ulysses and then to part of Kerouac's original manuscript for On the Road.  Then finish up with Woodward and Bernstein's Watergate notes. These items and much, much more are in the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center in Austin, Texas.

During the last 20 years, the center's director,Tom Staley, has brought almost 100 authors' collections to Texas. How? With what Texas has a lot of : money. Staley has been able to use his access to the enormous wealth in Texas to become the single largest buyer in the literary archives market.