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University of Texas, Austin (Austin, TX 78712-0100)
Ellen Cunningham-Kruppa (Project Director: July 2017 to January 2022)
Unlocking Sound Stories: Preserving and Accessing the Harry Ransom Center's Audio Collections

The digitization and preservation of 2,862 sound recordings in the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas at Austin. The selected recordings focus on unique interviews with noted public figures, with particular emphasis on 20th-century literary and public figures such as Julia Alvarez, Ben Bradlee, Norman Mailer, Isaac Bashevis Singer, David O. Selznick, Anne Sexton, Gloria Swanson, William Faulkner, and others.

The Harry Ransom Center at The University of Texas at Austin requests $207,459 from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to support an implementation project to preserve and provide access to 2,862 rare and endangered sound recordings and to make their digitized contents available to researchers and the public at large.The collections identified for this project are especially significant because of the breadth of subject areas addressed by their creators, ensuring that the sound recordings will be a rich source of new information for scholars across the humanities. They reveal and preserve the work of Julia Alvarez, Ben Bradlee, Erle Stanley Gardner, Norman Mailer, Anne Sexton, Isaac Bashevis Singer, Arnold Newman, David Douglas Duncan, Ian McEwan, Truman Capote, T.S. Elliott, Paul Bowles, John Beecher, Ross Russell, Norman Bel Geddes, David O. Selznick, Anne Sexton, Gloria Swanson, John Fowles, and William Faulkner, among others.

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Project fields:
Film History and Criticism; Interdisciplinary Studies, General; Theater History and Criticism

Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Preservation and Access

$195,141 (approved)
$187,674 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2018 – 8/31/2020