Speaker: Tom Staley and Malcom O'Hagan
“Remarkable Stories: Furthering the Collection”
Under the recent 23-year Directorship of Staley, the Harry Ransom Center became a behemoth in library scholarship circles, leading Frank M Turner, Director of Yale's Beinecke Library to state that "the Harry Ransom Center... has become one of the most distinguished institutions for scholarship... in the world".
Under Staley, the Center's endowment rose from $1 million to $30 million. It's collection now includes 42 million manuscript pages, 1 million rare books, 5 million photographs, 100 million works of art, and major holdings in film and performing arts. The Center acquired over a hundred authors' archives, including Nobel Laureates J.M. Coetzee and Doris Lessing, authors Dilillo, Malamud, Mamet, Mailer, Stoppard, Osborne, more of Joyce, and the acquisition of the Watergate tapes.
Come and join Staley, a renowned raconteur, as he tells about the unique people he has met, the attics he has crawled through and the negotiations he has engaged in.
Staley will also introduce his friend, Malcolm O'Hagan, who will speak briefly about the American Writers Museum, opening in Chicago in 2016.
Union League Club, 65 W. Jackson Boulevard. Luncheon buffet (in the main dining room on six) opens at 11:30 am; program (in a different room, to be announced) 12:30-1:30