Ransom Center gets grant to digitize archive

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The Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas has received a $126,730 grant to digitize more than 24,000 pages from the Gabriel García Márquez archive.

The grant came from the Council on Library and Information Resources, the Ransom Center said Monday, with funding by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Beginning in June 2016, the 18-month project, titled “Sharing ‘Gabo’ with the World: Building the Gabriel García Márquez Online Archive from His Papers at the Harry Ransom Center,” will involve scanning manuscripts, notebooks, scrapbooks, photographs and ephemera from the archive and making them accessible online. The materials date from 1950 through 2013.

“This project is notable for many reasons, including providing online access to copyright-protected archival material by one of the most revered literary figures of our time,” said Stephen Enniss, director of the center. “There are few opportunities for researchers to access digitized archives of contemporary authors. This initiative is possible due to the enthusiastic support and endorsement of García Márquez’s family.”

The archive opened for research on Oct. 21.

Author: Charles Ealy

Charles Ealy edits and writes about books and movies for the Ausstin American-Statesman.

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