Displaying at World War I uniform at the Harry Ransom Center and a film series to complement “The World at War, 1914-1918”

Photo by Pete Smith.

Photo by Pete Smith.

Get a behind-the-scenes look at how Harry Ransom Center staff customized a mannequin to display a World War I uniform in the current exhibition The World at War, 1914–1918. Learn more about how custom legs were crafted and attached to an adolescent size dress form as Assistant Curator of Costumes and Personal Effects Jill Morena shares the step-by-step process that went into preparing this uniform for display.


In conjunction with the exhibition, the Ransom Center, Austin Film Society, and Paramount Theatre are presenting a series of films made during or about World War I.


The films will be screened throughout the summer at the Ransom Center, Paramount Theatre, and Austin Film Society. Films in the series include The African Queen (1951), The Big Parade (1925), Gallipoli (1981),  J’Accuse! (1919), Jules and Jim (1962), The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (1943), Sergeant York (1941), A Farewell to Arms (1932), and Lawrence of Arabia (1962). View the full schedule.


Screenings at the Ransom Center are free. Tickets are required for screenings at the Paramount and Austin Film Society and may be purchased at their box offices or on the Paramount website or the Austin Film Society’s website.


In honor of Memorial Day, the Ransom Center Galleries will be open from 10 a.m.–5 p.m. next Monday, May 26. Join us for a free docent-led tour of the exhibition The World at War, 1914–1918 at noon. The Ransom Center’s administrative offices and Library Reading/Viewing Rooms will be closed for Memorial Day.


Image: Photo by Pete Smith.

Celebrate Tom Lea Month at the Harry Ransom Center

Tom Lea. Study for "Sarah in the Summertime," 1947. Charcoal on newsprint. Tom & Sarah Lea collection. © Tom Lea Institute. Image courtesy of the Harry Ransom Center.

Wednesday, October 24, 7 p.m.

The Harry Ransom Center commemorates Tom Lea Month with an Amon Carter Lecture on the West Texas artist. Kenneth Grant, Head of Exhibition Services at the Ransom Center, shares behind-the-scenes insights on the conservation of artist and writer Tom Lea’s drawing in “Saving Sarah: The Conservation of Tom Lea’s drawing for ‘Sarah in the Summertime.'” Then, historian and collector J. P. Bryan discusses collaborations between El Paso artists Lea and José Cisneros and publisher Carl Hertzog in “Iron Sharpens Iron: The Unique Collaborations of Early El Paso Artists.” The Ransom Center holds the largest single collection of Lea’s work. Read more about the Tom Lea collection at the Ransom Center.

View a map of parking options near the Ransom Center and mark your calendar for other upcoming programs presented by the Ransom Center.