Harry Ransom Center

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300 West 21st Street (21st and Guadalupe Streets), Austin, TX, USA
www.hrc.utexas.edu - (512) 471-8944

Harry Ransom Center Austin Reviews

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Great Exhibits at UT Austin Dec 19, 2014
As a Gone With The Wind (GWTW) fan, tops on my list of things to do during my recent trip to Austin was to visit the Harry Ransom Center and view their exhibit on the making of this amazing classic movie. This exhibit covers the entire timeline from producer David O. Selznick’s securing of the rights to the book in 1936 to the movie’s premiere in December 1939. It’s filled with interesting facts like:

**Selznick paid a then unheard of $50,000 for the rights to Margaret Mitchell’s book before it was even available for sale.

**While Cary Grant was the clear favorite for Rhett, Scarlett would remain uncast until right before filming started. And even then, Margaret Mitchell herself was needed to cool tempers over the selection of a British actress, Vivien Leigh, to play a Southern woman.

**Filming didn't end until October 1939, which gave the post-production crew about 2 months to get the movie ready for its December 15th premiere.

Photographs, storyboards, correspondence, audition footage and even five of Scarlett’s gowns (3 original and 2 reproductions) are also included in the exhibit. While I would recommend the tour, the exhibit is so well-organized that one could easily enjoy it on his or her own. I know if I was an Austin resident, I would be back to the Ransom Center for their upcoming Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland exhibit on Lewis Carroll and the real Alice who inspired his story.

Other good things to know:

**The Ransom Center focuses on the arts and the humanities, like film, photography and literature. While they do have a permanent collection – the one of only five complete sets of the Gutenberg Bible and the first photograph are on display in the lobby, what is available for public viewing is a single large exhibit like The Making of Gone With The Wind or the upcoming Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.

**Tours are given daily at noon with additional tours at 6 PM on Thurs and at 2PM on Sat and Sun.

**While admission is free, donations are requested.

**Parking is available in area garages.

**The center is closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day with regular hours all other days, including New Year's Day.
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