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Upcoming exhibit celebrates 'The Making of Gone With the Wind'

Popular gift items at the Marietta 'Gone With The Wind' Museum in Marietta, Georgia.
Popular gift items at the Marietta 'Gone With The Wind' Museum in Marietta, Georgia.
Christy Putnam

The Harry Ransom Center in Austin, Texas, is the repository of the David O. Selznick Papers, and is uniquely qualified to host events this fall concerning the exhibition entitled "The Making of Gone With The Wind." The Selznick collection is the largest archive housed at the Ransom Center.

The Harry Ransom Center preserves the study of the arts and humanities by acquiring and making accessible original cultural materials. Through extensive collections of rare books, manuscripts, photography, film, art, and the performing arts, the Center supports research through lectures, events, and fellowships and provides education and enrichment for scholars, students, and the public with its exhibitions and programs.

According to to Harry Ransom Center's descriptions of the collection, the David O. Selznick Archive covers the years from 1916 to 1966 with most of the material dating from the mid-1930s through the mid-1950s. The archive includes appointment books, audio recordings, awards, balance sheets, call sheets, clippings, correspondence, journal vouchers, ledgers, memos, minutes, music, notebooks, photographic prints and negatives, props, scrapbooks, scripts, and telegrams. With these materials one can trace the evolution of such films as Gone with the Wind (1939) from story purchase through script development, casting, design, production, exploitation, distribution, and reissue. Though most of the material represents Selznick's independent career, there are also records from his father's companies and his work at RKO, Paramount, and MGM. There is also documentation of productions Selznick developed and sold and of projects that were never realized. The archive touches on virtually every major Hollywood person, studio, and event of Selznick's day.

Upcoming events concerning the "Making of Gone With The Wind" include the members only preview party on September 5, which is sold out, and discussions with author Mollie Haskell, textile curator Cara Varnell, New York University Professor Deborah Willis, Ransom Center Curator for Film Steve Wilson, Emory Professor Matthew Bernstein, Ransom Center Assistant Curator of Costumes and Personal Effects Jill Morena, and independent scholar Nicole Villareal.

The exhibit begins September 9 and ends on January 4, 2015.