Harry Ransom Center acquires playwright’s collection of work

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The Harry Ransom Center announced Monday that it acquired the papers of playwright Spalding Gray, a Rhode Island native known for his knack for expressing universal themes through deeply personal monologues and other writings.

The collection includes more than 90 of Gray’s performance notebooks and more than 100 of his private journals. It also contains audio and video of his performances and hundreds of letters. Gray died in 2004 in New York City.

“In the Spalding Gray archive, the mind of a man has been transferred to paper,” said Helen Adair, performing arts librarian at the Ransom Center, in a statement. “In his journals and performance notebooks, he writes about sex, death, drugs and love with honesty and humor. His voice is clear, and he appears to have no filter. Everything is written down without shame. Like his performances, it is powerful because it is so personal.”

The UT community and general public will be able to access the archive once the Ransom Center processes and catalogues its contents.