Thomas F. Staley Obituary – Author, Joyce Scholar and Trailblazing Library Director Dies At 86

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Death: Author, Joyce Scholar, and Library Director on the Cutting Edge – Thomas F. Staley, author, professor emeritus, and 25-year director of The University of Texas at Austin’s Harry Ransom Center, died in March 29. He was 86 years old when he died.

More than 100 authors’ archives were acquired under his leadership at the Ransom Center, including J.M. Coetzee, Don DeLillo, Penelope Fitzgerald, Denis Johnson, Doris Lessing, Penelope Lively, David Mamet, Norman Mailer, Jayne Anne Phillips, James Salter, Isaac Bashevis Singer, and David Foster Wallace, to name a few.

Staley has added to the Center’s collections by acquiring the archives of actor Robert De Niro and photojournalist David Douglas Duncan, as well as the Watergate files of Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein.

“The collections that Tom Staley amassed throughout his 25-year tenure as a director are an enduring legacy that will serve as a record not only of our times but of one man’s astute engagement with our culture for decades to come,” said Ransom Center Director Stephen Enniss.

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