Mad Men donating props, costumes from TV show to UT

Mad Men

AUSTIN (KXAN) — You don’t have travel back in time to the 1960s to step into the world of Mad Men.

On Thursday, the University of Texas at Austin announced the Harry Ransom Center Library received a large donation of items from the hit show. The donated materials include script drafts and notes, props, costumes, digital records and video relating to the creation, production and marketing of the series.

“It’s our hope that the ‘Mad Men’ archive can satisfy academic curiosity and also provide creative inspiration,” says Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner. “Both artists and scholars can retrace our steps and see how we became interested in the parts of the story we were interested in, and how the creation of the physical world as well as the characters and storylines in the show were the work of many talented people.”

Lane Pryce's identification and a photograph of Dolores Haze. Photo by Pete Smith
Lane Pryce’s identification and a photograph of Dolores Haze. (Photo by Pete Smith)

Fast talking, suits, cocktails before noon and clouds of cigarette smoke have become synonymous with the show.

The Harry Ransom Center film curator Steve Wilson says it will take about a year to catalog the entire collection. A selection of materials from the archive will be on view in the Ransom Center’s lobby through Feb. 1.

The star of the show Don Draper is played by Jon Hamm. Mad Men said goodbye to fans in 2015 after seven seasons.

Photos of "couples" on Mad Men at the UT Harry Ransom Center (KXAN Photo/Dani Guerrero)
Photos of “couples” on Mad Men at the UT Harry Ransom Center (KXAN Photo/Dani Guerrero)
Story boards from the AMC Mad Men show at UT Harry Ransom Center. (KXAN Photo/Dani Guerrero)
Story boards from the AMC Mad Men show at UT Harry Ransom Center. (KXAN Photo/Dani Guerrero)
A dress one of the character's wore on Mad Men on display at UT Harry Ransom Center. (KXAN Photo/Dani Guerrero)
A dress one of the character’s wore on Mad Men on display at UT Harry Ransom Center. (KXAN Photo/Dani Guerrero)
Dress one of the character's wore on Mad Men on display at UT Harry Ransom Center. (KXAN Photo/Dani Guerrero)
Dress one of the character’s wore on Mad Men on display at UT Harry Ransom Center. (KXAN Photo/Dani Guerrero)

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