Timbuktu librarians protect manuscripts from rebels
Malian scholars, librarians and ordinary citizens in the rebel-occupied city of Timbuktu are hiding away priceless ancient manuscripts to prevent them from being damaged or looted, a South African academic in contact with them said.
The Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas has acquired the archive of visual effects producer Thomas Smith, the first head of George Lucas’ Industrial Light & Magic. Smith, who produced special effects for seminal 80s films “Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back” and “E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial,” donated the collection, which includes screenplay drafts, scripts, pre-production research and storyboards from “Return of the Jedi” and “Raiders of the Lost Ark.”