LHN - Dominick Dunne Exhibit

Uploaded by utaustintexas on 10.09.2012

>> Dominick Dunne first emerged as a public figure in Hollywood as a movie producer, but
it was his tireless work for Vanity Fair Magazine that made him legendary. In 2011, two years
after his death, Dunne's comprehensive archive totaling more than 109 linear feet was donated
to the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History. Portions of the archive are now on display
as part of an exhibit honoring the life and work of Dominick Dunne.
>> He started to create his Writer's Voice and these are some examples of things that
he wrote at that time when he was just getting started on a new career as a writer. He covered
celebrities, he covered the rich and famous, the elite, everyone from Jane Fonda to Jackie
Collins, to Katherine Hepburn, they're all represented in his papers, but he was probably
best known for his coverage of criminal cases. The coverage of criminal cases was deeply
personal for him. What inspired him to become a journalist was the murder of his daughter
Dominique. His sympathy towards victims of crime was very much an important part of his
writing. And we have all of his reporter's notebooks, all of his trial notes, all of
his research files, so, we have this progression of him as a writer, not just in each story,
but just as an entire career and I think it's a pretty remarkable personal collection that
is very inspirational in that way. I think a big question mark is what is his journalistic
legacy, what is the outcome of his career, how did it really impact the news media; that's
where the Briscoe Center is so important. We're going to preserve his materials, we're
going to preserve his papers, we're going to show any researcher how he came to the
conclusions he did, how he constructed his story. In terms of what impact he had on journalism,
that's up to other people to interpret, but without those papers, without his own evidence
of what he did, it's going to be really hard to assess that journalistic legacy or understand
what he was about.