The archive from show creator Matthew Weiner and production company Lionsgate, includes scripts, drafts, notes, props, costumes, digital video and research materials that went into creating the show’s richly detailed presentation of the American 1960s — to the University of Texas’ Harry Ransom Center humanities library.
Here are five things we would love to see on display at the University of Texas research library (UPDATE: Jen Tisdale, director of Public Affairs for the Ransom Center, says some of Don’s suits will be there, as will be the costume Betty wore during the shooting scene.)
Don Draper’s suits: The show’s late ’50s to early ’60s style, full of thin lapels, crisp haircuts and slim ties, continues to influence menswear today.
The full text for the anti-smoking letter: In season 4, Draper (played by Jon Hamm) gets into trouble when he takes out a full-page ad in the New York Times expressing relief that he no longer has to work on tobacco campaigns. This does not go over all that well, but we never really got to see the full letter.
The storyboard for Peggy’s final scene, as she’s walking down the hallway, a very not-safe-for-work painting under her arm: The scene with Elisabeth Moss was memed almost instantly. Speaking of the painting, it would be great to see some of the Edo period Japanese art (and the reproduction of the Rothko) that populated Bert Cooper’s office.
Betty’s gun from season 1, episode 9: Before she became one of the most exhausting characters on television, Betty Draper (January Jones) was initially kind of a badass. In the season 1 episode “Shoot,” we see her trying to pick off pigeons in a suburban New York yard with a BB gun, cig dangling out of her mouth while wearing a pink negligee. Season one Betty Draper, we’ll never forget you.
Script revisions for the finale: The “Mad Men” finale, which sees Don Draper meditating at what is supposed to be the Esalen Institute as he dreams up the iconic “I’d like to buy the world a Coke” ad, was one of the most hotly debated series finales since everyone maybe went to heaven on “Lost.” It would be fantastic to see how Weiner and company ended up there.What would you like to see the Ransom Center put on display? Let us know in the comments.