The Harry Ransom Center (until 1983 the Humanities Research Center) is an archive, library and museum at the University of Texas at Austin, specializing in the collection of literary and cultural artifacts from the Americas and Europe for the purpose of advancing the study of the arts and humanities. The Ransom Center houses 36 million literary manuscripts, one million rare books, five million photographs, and more than 100,000 works of art.
The Center has a reading room for scholars and galleries which display rotating exhibitions of works and objects from the collections. In the 2015–2016 academic year, the center hosted nearly 6,000 research visits resulting in the publication of over 145 books.
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Alex Moore | Mar 22, 2018
Very cool Vaudeville exhibit!
Curt Gardner | Mar 17, 2018
Access to amazing literary archives!
Meghan McCann | May 11, 2017
Great place! Employees care a lot about what they do and are very knowledgeable and the exhibits are great. Plus, it's a good place to escape the heat in the summer
John Tobin | Jan 1, 2017
Highly recommend for locals and out-of-towners - the public area is small but has their permanent exhibits (Gutenberg bible and first photograph) and an always interesting rotating exhibit. It's also completely free.
Leila Rahil | Nov 17, 2014
Thanks to a friend who works on Campus, I was given a full tour and this was one of my favorite stops! There are 3 must-sees here, 2 of which are permanent displays: -The Gutenberg Bible -The First Photograph -The Gone w/the Wind Exhibit The Gutenberg bible display is great and what a beautiful piece of preserved historical literature! They do a great job of enclosing the display case w/the book from the entryway ruckus, but be warned, you may only get a minute or two, if that, to yourself to admire the work of art as it is a tight space and people are not shy about squeezing in on you to get their peek. The First Photograph display is great as well! I actually had no idea UT even had this! The photograph itself is very small and super hard (if not impossible) to see up close. You have to stand back and admire it from afar and better yet, at an angle to make any discernible imagery out. The write-up on it is very informative! The Gone w/the Wind exhibit was neat. I have not read the book or seen the movie, so I am not, by any means, an GWtW expert, but the exhibit had props from the set, some great info, a first edition, and there were showings of the original screen tests in the auditorium. They even had this cool board to post a "post-it"of your thoughts on the exhibit to be collected and archived daily. Awesome on-campus discovery, especially for the low low price of FREE! Can't wait to see their upcoming exhibit, Alice in Wonderland!
Ian De Jong | May 24, 2018
Fascinating exhibits, broad and deep collections, and a welcoming (though rigorous) reading room make this an A+ destination for bibliophiles and researchers alike!
K S | Jul 22, 2018
This is a must see while you’re in the Austin area. This museum is small but also free. They do except small donations. There’s a Frieda Khalid painting, the first ever photograph, and a Gutenberg Bible. An incredible amount of history in such a small space. The staff here were helpful and friendly. There are not large bags allowed. You do have free use of locked lockers. There is a small exhibit on at this time, which I assume rotates. There is no free parking for this building.
Maria Regina | Jun 26, 2018
Has some literary treasures and hosts interesting special exhibits.
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