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Harry Ransom Center, Austin

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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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  • Great permanent presentation of Gutenberg Bible, as well as the first photograph. The rest of museum is dedicated to a noted author/artist. Worth a visit and free.  more »
  • The museum portion of the Harry Ransom Center has three items worth seeing - a Gutenberg Bible, the first photograph (not much to look at) and a Frida Kahlo self-portrait. They were setting up for a.....  more »
  • Absolutely fantastic repository. I was so impressed with the two photography exhibits up right now. The curators did such a great job. I don’t think I will forget them any time soon. The selections from the Arthur Miller papers were also very cool and I have to give props to the processing archivists for getting a collection of that size ready for researchers in two years. The staff here were also very friendly and helpful, which is sadly quite rare with rare book and manuscript repositories. It is definitely worth a trip to the HRC if you’re in Austin.
  • This place is always fun to visit. They have really well put together exhibits, but it's not overwhelmingly large. Plus it's free, so you really have nothing to lose.
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