Harry Ransom CenterThe University of Texas at Austin

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Harry Ransom Center

The Harry Ransom Center advances the study of the arts and humanities by acquiring, preserving, and making accessible original cultural materials. With extensive collections of rare books, manuscripts, photography, film, art, and

the performing arts, the Center supports research through symposia and fellowships and provides education and enrichment for scholars, students, and the public through exhibitions and programs. Learn More

Now closed:
The World at War, 1914-1918

The exhibition The World at War, 1914-1918 closed on August 3, but its companion publication is available for purchase online.

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Symposium: Cultural Life During Wartime, 1861–1865

The 2014 Flair Symposium (September 18–20) will examine the cultural world created by Union and Confederate artists during the American Civil War. The songs, images, poems, books, and plays that appeared between 1861 and 1865 offer a nuanced perspective on the war that challenges later narratives, both fictional and historical.

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Encouraging Discovery:
An Introduction to the Ransom Center

Watch as curators, students, members, and conservators discuss their work and learn how the Center shares and celebrates the creative process.

From Jack Kerouac's notebook to Robert De Niro's make-up stills, the video showcases the range of materials housed here.

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