Harry Ransom CenterThe University of Texas at Austin

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Harry Ransom Center

The Ransom Center encourages discovery, inspires creativity, and advances understanding of the humanities for a broad and diverse audience through the preservation and sharing of its extraordinary collections. Learn More

Galleries undergoing makeover

The Ransom Center has shared more than 50 exhibitions since its galleries opened in 2003. To ensure the best possible visitor experience, the galleries are being repainted and the lighting system is being upgraded.

While the galleries are closed through August 14, 2016, the Gutenberg Bible, First Photograph and Frida Kahlo's self-portrait are on view.

Upcoming! Exhibition presents study of photographer Elliott Erwitt's life and work

Featuring more than 200 photographs, this is the first exhibition drawn from the extensive Elliott Erwitt Photography Collection, acquired by the Ransom Center in 2015. The exhibition is the most comprehensive examination of Erwitt to date.

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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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