Guide to the Collections
The web version is regularly updated to incorporate new acquisitions but does not include materials which are in process and unavailable for use. The printed guide (2003) is no longer available for purchase.
Please note that this Guide is a narrative summary of our collection strengths, not a catalog. To search for specific materials, please see the Research section of our website. For convenience, links have been made to the Finding Aids search page for manuscript, art, performing arts, and photography collections that have finding aids. In some cases, there may be more than one finding aid (e.g., manuscripts and photography collections) for one figure. Also note that many collections cited in the Guide lack an electronic finding aid or other online presence; please consult a curator in the appropriate subject area for more information.
To search the Guide, enter a term below; to browse, click on one of the Areas of Study in the right-hand menu.
The Library Chronicle Online
The Library Chronicle of the University of Texas at Austin was published between 1943 and 1998. The award-winning journal included scholarly articles on collection materials, complete exhibition catalogs, and descriptions of important rare book and manuscript holdings at the Harry Ransom Center and other campus libraries. It therefore serves as an important source of information about the Ransom Center collections.
The journal was published in three series (1943-1969; a New Series [1970-1989]; and volumes 20-27 [1990-1997]). The issues from 1970-1997 are particularly important for researchers. There is a online index covering these years.
Most of the Library Chonicle for this period is now available online in a full-text, keyword-searchable and browsable version, courtesy of Google Books and the Hathi Trust. Currently, the early volumes (1943-1969) and some of the volumes from the 1990s cannot be consulted in full view. You may also access full text of two double issues: Volume 22.1/2 (republished as Rossetti to Sexton: Six Women Writers at Texas) and Volume 24.1/2 (republished as The Bebop Revolution).
Most individual hardcopy issues of the Chronicle are still available for sale from the Ransom Center.
Areas of Study
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