Harry Ransom CenterThe University of Texas at Austin

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Spring 2005 Newsletter

The Next Chapter: A Vision for the 21st Century


In October 2004, the Ransom Center publicly announced a $10 million capital campaign. This campaign will enable the Center to expand its role as the primary place where students, scholars, and the broader public congregate to study and appreciate the humanities at The University of Texas at Austin. It will make funds available for the purchase of important collection materials, ensuring the Center's ability to compete successfully in the world of rare books and manuscripts, and it will enable the Center to be alert to new areas of research and study, especially in the electronic medium. The campaign will climax with the celebration of the Center's 50th anniversary in 2007.

The campaign identifies three areas as top needs for the Ransom Center: new endowments, facility enhancements, and other institutional priorities.

New endowments. Endowments provide a stable source of income over time and ensure perpetual support for the Ransom Center. The Center will endow its research fellowship program, create a Director's Excellence Fund to support advancements within the institution, and establish additional funds to support photography, art, and performing arts. Finally, the Ransom Center will bolster its existing endowments that support the acquisition of books and manuscripts.

Facility enhancements. The recent renovation of its building changed the face of the Ransom Center, bringing people inside in greater numbers than ever before. The Ransom Center will complete the funding of this renovation and further enhance the building by measurably increasing its capacity to house future collections and archival materials.

Institutional priorities. Acquisitions, staff development, curatorial support, exhibitions, publications, and technology and digitization are at the core of the Ransom Center's mission. Support for these institutional priorities will enable the Center to maintain leadership in the field and respond effectively to the ever-changing world of research libraries and cultural institutions.  

For more information about the Ransom Center's Capital Campaign, please call (512) 471-8944. To make a gift online, please visit the Ransom Center on the Web.

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