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Fall 2008 Newsletter

Honoring a Legend

Portrait of Harry Huntt Ransom. Click to enlarge.

Harry Huntt Ransom

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of Harry Huntt Ransom. As a University of Texas at Austin professor, dean, provost, president, and chancellor, Ransom left his imprimatur on special collections and—his most lasting contribution—the Humanities Research Center, which now bears his name as the Harry Ransom Center.

In 1970, thanks to his efforts, the Center was cited as one of the 32 leading libraries in Western Europe and North America. The Ransom Center's international renown owes much to the leadership of its founder, who realized that great institutions reflect the values of the culture that creates them.

In appreciation of the distinctive contributions made by Harry Ransom to American libraries, higher education, and his dream of establishing a humanities center, the Harry Ransom Centennial Fund has been established to commemorate this anniversary. This fund is designated for curators to acquire material, maintain staff excellence, and collaborate with other experts in the field. To learn more about this fund and the opportunity to contribute, please contact Chief Development Officer Lisa Avra at 512-471-5174 or lisaavra@mail.utexas.edu.



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