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Director's Note

Stephen Enniss

Stephen Enniss

The Harry Ransom Center is among the nation's finest research libraries and a place of unlimited discovery.

The collections assembled here document the work of some of our finest writers and artists and provide unprecedented access to the creative process while also helping us understand the historical moment out of which this work emerged.

In collecting and preserving this record, the Ransom Center is engaged in important cultural stewardship. We share these resources with students and teachers, with an intellectually curious public, and with scholars who come from across the nation and more than 25 countries to conduct research that simply could not be carried out anywhere else. Even as we support these present uses, we are mindful that we also hold these collections in trust for future generations who, for years to come, will visit here to advance this ongoing work.

We are continuing to seek new ways to support scholarship and new ways to share the Ransom Center's collections through exhibitions, readings, lectures, and other public programs. I invite you to visit often, either in person or online, and to take part in the intellectual life of this remarkable community.

Through this work the Ransom Center serves our common culture and, in doing so, helps The University of Texas at Austin fulfill its commitments as one of the leading teaching and research universities in the nation.

      –Steve Enniss


Stephen Enniss is the sixth Director of the Harry Ransom Center. He did his undergraduate studies at Davidson College, followed by a library degree from Emory University, and a Ph.D. in English from the University of Georgia. Before coming to the University of Texas at Austin, he held previous appointments at the Folger Shakespeare Library and at Emory University's Manuscript, Archives and Rare Book Library. His own research interests are in twentieth-century poetry, and he has written on Ted Hughes, Sylvia Plath, and Seamus Heaney, among other figures. He has curated numerous exhibitions including the award-winning 2005 exhibition at the Grolier Club of New York "No Other Appetite: Sylvia Plath, Ted Hughes, and the Blood Jet of Poetry." He is recipient of a Leverhulme Fellowship from the University of London, and in 2014 he published a biography of the contemporary Irish poet Derek Mahon, After the Titanic: A Life of Derek Mahon.


Annual Report

This annual report documents the ways the Harry Ransom Center serves students, scholars, and the public and thereby fulfills its ambition to be one of the country's leading research libraries and museums in the humanities.

2016–2017 (PDF)

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Strategic Plan

This strategic plan outlines how the Harry Ransom Center will strengthen and extend its standing as the nation's leading research library and museum for the arts and humanities.

Strategic Plan (PDF)

Collection Development Policy

This policy provides a framework for the acquisition of original cultural materials to support the Center's mission.

Collection Development Policy (PDF)