Harry Ransom CenterThe University of Texas at Austin

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Encouraging Discovery:
An Introduction to the Harry Ransom Center

This 10-minute video provides a broad overview of collections, scholarship, conservation, exhibitions, and programs.

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Curators, students, members, and conservators discuss their work and how the Center shares and celebrates the creative process. The video showcases the range of materials that are housed at the Center, from a Houdini movie poster to letters by Edgar Allan Poe, from Jack Kerouac's notebook to Robert De Niro's make-up stills.

Visit the Ransom Center to make your own discoveries in the collections.


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.

About the Ransom Center

The Ransom Center is an internationally renowned humanities research library and museum at The University of Texas at Austin. Its extensive collections provide unique insight into the creative process of writers and artists, deepening our understanding and appreciation of literature, photography, film, art, and the performing arts. Visitors engage with the Center's collections through research and study, exhibitions, publications, and a rich variety of program offerings including readings, talks, symposia, and film screenings.


Collection Development and Stewardship
The Ransom Center is committed to building collections of enduring cultural value and caring for them in accordance with the highest standards of preservation and access.

Public Service and Engagement
The Ransom Center aspires to engage the broadest possible audience with its diverse and internationally renowned collections.

Creativity and Innovation
The Ransom Center values creativity and innovation in the materials we preserve, in the interpretation of these materials, and in our service to the public.

Positive Work Environment
The Ransom Center values the professionalism and unique talents and perspectives of our colleagues, and fosters a community that encourages excellence, collaboration, transparency, and thoughtful action.

The Ransom Center recognizes the fundamental importance of the diversity of individuals and ideas in the Center's collections, audience, staff, and programs.

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