Harry Ransom Center

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Stories to Tell

Selections from the Harry Ransom Center

Always on view

The Harry Ransom Center houses some of the world's most significant collections relating to literature, art, photography, film, and the performing arts. More than 42 million manuscripts, 5 million photographs, 1 million rare books, and 100,000 artworks document our cultural history and the creative process.

Many stories can be told through the Center's collections. This rotating exhibition conveys stories of inspiration, innovation, collaboration, and frustration often associated with the creative work of leading writers and artists.

Current Highlights
  • Prints from Associated American Artists
    A selection of prints published by AAA from the 1930s to 1980s, created to hang on the walls of homes across America
  • Illustrating Early English Drama
    Some of the earliest examples of printed plays in England with illustrations that conjure fictional worlds
  • The Queen (1968, 2019)
    Archival selections related to the newly restored film The Queen, a 1968 classic about drag culture in New York City
  • The Glass Menagerie at 75
    Private letters, family photos, journals, and early drafts reveal how Tennessee Williams's first commercially successful play was also one of his most personal
  • David Foster Wallace
    Drafts, letters, teaching materials, annotated books, and more from the archive of the author of Infinite Jest (1996)

Admission is free.

Stories to Tell

Elizabeth Page
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