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The Ransom Center is an internationally renowned humanities research library, archive, and museum at The University of Texas at Austin. Extensive collections provide unique insight into the creative process of writers and artists and deepen our understanding and appreciation of literature, photography, film, art, and the performing arts.

Employees help visitors experience collections through study in the reading room, tours through our exhibition galleries, and through engaging programs, including readings, talks, symposia, and film screenings. Our work provides time and space for meaningful reflection and the sharing of ideas that open our minds and deepen our connectedness.

The Ransom Center welcomes and respects all individuals and communities by valuing and maintaining awareness of diverse perspectives and experiences. We believe inclusivity is critical to fostering excellence in all of our endeavors, and we strive to promote diversity in our collections and services. We welcome applicants from under-represented groups and those who demonstrate a commitment to inclusion. Learn more about our institutional mission and values.

Find out more about working for The University of Texas at Austin. Questions about any open positions may be directed to Leah Bush, Human Resources Coordinator, at

Open Positions

  • Paper Conservator

    The Harry Ransom Center seeks an energetic and collaborative paper conservator to join the Ransom Center Preservation and Conservation Division in a full-time, permanent position. The paper conservator will work on a wide variety of paper-based materials from the Ransom Center collections, from medieval to contemporary works. The Division works closely with staff across the Ransom Center to support the use of collections for research, teaching, exhibitions, loans, and imaging.

    This position will carry out preservation and conservation of works on paper at the Harry Ransom Center. This position will also be responsible for providing conservation treatment at all levels of complexity for a range of works on paper, including art on paper, unbound manuscripts, archival documents, maps, posters, and prints.

  • Photography Cataloger

    Identifies, documents, and describes, through object examination and research, Photography Collection materials, and creates consistent and accurate item-level catalog records in the Center's collection management system according to national and local standards. Updates legacy item-level records to bring the level of cataloging up to current standards. May assist with digitizing collection materials and/or creating metadata for digitized images. Consults with: Curator of Photography regarding art historical information relevant to the photographs; Conservation staff to ensure accurate identification of photographic processes; and Preservation staff on proper housing of materials. Performs minor or routine preservation housing tasks. May supervise student workers, paraprofessional staff, or volunteers, including providing instruction for and evaluation of activities.

  • Senior Photograph Conservator

    The Senior Photograph Conservator leads and manages the activities of the Harry Ransom Center's Photograph Conservation Lab, including planning and prioritizing the work of the lab and all associated photograph preservation initiatives and programs. This position supervises the work of an Assistant Preventive Conservator. The Senior Photograph Conservator undertakes conservation treatments of all levels of complexity for the Center's photographic materials, including technical and cross-disciplinary research as needed, and engages in a range of Preservation and Conservation Division management functions and operations towards the long-term care of the Harry Ransom Center's collection holdings. The Preservation and Conservation Division embraces a highly collaborative environment, and the Senior Photograph Conservator works closely with division conservators and technicians as well as with curatorial, cataloging, exhibition, and public services colleagues.


Leah Bush
Human Resources Coordinator