Harry Ransom Center

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  • Reading and Viewing Room
    PUBLIC ACCESS: Visitors watch a short orientation video and open a Research Account.
  • Reading and Viewing Room
    RESEARCH SUPPORT: Fellowships are available to support residencies at the Ransom Center .
  • Reading and Viewing Room
    CLASSROOM VISITS: Educators work with the Center to plan courses, seminars, and class visits.

Research and Access

How to research at the Ransom Center.

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  • Access & Policies

    All materials in the Harry Ransom Center collections are non-circulating. They are housed in closed stacks and will be delivered to your desk in the Reading and Viewing Room.

    Access to some materials requires advance notice or an appointment scheduled at least three days in advance of visiting (including some oversized material, costumes, personal effects, fine art, photography, and collections stored offsite); these materials may not be available for paging on Saturdays, unless previous arrangements are made for materials to be placed on reserve.

    Curatorial staff are able to advise you regarding access to and availability of particular collections. We strongly encourage out-of-town patrons to contact us before arrival. It is important to note that the summer months are an extremely busy period and, if your schedule is flexible, we recommend visiting at another time of the year.

    Materials Use:   ENGESP
    Camera Use:   ENGESP
    Audiovisual:   Access Policy
    Costumes:   Access Policy

    Information Regarding Proxy Researchers: A patron may hire a researcher to work with Ransom Center materials on his/her behalf if a visit to the Center is not possible. The Center maintains a list (available on request) of such researchers.

    Statement on Language in Ransom Center Descriptive Records: The Harry Ransom Center aims to describe collection materials in a manner that is respectful to the individuals and communities who create, use, and are represented in its holdings.

  • Rights & Reproductions


    United States copyright law protects unpublished materials as well as published materials. If you wish to make more than fair use of an unpublished manuscript in a publication, you must determine whether the work has passed into the public domain and is no longer under copyright protection or find the copyright holder and get permission to use the manuscript. The links below can help you track down copyright holders of both manuscript and nonmanuscript materials, such as audio tapes, photographs, works of art, and motion pictures.

    Copyright Ownership & Fees for Certain Ransom Center Collections
    Locating UK Copyright Holders
    Locating US Copyright Holders
    Copyright Crash Course ➚
    Writers, Artists, and Their Copyright Holders (WATCH)

    Users may either request reproductions made for research of Ransom Center materials or make them themselves using a digital camera; the Center's Materials Use Policy recommends that any reproductions made for publication be produced by the Center's staff. The Center reserves the right to deny requests for copies based on condition or copyright status and to limit the size of orders or the number of copies made by those using cameras. Users who wish to order reproductions for research or publication should first consult the fee schedule and must complete a Photoduplication Order Form.

    Reproduction Formats
    A variety of reproduction formats are available, depending on the type of material. Those who wish to make their own research copies should familiarize themselves with the terms of the Camera Use Policy.

    Publication Fees
    Fees may be assessed for the use of Ransom Center materials in publications, performances, audio-visual productions, and exhibitions. Other fees may apply when the Center is also the copyright holder; details about payment methods are available here.

    Intent to Publish
    With the exception of source material that is in the public domain, we require a completed Notification of Intent form for use in publication. Using public domain material? Although we waive forms and fees in that case, we'd love to learn about your project. Please consider filling out a Notification of Intent form.

  • Parking

    Metered parking is available on Guadalupe Street (free on Sundays).

    Visitors with Disabilities
    Parking for persons with disabilities is available in all garages (map) for a fee.

  • Accessibility


    Public spaces are ADA compliant, including restrooms on public floors. A campus guide to Gender Inclusive restrooms is available.

    Specific Accommodations

    We have one wheelchair available for public use. For American Sign Language or to request specific ADA accommodation, please contact us at least five business days in advance.

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