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Be the spark to inspire a new generation.

The Ransom Center needs you. Financing the many activities of an internationally renowned humanities research center requires resources beyond what is provided through public funds from the University of Texas. Private contributions and endowments established by generous donors strengthen everything the Center does, from funding research fellowships, new acquisitions, and special exhibitions to preservation and conservation of rare and priceless collections.

Have you considered counting yourself among the supporters who help the Ransom Center thrive?

Donors play a vital role in advancing the Center's mission. With their gifts, they expand understanding and appreciation of literature, photography, film, art, and the performing arts; they foster creativity in students, scholars, and visitors; and they spark delight, learning, and conversation through engaging exhibitions and educational programs. From individual contributions and community partnerships to endowments and planned gifts, there are many ways to support the Center.

Give today and help the Ransom Center and its world-class collections foster understanding of the past, inform the present, and influence the future.

Featured Giving Opportunity - Arthur Miller Papers

Closing a chapter that spanned nearly 60 years, the Harry Ransom Center has acquired the archive of American playwright Arthur Miller (1915–2005). Obtained from the Arthur Miller Trust, the archive spans Miller's career and reunites the collection of papers owned by his family with the collection Miller himself established at the Center in 1961-62. This acquisition greatly extends that collection and tells the full story of Miller's life and work, the production history of his major plays, and the international reception that made Miller one of the most significant playwrights of the 20th century.

The Arthur Miller archive will be cataloged by the fall of 2019, and the collection will become accessible to researchers, students, and the public. The Center is a leader in teaching with primary source materials, and we are experiencing steady growth in the number of students we serve. Last year, more than 8,000 students in 400 classes visited the Center to engage with our holdings and to make connections between collection items and the broader themes of their courses. The Arthur Miller papers are already integrated into many of these courses, and we expect use of the archive for teaching purposes will continue to grow. Scholarly research in the Miller papers is robust, and we anticipate scholarly interest will increase significantly when the reunited Miller papers are cataloged and accessible.

This major acquisition is being funded by a combination of private gifts and university funds; no state general revenue or tuition funds will be used. Will you consider making a gift to help advance the understanding and appreciation of this giant of American theatre?

  • How to Give

    Gifts to the Ransom Center are fully tax deductible. All gifts, in all forms, are important to the Center. You may make your contribution in the following ways:

    • Make a gift online. You can choose the fund you prefer, select gift frequency, designate an honoree, and find information about matching gifts.
    • Mail in a check made payable to The University of Texas at Austin to the address listed below. Please note your gift's designation to the Harry Ransom Center in the memo line. You can also download a pledge form.
    • To make a gift via wire transfer, please contact Bruce Costner at 512-232-3668.
    • Maximize your gift through your employer's matching gift program. Most matches are dollar-for-dollar, effectively doubling the value of your gift. Some companies match the gifts of retirees and spouses as well as those of active employees.
    • Make a gift of appreciated stock to avoid capital gains and receive a charitable deduction. To ensure proper processing, please contact Charlotte Hambrick at the University of Texas System at 512-499-4777 for more information.
    • Make a planned gift through your will. Learn more about structuring a gift that will help you honor your values and meet your personal, financial, and estate planning goals.
    • Establish an endowment to support the Ransom Center. When you create an endowment, you can honor someone important to you while providing permanent support to the Ransom Center. The money is invested, and each year a distribution is made from the endowment to support the program or area of your choice. You can learn more or contact Maggie Gilburg at 512-471-9643.
    • University employees may give through payroll deduction.

    All checks and documentation in support of the Harry Ransom Center should be delivered to:

    Mailing address for U.S. Mail

    Harry Ransom Center
    The University of Texas at Austin
    Attn: Development Office
    P.O. Drawer 7219
    Austin, TX 78713-7219

    Street address for FedEx, UPS

    Harry Ransom Center
    The University of Texas at Austin
    Attn: Development Office
    300 West 21st Street
    Austin, TX 78712

    For assistance related to any of these gift options, please contact us at 512-232-3668.

    Thank you so much for considering a gift to the Ransom Center.

  • Community Partners

    The Ransom Center works with companies to design programs that meet their specific philanthropic, marketing, or public relations objectives. Support from community partners underwrites a range of activities, including special exhibitions, signature events, and educational programs.

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  • Become a Member

    Membership supports the work of one of the finest humanities research libraries in the world. We encourage current and future donors to join the Director's Circle—the highest level of membership, offering unparalleled access to the riches of the Center. Director's Circle members support the Director's initiatives and to provide resources needed to respond quickly to unique opportunities that support the core priorities of the Center.

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  • Collection Development Policy

    The Center's Collection Development Policy provides a framework for the acquisition of original cultural materials to support the mission to advance understanding of the arts and humanities. The Center builds collections to support scholarship, education, and the engagement of The University of Texas at Austin community, international students and scholars, and the broader public.

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Maggie Gilburg
Director of Development

Bruce Costner
Assistant Director of Development

Lyndsee Nielson
Head of Membership

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