Harry Ransom Center

The Harry Ransom Center is an internationally renowned humanities research library and museum. Its extensive holdings provide a unique record of the creative process of writers and artists, deepening our understanding of literature, photography, film, art, and the performing arts. Thousands of scholars, students, and cultural enthusiasts from around the world study materials from the collections each year. These collections also inspire original exhibitions and programs that offer visitors opportunity for enrichment, discovery, and delight. The Ransom Center advances the study of the arts and humanities and fosters an environment where culture thrives.

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10 a.m.–5 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday; 10 a.m.–7 p.m. Thursday; Noon–5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday


Admission is free. Your donation supports the Ransom Center's exhibitions and public programs.


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upcoming events

November 4, 2014 | 6:00 PM

Discussion: Views and Brews – “The Legacy of Gone With The Wind”

Join Ransom Center Curator of Film Steve Wilson, University of Texas faculty Daina Ramey Berry and Coleman Hutchison, and KUT Producer Rebecca McInroy for a "Views and Brews" discussion of Gone With The Wind and the film's legacy.

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November 6, 2014 | 7:00 PM

Films of 1939: “Idiot’s Delight”

In Idiot's Delight, their third film together, Clark Gable and Norma Shearer are stranded at an Alpine hotel with war imminent. MGM hoped to reunite Gable and Shearer as Rhett and Scarlett, but the negative public response to rumors of Shearer's casting ensured that it would not happen. 107 minutes.

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November 13, 2014 | 7:00 PM

Lecture: Rebecca Solnit

Writer Rebecca Solnit speaks about her new book, The Encyclopedia of Trouble and Spaciousness, a collection of iconic and little-known essays that characteristically travel across disciplines and around the world to discuss issues of place, family, the environment, revolution, and the power of stories. Presented by the University's Department of American Studies and co-sponsored by the Harry Ransom Center, the Department of English, the Department of Art and Art History, the Humanities Institute, and Austin Center for Photography. Books will be for sale before and after the event with a book signing to follow.

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November 19, 2014 | 7:00 PM

Lecture: Molly Haskell

Molly Haskell, film critic and author of Frankly, My Dear: Gone with the Wind Revisited, explores the popularity and influence of both the book and film, from their first appearance to the present. Haskell's writing has appeared in The New York TimesThe GuardianEsquire, and The Nation.

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November 21, 2014 | 7:00 PM

Lecture: LaToya Ruby Frazier

Award-winning artist LaToya Ruby Frazier speaks about her ongoing documentation of the impact of deindustrialization on her hometown of Braddock, Pennsylvania. Best known for her black-and-white photographic series Notion of Family, Frazier's work explores identity, place, legacies of industrialization, complex familial relationships, and illness. Co-sponsored by the University's Visual Arts Center, John L. Warfield Center for African and African American Studies, CAAD: Center for Art of Africa and its Diasporas, and the Humanities Institute.

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December 2, 2014 | 7:00 PM

Discussion: Caring for the “Gone With The Wind” Costumes

How do you care for some of the most iconic costumes in film history? Ransom Center Curator of Film Steve Wilson leads a discussion on the preservation of Gone With The Wind costumes, including the green curtain dress and burgundy ball gown, with independent textile conservator Cara Varnell, Ransom Center Assistant Curator of Costumes and Personal Effects Jill Morena, and independent scholar Nicole Villarreal. Enjoy a closer look at the Gone With The Wind costumes with extended gallery hours until 9 p.m.

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December 3, 2014 | 12:00 PM

Reading: Poetry on the Plaza


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December 4, 2014 | 7:00 PM

Films of 1939: “The Wizard of Oz”

Judy Garland stars in The Wizard of Oz, an early Technicolor classic directed by Victor Fleming. Having completed color photography on The Wizard of Oz, Fleming took over as director of Gone With The Wind after George Cukor left the production. 102 minutes.

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