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.

Noon Daily
6 p.m. Thursday
2 p.m. Saturday
2 p.m. Sunday

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21st and Guadalupe streets (map)


10 a.m.–5 p.m. Monday, 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.


(512) 471-8944



upcoming events

March 2, 2017 | 7pm

The Library of the Future

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Helen Shenton, Librarian and College Archivist of Trinity College Dublin, Ireland, presents “The Library of the Future; the Future of the Library.” Shenton explores the seismic social and technological shifts underway in education, research, teaching, and learning that are transforming libraries. Cumulatively, these challenge the very notion of what a library is and offer exciting potential for what it might become. With broad experience in both public and private memory organizations on both sides of the Atlantic, Shenton offers her unique perspective on the research library community.
Shenton shares some thoughts, including the changing and evolving concept of what is a library: http://budurl.com/zbkt
The free event is the Ransom Center’s Donald G. Davis, Jr. lecture.
This event is open to the public; donations welcome. Please be aware that the Ransom Center's Charles Nelson Prothro Theater seats 125. Line forms upon arrival of the first patron, and doors open 30 minutes in advance.
Share the event via Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/events/257421408021859/

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March 7, 2017 | 6:30PM

Conversation with David Hare and Deborah E. Lipstadt

Playwright and screenwriter David Hare and scholar Deborah E. Lipstadt discuss their work on the 2016 film Denial. The film is based on Lipstadt’s legal battle with David Irving, who accused her of libel when she declared him a Holocaust denier. In libel cases, the English legal system places the burden of proof on the defendant, so Lipstadt and her legal team had to prove that the Holocaust occurred. Hare’s archive resides at the Harry Ransom Center. Co-sponsored by the Ransom Center and the Schusterman Center for Jewish Studies at The University of Texas at Austin. Learn more about the event at http://budurl.com/e8u2. This free event is open to the public. Seating is first-come, first-served. Share the event via Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/events/1165790663519302/

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March 30, 2017 | 4pm

Uncle Tom’s Cabin and the American Stage

The theatrical adaptation of Uncle Tom's Cabin reached three times as many people in America as the original novel, which was the second best-selling book in the nineteenth century after the Bible. Cline Curator of Theatre and Performing Arts Eric Colleary shares insights into the original manuscripts held in the Ransom Center's collections and traces the fascinating production history of one of the single most important plays in American theatre history. This event is free and open to the public; donations welcome. Please be aware that the Ransom Center’s Charles Nelson Prothro Theater seats 125. Line forms upon arrival of the first patron, and doors open 30 minutes in advance. Share the event via Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/events/366131303761172/  

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April 12, 2017 | 12PM

Poetry on the Plaza

Enjoy readings from narrative poems in the Harry Ransom Center’s collections, inspired by the exhibition Stories to Tell: Selections from the Harry Ransom Center.

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April 22, 2017 | 7 PM

World of Wonders Gala

The Harry Ransom Center celebrates its 60th anniversary with an evening of literature, arts, and wonders. The World of Wonders gala will showcase ten of the most spectacular treasures in the Ransom Center’s vast collection, including a costume from Mad Men, Scarlett O’Hara’s green curtain dress hat, Harry Houdini’s iron chains, Edgar Allan Poe’s desk, Gabriel García Márquez’s typewriter, and Robert De Niro’s boxing gloves and Oscar statuette from the movie Raging Bull (1980). The event will be co-chaired by author and journalist Sally Quinn and writer, director, and producer Matthew Weiner, whose Mad Men collection was recently donated to the Ransom Center. Special guests will include Billy Collins, Michael Ondaatje, Colm Tóibín, Kate O’Toole, and Rodrigo García, as well as other artists, writers, friends, and benefactors. The event will begin with a cocktail reception and auction at the Ransom Center. Dinner will be served under the glow of the Tower on the University’s Main Mall, accompanied by performances and music. Proceeds from the World of Wonders gala will make it possible for the Ransom Center to acquire new works by important writers and artists and to share these treasures with scholars, students, and the public via our Reading Room, online, and through our exhibitions and other programming. Tables and sponsorships are now available; a limited number of individual tickets are available online. For more information or to reserve your table, please visit www.hrc.utexas.edu/gala or contact gala@hrc.utexas.edu or 512-232-3668.

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