Harry Ransom Center at The University of Texas at Austin

The Harry Ransom Center is an internationally renowned humanities research library and museum at The University of Texas at Austin. 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’s collections include 42 million manuscripts, nearly one million rare books, five million photographs, and 100,000 works of art, as well as major holdings relating to film and the performing arts. Highlights from the collections include the Gutenberg Bible (ca. 1455), the First Photograph (1826 or 1827), film archives of Robert De Niro and Gone With The Wind producer David O. Selznick, paintings by Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera, and the manuscripts of James Joyce, Samuel Beckett, Tennessee Williams, Doris Lessing, Norman Mailer, Anne Sexton, J. M. Coetzee, and David Foster Wallace. The Center is home to a dynamic collection that continues to evolve and grow. 

The Ransom Center annually awards more than 50 fellowships to support short-term residencies for research projects that require substantial on-site use of its collections. Learn more about fellowships here.