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About the Harry Ransom Center


About the Harry Ransom Center

The Ransom Center is an internationally renowned humanities research library and museum at The University of Texas at Austin, with extensive collections in literature, photography, film, art, and the performing arts. 

Mission and Values

The Ransom Center encourages discovery, inspires creativity, and advances understanding of the humanities for a broad and diverse audience through the preservation and sharing of its extraordinary collections. We strive to emulate our values of Collection Development and Stewardship, Public Service and Engagement, Creativity and Innovation, Positive Work Environment, and Diversity through our daily operations, interactions, and the research and exhibition experiences we provide.

Contact Us

For general information or help with reference and research, call (512) 471-9119 or email
A member of our Reference and Research staff will get back to you at the earliest opportunity. 

For other inquiries, you may find our staff directory here.


Location and Hours

The Harry Ransom Center is located on The University of Texas at Austin campus at the northeast corner of Guadalupe and 21st streets (see map).

Library Reading and Viewing Room Hours

9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday - Saturday

Closed Sundays and University holidays. 
See our page on Visting the Ransom Center for more details. 

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