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The Harry Ransom Center is a library and archive at the University of Texas at Austinmarker, specializing in the collection of literary and cultural artifacts from the United Statesmarker and Europe. The Ransom Center houses 36 million literary manuscripts, 1 million rare books, 5 million photographs, and more than 100,000 works of art. The Center has a reading room for scholars and galleries which display rotating exhibitions of works and objects from the collections.

Notable possessions

The two most prominent possessions in the Ransom Center's collections are a Gutenberg Bible and the View from the Window at Le Gras, the first successful permanent photograph from nature, by Nicéphore Niépce. Both of these objects are on permanent display in the main lobby. Beyond these, the Center houses many culturally important documents and artifacts. Particular strengths include modern literature, performing arts, and photography.

Some notable holdings include:



Theatre and film


  • Two paintings by Frida Kahlo: Self Portrait with Thorn Necklace and Hummingbird and Still Life (with Parrot and Fruit)
  • A she-wolf statue carved in stone and coated with gold leaf (now worn off) by Eric Gill, creator of Gill Sans
  • Bust of various writers (on display in the lobby and reading room)
  • large holdings in art by writers and portraits of literary figures


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