Harry Ransom Center  

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View from the Window at Le Gras is one of Nicéphore Niépce's earliest surviving photographs, circa 1826
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The Harry Ransom Center is an archive, library and museum at the University of Texas at Austin, specializing in the collection of literary and cultural artifacts from the United States and Europe for the purpose of advancing the study of the arts and humanities. 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.

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Notable possessions

The two most prominent possessions in the Ransom Center's collections are a Gutenberg Bible (one of only 21 complete copies known to exist) and Nicéphore Niépce's View from the Window at Le Gras, the first successful permanent photograph from nature. 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:

Literature

History

Theatre and film

Art

  • Two paintings by Frida Kahlo: Self Portrait with Thorn Necklace and Hummingbird and Still Life (with Parrot and Fruit)
  • A complete set of Picasso's Vollard Suite
  • A she-wolf statue carved in stone and coated with gold leaf (now worn off) by Eric Gill, creator of Gill Sans
  • Busts of various writers (on display in the lobby and reading room)
  • Large holdings in art by writers and portraits of literary figures
  • Facsimile of the piano suite Gaspard de la nuit composed by Maurice Ravel





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