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Harry Ransom Center, Austin

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The Harry Ransom Center (until 1983 the Humanities Research 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 Americas and Europe for the purpose of advancing the study of the arts and humanities. The Ransom Center houses 36 million literary manuscripts, one million rare books, five 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. In the 2015-2016 academic year, the center hosted nearly 6,000 research visits resulting in the publication of over 145 books.
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  • I used to live in NYC, saw the Gutenberg Bible at Morgan Library, but that would have cost $40 with two kids. I got to show it to them for free. Plus the Niépce Heliograph and Frida Kahlo self... 
    I used to live in NYC, saw the Gutenberg Bible at Morgan Library, but that would have cost $40 with two kids. I got to show it to them for free. Plus the Niépce Heliograph and Frida Kahlo self...  more »
  • Great permanent presentation of Gutenberg Bible, as well as the first photograph. The rest of museum is dedicated to a noted author/artist. Worth a visit and free. 
    Great permanent presentation of Gutenberg Bible, as well as the first photograph. The rest of museum is dedicated to a noted author/artist. Worth a visit and free.  more »
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  • The David Foster Wallace exhibit is great. It's like a tiny glimpse into his vast mind. The old maps were also cool. But even cooler is what is, if I interpreted the text on the wall correctly, something like the world's first photograph, even though it's very difficult to see what's in it. And one of (I believe) forty-two Gutenberg Bibles in existence is rather amazing.
  • Really cool place. Didn't take any pics inside. So here are some from around the building

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