The Harry Ransom Center


The Harry Ransom Center Journalism Treasures

The Harry Ransom Center is an archive and library at UT Austin that houses literary and cultural artifacts. The Ransom Center is home to 36 million manuscripts, 1 million rare books, 5 million photographs and 100,000 works of art. The collection includes many valuable resources for journalists.


William Cowper Brann Papers

Background on Brann:

J. L. Garvin Collection
The collection includes extensive correspondence about politics and journalism between the most prominent British politicians of the 1920s and 1930s and J. L. Garvin (1868-1947), then editor of the Observer (London).  At this time there is no online Finding Aid for this Collection.

Ernest Hemingway Collection

Norman Mailer Papers

Jessica Mitford Papers

Leonard Russell Letters

Ernest William Smith Papers

Samuel L. Clemens Collection (Mark Twain)
There are 2 boxes of uncataloged Clemens materials.  The first box includes 2 notebooks and several (approximately 30) manuscripts by Clemens.  I had a quick glance through the folders and it looks like the notebooks contain handwritten, short newspaper articles, and the other folders are mostly short typed manuscripts.

Mike Wallace Collection
This Collection does not have an online finding aid.  This is from the Ransom Center's Guide to the Collections:
Audio and video tapes, scripts, manuscripts, and correspondence relating to his television interview program, 1957-1958.  interviews with Mortimer Adler, William O. Douglas, Aldous Huxley, Reinhold Neibuhr, and others.
Audio tapes, films, and correspondence record reporter Mike Wallace’s 1958 “Fund for the Republic” interviews with prominent persons in American political, religious, educational, and economic affairs.

The Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein Watergate Papers
An online exhibition of the Watergate Papers:
There are also some upcoming events at the Ransom Center that will focus on this collection, including a talk by Woodward and Bernstein themselves, put on in conjunction with the LBJ Library.  More info on that here:

Edward Weeks Collection
This Collection has no online finding aid.
The partial archive of Edward Weeks (1898-1989), longtime editor of The Atlantic Monthly, contains editorial correspondence (1938-1984) and manuscripts by contributors to the magazine.Further correspondence and papers through 1984, correspondents include Conrad Aiken, W. H. Auden, H. E. Bates, Max Beerbohm, Saul Bellow, Stephen Vincent Benet, Leonard Bernstein, John Ciardi, E. E. Cummings, Isak Dinesen, John Dos Passos, Albert Einstein, T. S. Eliot, Ralph Ellison, Morris Ernst, E. M. Forster, Robert Frost, George Gershwin, Nadine Gordimer, Robert Graves, John Hersey, James Hilton, Randall Jarrell, John F. Kennedy, Alfred A. Knopf, Blanche Knopf, Tom Lea, Somerset Maugham, H. L. Mencken, W. S. Merwin, Arthur Miller, Margaret Mitchell, Nancy Mitford, Christopher Morley, Vladimir Nabokov, Eugene O’Neill, Katharine Anne Porter, Marjorie Rawlings, Theodore Roethke, Vita Sackville-West, Carl Sandburg, William Saroyan, Jean-Paul Sartre, C. P. Snow, Virgil Thomson, Evelyn Waugh, Eudora Welty, Tennessee Williams, and others, list available (8b, 1bv, G2131);
Bound volume of birthday greetings 

New York Journal-American, 1895-1966
The Ransom Center has the most comprehensive collection of issues of the Hearst paper the New York Journal-American, all on microfilm.  The Center also has an online, searchable database for the newspaper's photo morgue, which is available through a portal in the Reading Room here at the Center.
This link is the main page to several links about the photo morgue:



Bill Bridges

David Douglas Duncan
online web exhibition:
This link includes bio information and info on the scope and contents of the Collection.

Eliot Elisofon
Record from Photography Database:
A website made in conjunction with an exhibition on Elisofon in the Ransom Center's galleries:

Roger Fenton
Fenton is known for his 19th-century photos of the Crimean War.

Jimmy Hare
No online record of this collection exists, but this is from the Guide to the Collections:
The original prints, negatives, and glass slides of James H. "Jimmy" Hare (1856-1946), an early press photographer, cover seven wars as well as major news events such as earthquakes, disasters, and early aviation efforts.

Inside El Salvador
This is a photography collection in the Ransom Center, and it was also the focus of an exhibition in the Ransom Center's galleries. 
This is the database record of the collection:
Links to press about the exhibition, which also have information about the collection and DeCesare:

Carl Mydans
Mydans was a photographer for the Farm Securities Administration and was one of the earliest photographers for Life Magazine.
Mostly WWII photos:

Ruth Robertson
Robertson's website:

Jacob Riis
Riis was a documentary photographer known for taking photos of New York City tenements in the early 20th century.  He believed photography had the power to incite social reform.

Soviet Photojournalism

Elias Tobenkin Collection of Russian People Photographs
From the Guide to the Collections: The papers of journalist Elias Tobenkin (1882–1963) relate to the Soviet Union's foreign policy between the wars and comprise 2,500 pamphlets, books, periodicals, newspapers, and photographs depicting the government's aims and policies between 1916 and 1945. (Tobenkin's books are held at the Perry-Castañeda Library).

Magnum Photos, Inc.
Info on the collection:
The Magnum Photos Collection, comprising more than 1,300 boxes of photographic materials, is now open to researchers, students and the public at the Harry Ransom Center. Dating from the 1930s to 2004, the bulk of the 210,000 photographs from Magnum Photos' New York bureau are gelatin silver prints, though the collection also contains some color prints.
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