Harry Ransom

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The Harry Ransom Center, on the University of Texas at Austin campus, Austin, Texas, United States.

Harry Huntt Ransom (November 22, 1908[1] – April 19, 1976[2]) was a faculty member and administrator at the University of Texas, becoming the university's president in 1960, and ultimately served as the Chancellor of the University of Texas System from 1961 to 1971.[2]

Early life[edit]

He was instrumental in founding the Humanities Research Center at the University of Texas at Austin, which changed its name to the Harry Ransom Center in 1983.[3] In 1978, at a cost of $2.4 million, the Center acquired a complete copy of the Gutenberg Bible.[4]

Ransom was the only child of Harry Huntt and Marion Goodwin (Cunningham) Ransom. He was married in Galveston on August 11, 1951, to Hazel Louise Harrod. They had no children.


  1. ^ Gribben, Alan, Harry Huntt Ransom: Intellect in Motion. University of Texas Press, 2008; excerpt at http://www.utexas.edu/utpress/excerpts/exgrihar.html (accessed May 1, 2008).
  2. ^ a b Handbook of Texas Online, s.v., http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/fra59 (accessed May 1, 2008).
  3. ^ "About: Harry Ransom Center". University of Texas at Austin. Retrieved 2020-05-03.
  4. ^ Gunnels, Kerry (Jul–Aug 1983). "The Humanities Research Center Propels UT toward "World Class"". The Alcalde. 74 (6): 6–14.

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