University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the UT Rare Books Library Records, 1936-1962



Descriptive Summary

Creator: University of Texas at Austin. Rare Books Library
Title: UT Rare Books Library Records,
Dates: 1936-1962
Abstract: The Records spanning from 1936-1962 include charge slips, rare book accessions, card files, Photostat orders, and plates used in printing early publications of the Library.
Accession No.: 66-89
OCLC No.: 965446855
Extent: 4 ft., 7 in.
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Historical Note

The UT Rare Books Library, originally located in the University’s Main Building, moved to the Humanities Research Center in 1972. Today the Humanities Research Center is known as the Harry Ransom Center. The UT Rare Books Library’s original collection was acquired in 1918 when UT acquired the 6,000 volume library of John Henry Wrenn.

The Rare Books Library continued to grow between 1920-1957 and established its strengths in the 17th and 18th centuries. After 1957 the Rare Books Library established itself as a leader in the study of modern English and American literature. The 1960s and 1970s were a defining period for the Library as it continued to grow with the purchases of not only author’s manuscripts but with the purchases of the author’s personal libraries.

In 1972 the Rare Books Library was merged into the Humanities Research Center. After the merge the Rare Books Collection began to focus on the collection of first editions and today holds about 800,000 volumes. The most notable items in the collection are the complete Gutenberg Bible, the first book printed in English, the Shakespeare First Folio, a first edition ofAlice in Wonderland and 36 complete first edition copies of James Joyce’s Ulysses.

Source:

"The Ransom Center Rare Book and Periodical Collections."Harry Ransom Center The University of Texas at Austin. Accessed March 26, 2015.http://www.hrc.utexas.edu/collections/books/info/


Scope and Contents

The Records spanning from 1936-1962 include charge slips, rare book accessions, card files, Photostat orders, and plates used in printing early publications of the Library. The collection represents the administrative side of the form Rare Books Library.


Restrictions

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use.

Use Restrictions

These records are stored remotely. Advance notice required for retrieval. Contact repository for retrieval.


Index Terms

Subjects (Organizations)
University of Texas at Austin. Rare Books Library.
Places
Austin (Tex.)

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

UT Rare Books Library Records, 1936-1962, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by W.H.R, September 1966.


Detailed Description of the Records

 

At LSF

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3C101 Charge slips
4th floor books
1939-1940
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3C102 1954-1958
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3C103 1959
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3C104 1960
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3C105 1960-1961
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3C106 1961-1962
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3C107 4th floor manuscripts, 1958-1962.
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3C108 Photostat order, 1936-1958.
Rare book accessions
Numbers 9631-35-438223
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3C109 Numbers 438224-573370
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3C110 Miscellaneous
Card file of purchasers of early publications of the Rare Books Library
Early card file dealing with the Spell Collection of the Rare Books Library
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3C111 Plates used in printng early publications of the Rare Books Library