A Guide to the UT Rare Books Library Records, 1936-1962
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.
"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/
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.
This collection is open for research use.
These records are stored remotely. Advance notice required for retrieval. Contact repository for retrieval.
UT Rare Books Library Records, 1936-1962, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.
This collection was processed by W.H.R, September 1966.
Detailed Description of the Records