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World War I Posters Collection

The Ransom Center’s First World War digital collection contains over one hundred posters that illuminate the lived experience of the war from the point of view of its participants and observers worldwide.  The First World War was once envisioned to be “the war to end war.” Such naïve optimism was quickly shattered by the …

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World War I Posters Collection

Harry Houdini Scrapbook Collection

The Harry Houdini scrapbook collection contains ten scrapbooks owned by the legendary escape artist Harry Houdini (1891-1926) whose vast collection of memorabilia pertaining to the history of magic was obtained by The University of Texas in 1958. The scrapbooks contain playbills, theater programs, clippings, photographs, prints, …

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Harry Houdini Scrapbook Collection

Julia Margaret Cameron Photography Collection

The Photography Collection at the Harry Ransom Center holds 262 albumen photographs by Julia Margaret Cameron (British, 1815-1879). While the majority of the prints are loose, there are also five bound volumes containing mounted prints. Highlights include a notable series of seven prints previously owned by the poet Dante Gabriel …

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Julia Margaret Cameron Photography Collection

Norman O. Dawn Collection

Norman O. Dawn (1884–1975) was a relatively obscure yet historically significant early special effects cinematographer, inventor, artist, and motion picture director, writer, and producer. He worked with many important film pioneers including Mack Sennett, Carl Laemmle, Irving Thalberg, and Erich von Stroheim. The Dawn collection …

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Norman O. Dawn Collection

Magic Posters and Playbills Collection

The magic posters and playbills digital collection contains selected visual images from the Ransom Center's Harry Houdini collection and Magicians collection pertaining to magicians and the history of magic from 1750 to 1920. Approximately 3,000 magicians are represented in the full collection. This digital collection includes …

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Magic Posters and Playbills Collection

About the collections



The Harry Ransom Center is an internationally renowned humanities research library and museum. Its extensive holdings provide a unique record of the creative process of writers and artists, deepening our understanding of literature, photography, film, art, and the performing arts. Thousands of scholars, students, and cultural enthusiasts from around the world study materials from the collections each year.

 

The items in these digital collections represent just a small sample of the Ransom Center's rich and diverse holdings; new materials and collections are added on an ongoing basis. For questions regarding these digital collections, please write to reference@hrc.utexas.edu. For more information about the Harry Ransom Center and its collections, please visit hrc.utexas.edu.

 

Additional digital collections

 

Elliott Erwitt Master Print Collection

Itinerant Photographer:  Photographs of Corpus Christi Businesses in the 1930s

Kraus Map Collection

Medieval and Early Modern Manuscripts

New York Journal-American Photographic Morgue

Edgar Allan Poe Archival Materials

Popular Imagery:  European Prints, 14th – 19th centuries

David Foster Wallace's The Pale King

Mike Wallace Interview

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