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The University of Texas Harry Ransom
Humanities Research Center web site now features a scanned version of their
Gutenberg Bible. The Gutenberg Bible, the first book printed with movable
type, is one of the greatest treasures in the Ransom
Center's collections. It was printed at Johann Gutenberg's shop in
Mainz, Germany and completed in 1454 or 1455. The Center's Bible was acquired
in 1978 and is one of only five complete examples in the United States.
The direct URL/link is http://www.hrc.utexas.edu/exhibitions/permanent/gutenberg/
Bible Now Online at University of Texas Ransom Center
Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center, renamed in 1983 for its founder
and guiding spirit, Harry Ransom, is one of the world's preeminent institutions
for literary and cultural research. The principal rare books and manuscripts
library of The University of Texas at
Austin, its special collections contain approximately 35 million manuscripts,
1 million books, 5 million photographs, over 100,000 works of art, and
an important collection on performing arts. Since its inception in the
mid-1950s, the major emphasis of its acquisitions has been on twentieth-century
literature and fine arts, principally American, British and French.
The purposes of the Harry Ransom
Humanities Research Center are:
In sum, the mission of the Ransom Center
is to collect original research materials, to make its collections accessible
through high standards of cataloging and conservation, and to encourage
their use through exhibitions, seminars, fellowships, lectures, and publications.
The central aim of the Center is to continue to acquire and make available
books, manuscripts, archives, photographs, and other works of art for research
in the humanities.
To identify and acquire literary and
cultural material, consistent with present strengths, that has value for
scholarly research not only by faculty and student at the University of
Texas at Austin, but also by researchers from all parts of the world;
To support this research by the cataloging
of acquisitions and the preparation of collection guides, and by the systematic
purchase of bibliographies, books and complementary materials that support
the Ransom Center's collections;
To establish and maintain policies and
services that will facilitate use of the Ransom Center's collections while
at the same time protecting their integrity;
to disseminate knowledge by lectures,
seminars, and exhibitions, and by the publication of catalogs, guides to
collections, symposia, journals, and monographs that bear directly on Ransom
Center holdings and purposes;
To serve the general public by providing
access to the Center's literary and cultural holdings through exhibitions
and other programs;
To safeguard and preserve these treasures
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