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“I propose that there be established somewhere in Texas—let’s say in the capital city—a center of our cultural compass—a research center to be the Bibliothèque Nationale of the only state that started out as an independent nation.” —Harry Huntt Ransom, December 8, 1956

The Cultural Compass blog gives readers a behind-the-scenes look at the Ransom Center and covers such topics as news, events, exhibitions, acquisitions, multimedia content, news coverage about the Center, researcher and scholarly work, conservation, and items from the collections.

About the Harry Ransom Center

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. These collections also inspire original exhibitions and programs that offer visitors opportunity for enrichment, discovery, and delight. The Ransom Center advances the study of the arts and humanities and fosters an environment where culture thrives.

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