Celebrate with us in 2023
- Photographer Laura Wilson delves into the lives of writers with stunning portraits
- A childhood gift inspires a lifelong passion for India and map-collecting
- “Dog” by Lawrence Ferlinghetti
- A Greek fragment is the first-known New Testament papyrus written on the front side of a scroll
- Center Wins Archival Excellence Award
- My Friend Bill Yellow Robe
We provide a full range of preventive care and conservation treatments. Read stories about conservators and preservation technicians assessing and caring for collection materials.
In the galleries
One of the most celebrated objects in the history of photography, The Niépce Heliograph, is featured in a permanent exhibition just inside the main entrance to the Harry Ransom Center. The untitled photograph—the earliest known surviving photograph made with the aid of the camera obscura—was produced in 1827 by the French scientist and inventor Joseph Nicéphore Niépce using a process he called héliographie. Permanent exhibitions are never really “permanent,” however; objects may remain in place, but their meanings are always evolving, and exhibitions are periodically revised to reflect those advances.