What Starts Here Invites Open Minds
These open shelves are going to keep inviting open minds.
-Harry Huntt Ransom
Support Transformative Humanities Education
The Harry Ransom Center has introduced thousands of UT students to primary sources that inspire discovery and creativity. Donors can help us offer more experiential learning opportunities for both graduate fellows who teach at the Center and undergraduate students who immerse themselves in the collections.
Your gift will enable us to expand our thriving program by hiring two graduate fellows to increase our teaching over the next two years. Our Advisory Council has launched a fundraising challenge and will match your contribution dollar-for-dollar. Double your impact by giving today!
Connect Students to Experiential Learning
UT students have access to one of the finest humanities collections in the world at the Ransom Center. The Center’s holdings offer incredible opportunities for teaching and learning that we believe should reach every student on campus. Working with primary source materials not only offers extraordinary research opportunities but also helps students make personal connections to history, deepens understanding, and sparks questioning and creativity.
The Ransom Center supports more than 400 classes and 8,000 students working with primary sources in the collections each year. This number has grown from 1,147 students in 2014, demonstrating the broad reach of our recent investment in teaching and learning.
Advance Innovative Teaching
The Ransom Center provides essential professional training to the next generation of educators through our graduate fellows program. Graduate fellows have an unparalleled opportunity to learn best practices for teaching with special collections by working closely with undergraduate students in the Center’s classrooms. These immersive experiences allow them to build skills for teaching primary source literacy. Through extensive mentorship and supported practice, graduate fellows leave our program prepared for a range of careers in the humanities.
This past year, the Ransom Center reworked its teaching practices for entirely virtual classes. Our graduate fellows learned dynamic new methods for online instruction. Hiring two additional graduate fellows will allow us to expand our virtual teaching this fall to serve more students. We will also be able to enhance the quality of in-person instruction at the Center, offering more students the chance for hands-on experiential learning opportunities with original materials.
Invest in Discovery
I ask students: What connections do you see? There is an incredible sense of discovery at the Ransom Center. I never know what I will see in the diversity of collections here.
- Graduate Fellow
Please consider a contribution to support two new graduate fellows who will help us reach our goal of sharing the wonders of the Ransom Center’s collections with every UT student.
Help the Ransom Center continue to invite open minds by making your gift today!