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105th Birthday Celebration for President LBJ

LBJ Library and Museum

The LBJ Presidential Library and Museum would like to extend some birthday wishes to their namesake, and you can join them in the party. The museum will offer free admission for the day, and you ca


smarter than ever

LBJ Library gets flashy $10 million makeover, sprinkles LBJ's recorded phone calls throughout exhibits

By Lynn Freehill

Your history-buff dad or Lady Bird-loving grandma may have told you that during this year’s holiday visit to Austin, they wanted to visit the Lyndon Baines Johnson Presidential Library and Mu ...


a new home for books

Move over, Faulk Central Library: Plans are underway for Austin's new "library for the future"

By Adrienne Breaux

The future of Austin looks good. There's a new central library planned for downtown Austin and it won’t just appeal to diehard book worms; with sustainable features, modern architecture a ...


Lit Happens

Inaugural Illumine Awards shine a light on Austin's best writers

By Ashlea Miller

Print might be a dying media, but when it comes to celebrating Austin’s literary geniuses, the time is now, says Tim Staley, executive director of Austin Public Library Friends Foundatio ...


Everything and More

The Pale King: Completing (and complementing) the David Foster Wallace collection

By Samantha Pitchel

After acquiring cult author David Foster Wallace’s personal library last year, the Harry Ransom Center has enjoyed a marked increase in publicity and popularity. As researchers continue to fl ...


DFW Examination Part 4

This is Water: The Ransom Center welcomes waves of researchers and biographers

By Samantha Pitchel

The Harry Ransom Center’s most popular literary archive, the David Foster Wallace collection, attracts a near-record number of visitors. While some read between the lines in an attempt to per ...


DFW Examination Part 3

Consider the Author: Literary detectives find big meaning in a small collection

By Samantha Pitchel

Harry Ransom Center director Thomas F. Staley is an acquisitions guru. He explained one of his guiding philosophies to The New Yorker in 2007: “Ten percent of an archive represents ninety per ...


DFW Examination Part 2

Infinite Files: Making sense of David Foster Wallace's manuscripts and marginalia

By Samantha Pitchel

Imagine if you could pick up Jim Morrison’s guitar and play it,” says David Foster Wallace researcher Matt Bucher, “or read his handwritten diaries; that’s sacred.“ ...


DFW Examination Part 1

The Guy with Curious Prose: David Foster Wallace and the Harry Ransom Center

By Samantha Pitchel

The University of Texas athletics department is getting even more attention than usual as speculation surrounding Mack Brown’s new coaching staff reaches a fever pitch, but the school’s ...


LBJ Library and Museum

Artifacts and documents honoring our hometown President

2313 Red River Street
Austin, TX 78705


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