Harry Ransom Center (University of Texas at Austin)

Artstor is collaborating with the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas at Austin to share more than 800 images of European prints in the Digital Library. These images depict works in the Ransom Center's European popular imagery collection, which consists of woodcuts, engravings, etchings, and mezzotints from the 16th through 18th centuries. The prints document popular culture throughout Europe, covering a variety of subject matter, including: political and religious satire, social allegory, science and technology, advertising, erotica, Dance of Death imagery, and historical events. The European popular imagery collection is one of several major collections of art housed at the Ransom Center, which include over 65,000 drawings, paintings, sculpture, and prints from the Americas, Europe, and Asia, spanning the 15th through the 20th centuries.

The Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas at Austin advances the study of the arts and humanities by acquiring, preserving, and making accessible original cultural materials. To this end, the Ransom Center provides access to extensive collections of rare books, manuscripts, photography, film, art, and the performing arts, while also supporting research and education through symposia, fellowships, exhibitions, and public programs. Originally founded in 1957 as the Humanities Research Center by Vice President and Provost Henry Huntt Ransom, the center was renamed the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center in honor of its founder in 1983. The Ransom Center's collections contain 36 million leaves of manuscripts, one million rare books, 5 million photographs, and 100,000 works of art, in addition to major holdings in theater arts and film.