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UT Harry Ransom Center Houses Impressive Judaica Collection

The Harry Ransom Center hides in plain sight on the University of Texas campus, turning its back on busy Guadalupe Street and hinting at its presence on 21st Street through etched-glass panels depicting objects from the collection and the signatures of famous authors. Its entry doors face toward the campus rather than toward the community at large, but anyone willing to trek from Dobie Parking Garage or the rare on-street parking space to the building’s entrance can access a treasure trove of Judaica as well as the original manuscripts prints and once prized possessions of prominent Jewish writers and photographers. From incunables—books that date from the birth of printing from 1452 to 1500—to original drafts of Isaac Bashevis Singer’s Nobel Prize acceptance speech and the medal itself, there are copious rewards for persistence.