In the 1930s Harry Ransom came to the University of Texas at Austin as an English instructor. He stayed on to build one of the nation’s largest repositories of manuscripts related to literature, science, theater, cartography and other fields. These are housed on the University of Texas campus in the Ransom Humanities Center, which was named in his honor. Ransom’s work helped raise the University of Texas library to the ranks of the leading libraries in Europe and North America. He also founded the Texas Quarterly, which became internationally famous. Among Ransom’s projects to improve teaching at the university was the Plan II honors program for undergraduates and development of the undergraduate library. He served the university as president and later as chancellor.