The UW–Madison Libraries and the UW-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine are honored to announce the generous gift of the American Museum of Veterinary Medicine (AMVM) collection. This large collection of books and periodicals was built by the AMVM and related organizations over many years through donations by individual collectors. It has come to the UW through the efforts of many, notably Fred Born, DVM, of Fond du Lac, Wisconsin; the late Max Herman, DVM, of Collegeville, Pennsylvania; dean and professor emeritus Bernard Easterday of the UW-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine; and the board and friends of the AMVM and of Agrarian Country of Middletown, Pennsylvania.
On behalf of the AMVM, Judy Herman and Judy Ressler will present the final book in the collection, The Anatomy of the Horse (1766) by British anatomist and animal artist George Stubbs, to representatives of the Libraries and of the School of Veterinary Medicine, on November 4, 2013. Stubbs’ The Anatomy of the Horse, noteworthy for its handsome and precise engravings, was part of the Schomer Book Collection at the AMVM, and like other rare books in the AMVM collection, will be added to the holdings of the UW–Madison, Department of Special Collections in Memorial Library, well known for its rich holdings in science and natural history. There such titles will be integrated into an active teaching program in history, history of science, environmental studies, and other fields, and made available for research in the Department’s reading room. Other titles from the AMVM collection will go to UW-Madison’s Steenbock Library, with its outstanding research collections for agriculture, life sciences, veterinary medicine, and human ecology, and to the School of Veterinary Medicine.