Fall Semester Hours for Special Collections

September 6, 2021

We’re delighted to welcome you back to campus and to invite you to consult the holdings of Special Collections in our reading room. Special Collections is located on the 9th floor of Memorial Library, and our fall semester hours starting Wednesday, September 8, 2021, will be Monday-Friday, 9 AM – 5 PM.

Shown above: a detail from the cover of Abby Morton Diaz. The cats’ Arabian nights, or, King Grimalkum. Profusely illustrated by Francis, Boz, Palmer, Cox, and others. Boston: D. Lothrop & Co., c. 1883.

This book is part of the Cairns Collection of American Women Writers, and is available for you to read in our reading room (no tree branches!). Please place a request to view it in our reading room through the UW-Madison Library Catalog. The Cairns Collection also contains more than a dozen other titles by Abby Morton Diaz, ranging from children’s books to her essays on “work and culture in the household.”

The cover of The cats’ Arabian nights

Abby Morton Diaz. The cats’ Arabian nights, or, King Grimalkum.

is also included in the large database Publishers’ Bindings Online, 1815-1930: The Art of Books.

Other tools for exploring the Publishers’ Bindings Online (PBO) database are available through our institutional partner for the PBO project, the University of Alabama Libraries.

A slightly earlier edition of The cats’ Arabian nights from the libraries of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, featuring a markedly different cover, is fully digitized as part of the HathiTrust Digital Library.