Spotlight on Special Collections

  • May 15th, 2017 by

    An image of the “sea monk” or “monkish fish” in an announcement for this week’s Great Lakes Great Libraries conference in Madison caught our eye. The image was often reproduced in […]

  • Jacob's ladder from James Sowerby, English botany, or, Coloured figures of British plants.
    April 30th, 2017 by

    Please join us as Martha Glowacki reprises her lecture about the Chazen Museum exhibition “Martha Glowacki’s Natural History, Observations and Reflections” and Robin Rider introduces  the complementary Special Collections exhibit […]

  • April 22nd, 2017 by

    In celebration of Earth Day, we look back to a memorable acquisition — the 1,000,000th volume in the University of Wisconsin-Madison libraries, gift of Research Products Laboratory: Hutton’s work in […]

  • Detail from April's sowing.
    April 17th, 2017 by

    Splashes of spring green on the cover, frontispiece, and title page of the novel April’s sowing seem apt after a balmy April weekend in Wisconsin. The work is by Gertrude […]

  • March 24th, 2017 by

    John James Audubon (best known for his double-elephant folio Birds of America) drew a sharp distinction between the North American badger and the European badger. One difference, easily seen in […]

  • Commelina coelestis from Roscoe's Floral illustrations of the seasons.
    March 20th, 2017 by

    To welcome the first day of spring tomorrow, we offer details of hand-colored engravings and distinctive bindings from our holdings. Our copy of Margaret Roscoe’s Floral illustrations of the seasons, […]

  • March 6th, 2017 by

    We’re looking forward to the premiere this evening of Wisconsin Public Television’s Polka!, which includes an image of some lively dancing from our holdings: The image comes from Mrs. Perkin’s […]

  • March 2nd, 2017 by

    Thanks for the shout-out in the Wisconsin State Journal from artist Martha Glowacki, whose exhibition “Martha Glowacki’s Natural History, Observations and Reflections” at the Chazen Museum of Art officially opens tomorrow, […]

  • eye through magnifying glass, from Margaret Bryan's Lectures on natural philosophy (1806).
    February 11th, 2017 by

    We invite you to take a closer look at our new exhibit Natural History :: Natural Philosophy, on display in Special Collections through early June. The exhibit, designed to complement […]

  • January 29th, 2017 by

    In honor of the lunar new year celebration today, and inspired by a New York Times piece about Shanghai, we show this illustration of steamer baskets (dumplings?) from Mémoires concernant […]

  • January 21st, 2017 by

    This coming week is the last one for the current exhibit in Special Collections, entitled “The Globe/Global in Shakespeare’s Time.” We hope you will take this opportunity to see scores […]

  • January 13th, 2017 by

    The four volumes of the Thordarson Collection copy of Audubon’s masterwork, Birds of America, feature uniform and striking bindings by Riviere & Sons in London. In line with what was evidently […]

  • January 3rd, 2017 by

    New Year’s greetings! Decorative covers of some of our many gift books and annuals figure in the the online project Publishers’ Bindings Online, 1815-1930, including this volume entitled Christmas blossoms, […]

  • December 21st, 2016 by

    In the last week of December and in early January, the Special Collections reading room and exhibit area will be open reduced hours: STATE HOLIDAY: DECEMBER 26 December 26 (Monday) — Closed  […]

  • First Folio! The Book That Gave Us Shakespeare
    December 8th, 2016 by

    We want to urge you to take advantage of the last few days of the exhibition of Shakespeare’s First Folio at the Chazen Museum of Art. This historic visit to […]