Spotlight on Special Collections

  • Leopold shack viewed from treehouse leo0484
    March 19th, 2019

    Please join us for ALDO LEOPOLD & THE MAKING OF A SAND COUNTY ALMANAC OPEN HOUSE & LECTURE SATURDAY, MARCH 30, 2019 SPECIAL COLLECTIONS, 976 MEMORIAL LIBRARY 2 PM Special viewing of […]

  • March 8th, 2019

    In observance of International Women’s Day, we call your attention to works on natural history by women authors included within our Cairns Collection of American Women Writers. This is but […]

  • January 28th, 2019

    Special Collections will be open noon-5 PM on Monday, January 28, because of weather and road conditions in Madison. We anticipate being open our normal hours (9 AM – 5 […]

  • Title of Leopold's WHA talk, "Feeding winter birds on the farm"
    January 22nd, 2019

    We call your attention to the new exhibit in Special Collections — “Aldo Leopold: Life, Land, Legacy.” Most of the photographs on display depict warmer seasons of the year, though […]

  • December 21st, 2018

    Special Collections will be closed for Winter Break (December 24, 2018 through January 1, 2019). We will reopen with normal hours (9 AM to 5 PM) on January 2, 2019. […]

  • snowflake
    December 20th, 2018

    Unseasonably warm temperatures here in Madison have recently melted what little snow we have received this season. By way of what we’re missing, we turn first to Robert Hooke’s Micrographia, with […]

  • November 20th, 2018

    As we prepare for a brief Thanksgiving break (please see a calendar of the Libraries’ hours for the holiday weekend and beyond), we turn for inspiration to Edna Beilenson’s Festive Cookery […]

  • detail from the War Bride's Flag
    November 13th, 2018

    Among the strengths of the Cairns Collection of American Women Writers are titles about women’s roles in World War I. In this, the centenary year of the Armistice, we call […]

  • November 12th, 2018

    One hundred years ago, at the eleventh hour on the eleventh day of the eleventh month, fighting in the war to end all wars came to an end. One section […]

  • October 31st, 2018

    Though our abundant holdings of illustrated ornithological works feature many an owl, this Halloween we turn instead to Hootie Toots of Hollow Tree (1925), call number: CA 18807. This small work began […]

  • October 12th, 2018

    In honor of this weekend’s symposium “On Human Nature: Machiavelli’s Mandrake at 500,” we offer a look at the account and depiction of the mandrake in A nievve herball, or, Historie of plantes: […]

  • From paper wrapper of Legati, Tesoro di varii secreti
    October 4th, 2018

    We continue our exploration of so-called books of secrets (secreti italiani) in the Duveen Collection, recently digitized as part of the subcollection “Secrets Reveal’d: Early Modern Printed Books of Alchemy […]

  • September 10th, 2018

    Some of the smallest treasures of the Duveen Collection of Alchemy and Early Chemistry, cataloged under the collective title of “Miscellaneous pamphlets in Italian on occult sciences,” have now been […]

  • Detail of Mr Colliers Wind-Mill
    September 3rd, 2018

    As Madison and Dane County cope with widespread flooding, we turn to earlier examples of water control – an 18th-century illustration of a windmill for draining land: The illustration, headed […]

  • the word New, from Susan Coolidge, The New-Year's Bargain (1878).
    August 13th, 2018

    A new online request system, shared with University Archives, Mills Music Library, and Wisconsin Historical Society Archives, and linked closely with the UW-Madison Library Catalog and finding aids, is designed […]