Category Archives: Cairns Collection of American Women Writers

detail from Heinrich Zeisings Theatrum machinarum.
September 1st, 2017

Although the campus is buzzing with the excitement of football — first home game tonight — and the beginning of classes next week, we want to take this occasion to […]

August 20th, 2017

Like other special collections libraries prompted by tomorrow’s solar eclipse to post images from their holdings, we weigh in with examples from, among others, our exhibits “On the Sunny Side” […]

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

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 […]

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

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, […]

May 27th, 2016

Special Collections, like other units of the Libraries, will be closed on Monday, May 30, 2016. We point here to three examples — all from the Cairns Collection of American […]

April 20th, 2016

We celebrate this week’s campus kickoff of Shakespeare in Wisconsin 2016 with a page from a travel narrative by Anna Birge, part of the Cairns Collection of American Women Writers […]

November 18th, 2015

Recent images of the Eiffel Tower prompted us to explore manuscript and printed sources in Special Collections that help provide historical context for the prominence of the tower in views of […]

November 13th, 2015

We honor Friday the 13th with thirteen works from Special Collections, replete with examples of horror, mystery, spirits, and luck (bad or otherwise). The links below bring up the full […]

December 23rd, 2014

Since we in Madison are not destined to have much if any snow this week, enjoying instead temperatures in the upper 30s and some downright gray skies, we offer instead […]

June 18th, 2013

Participants in a recent workshop entitled “Archives & Agential Life” made enthusiastic use of the holdings of Special Collections. Co-directed by Prof. Theresa Kelley of UW-Madison’s Department of English and […]