Category Archives: collection highlights

November 22nd, 2017

Thanksgiving this year is an apt time for us to show off a plate from volume 1 of American ornithology; or, the natural history of birds inhabiting the United States, […]

August 14th, 2017

While our Thordarson Collection is perhaps best known for its holdings of science and natural history on the one hand and Iceland on the other, as in our current exhibit, […]

April 22nd, 2017

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 […]

January 13th, 2017

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 […]

Detail from Basilius Valentinus, Von dem grossen Stein der Uhralten (1666). Duveen Collection.
February 14th, 2016

Among the strengths of the Duveen Alchemy and Chemistry Collection are numerous works attributed to one Basil Valentine (Basilius Valentinus), nearly as mysterious an author as he was productive – and […]

January 25th, 2016

We urge you to visit the Kohler Art Library on campus to view the exhibit “Collected Specimens:  Gaylord Schanilec and Midnight Paper Sales,” curated by Lyn Korenic of the Art […]

January 8th, 2016

Although winter weather arrived in Wisconsin rather late this year, we now have our share of ice and snow, prompting a fresh look at an 18th-century publication on ice, snow, […]

December 5th, 2015

Please visit Special Collections for our latest exhibit, “Shapes in Books: Triangles, Circles, Squares.” It features, not surprisingly, rare books on geometry, but also evocations of the occult (as in the […]

November 24th, 2015

The reading room in Special Collections will be open from noon to 4 p.m. on the day after Thanksgiving (Friday, November 27) and closed on Thanksgiving Day (university holiday). If […]

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 […]