Category Archives: hand-colored illustrations

July 6th, 2018

This year’s Madison Early Music Festival, with its theme “A Cabinet of Curiosities: Journey to Lübeck,” offers us the opportunity to showcase our many books of curiosities from the 16th-18th […]

October 9th, 2017

Though we enjoyed summer-like weather this October weekend, the leaves are beginning to pile up around Madison, calling attention to differential patterns of leaf fall from one kind of tree […]

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, […]

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

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 […]

December 18th, 2015

Over the next two weeks, the hours for the Special Collections reading room and exhibit area reflect holiday closings and reduced hours: Monday, December 21 — open 9:00 am – 5:00 pm […]

November 4th, 2015

Inspired by Carrie Roy’s piece entitled “Bittern 70,” part of an art installation currently on view in the first floor lobby of Memorial Library, we took a closer look at […]

October 5th, 2015

We had the opportunity last week to page through two volumes of our copy of Audubon’s double-elephant folio Birds of America with a small group of Friends of the UW-Madison […]

August 26th, 2015

In celebration of the lush landscapes of summer, and with a nod to the first track of the The New Christy Minstrel’s greatest hits (available for your listening pleasure in […]

September 8th, 2014

In conjunction with the first event of the fall semester sponsored by the Friends of the UW-Madison Libraries, we will make available in our reading room rare books depicting bird […]

Detail of flamingo in Audubon's Birds of America. From the Thordarson Collection, Department of Special Collections, Memorial Library, University of Wisconsin-Madison.
July 28th, 2014

On display through August 1 (this Friday!) in our exhibit “Books of Nature” is the magnificent illustration of the American flamingo in Audubon’s double-elephant folio Birds of America. Our copy […]