Category Archives: history of print culture

Detail of synagogue.
April 17th, 2018

In the current exhibit in Special Collections, Preserving the Word: World Religions in our Libraries, our colleagues Thomas Durkin, Todd Michelson-Ambelang, and Lisa Wettleson have highlighted many examples from the holdings of […]

December 13th, 2017

The presentation about the Library of Stains project on December 13 prompts us to look at different sorts of stains in Special Collections — notably, stains within our chemistry holdings. These […]

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, […]

July 12th, 2017

The UW-Madison Libraries recently acquired a true first edition of Thoreau’s Walden, Or Life in the Woods published in 1854 by the Boston firm Ticknor & Fields. Its physical aspect […]

Title page vignette of Thoreau's Walden, 1st ed., Department of Special Collections, Memorial Library, University of Wisconsin-Madison
July 12th, 2017

To celebrate Henry David Thoreau’s 200th birthday, we offer a preview of a new acquisition, the first edition of Walden, or, Life in the woods (1854). The work, with the imprint “Boston: […]

January 3rd, 2017

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

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  […]

spine of 17th-century collection on earthquakes
August 31st, 2016

The recent devastating earthquake and aftershocks in Italy reminded us of the attention paid to earthquakes at the Royal Society of London from its earliest days. Volume one of the […]

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 […]

September 27th, 2015

Tonight’s lunar eclipse, which coincides with what is known as a harvest moon, prompts us to offer several examples of depictions of lunar eclipses from our holdings. (For a more direct view, […]