Category: natural history

  • Artist’s and Curator’s Talks on Natural History Exhibits

    Posted on Apr 30th

    Please join us as Martha Glowacki reprises her lecture about the Chazen Museum exhibition “Martha Glowacki’s Natural History, Observations and Reflections” and […]

  • Go, Badgers!

    Posted on Mar 24th

    John James Audubon (best known for his double-elephant folio Birds of America) drew a sharp distinction between the North American badger and […]

  • To Welcome Spring

    Posted on Mar 19th

    To welcome the first day of spring tomorrow, we offer details of hand-colored engravings and distinctive bindings from our holdings. Our copy […]

  • A Closer Look

    Posted on Feb 10th

    We invite you to take a closer look at our new exhibit Natural History :: Natural Philosophy, on display in Special Collections […]

  • Gilding the Lily

    Posted on Jan 13th

    The four volumes of the Thordarson Collection copy of Audubon’s masterwork, Birds of America, feature uniform and striking bindings by Riviere & Sons […]

  • Ice and Snow

    Posted on Jan 8th

    Although winter weather arrived in Wisconsin rather late this year, we now have our share of ice and snow, prompting a fresh […]

  • Holiday Hours for Special Collections

    Posted on Dec 18th

    Over the next two weeks, the hours for the Special Collections reading room and exhibit area reflect holiday closings and reduced hours: Monday, […]

  • Special Hours: Day After Thanksgiving

    Posted on Nov 24th

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

  • Bittern Sightings

    Posted on Nov 4th

    Inspired by Carrie Roy’s piece entitled “Bittern 70,” part of an art installation currently on view in the first floor lobby of […]

  • The Long S, Now Largely Extinct

    Posted on Oct 4th

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

  • Green Green — It’s Green, They Say

    Posted on Aug 26th

    In celebration of the lush landscapes of summer, and with a nod to the first track of the The New Christy Minstrel’s […]

  • Extinct Birds & Rare Books: The Example of the Great Auk

    Posted on Sep 8th

    In conjunction with the first event of the fall semester sponsored by the Friends of the UW-Madison Libraries, we will make available […]