Category Archives: UW Digital Collections

March 24th, 2017

John James Audubon (best known for his double-elephant folio Birds of America) drew a sharp distinction between the North American badger and the European badger. One difference, easily seen in […]

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, […]

March 6th, 2017

We’re looking forward to the premiere this evening of Wisconsin Public Television’s Polka!, which includes an image of some lively dancing from our holdings: The image comes from Mrs. Perkin’s […]

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  […]

October 31st, 2016

As anticipation builds for the opening later this week of the First Folio exhibition at the Chazen Museum of Art on campus, we can’t resist offering some witches from much […]

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 […]

April 9th, 2016

In concert with the celebration of Shakespeare in Wisconsin 2016, we are pleased to announce that our copy of Shakespeare’s Second Folio is now available in digitized form in the UW-Madison Libraries Digital Collections. For […]

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 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 […]