From Special Collections exhibits

passenger pigeon from Catesby
Medici emblem
books from Fry Collection
detail from French book of hours  (15th C.)
Image from Cairn Collection
Amazing Stories Dec. 1946
detail from one of the Wisconsin Papyri
cover of The historie of the great and mightie kingdome of China (1588)
engraving in Khunrath's alchemical masterpiece (late 16th C.)
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Hours through September 7, 2015

Department of
Special Collections


Special Hours on July 16:

Reception Honoring Jill Rosenshield

The Department will close early at 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 16; our regular hours will resume on Friday, July 17.

We hope you will be able to join us on July 16, 3:00-5:00 p.m., in Memorial Library Commons (460 Memorial Library) at a reception to honor Jill Rosenshield, Associate Curator of Special Collections, on the occasion of her retirement from the UW-Madison Libraries. Jill began her 47 years of service to the Libraries as a Slavic language cataloger; she moved to serials cataloging after a few years, then again to cataloging, then to the Rare Books Department (now the Department of Special Collections), where she has devoted more than 30 years to collections, cataloging, reference, teaching, and exhibits.


Exhibit on Mapmaking

This exhibit helps honor the path-breaking accomplishments of the History of Cartography Project, which has recently published volume six, Cartography in the Twentieth Century. More about this exhibit »


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