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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Current Hours

Monday - Friday 9:00am to 5:00pm

Hours through December 31, 2014

Department of
Special Collections

Closed on Thanksgiving and on the Day after Thanksgiving

Please note that the Special Collections reading room will be closed as follows:

  • November 27, 2014 (university holiday - Thanksgiving Day): Closed
  • November 28, 2014 (day following Thanksgiving Day): Closed. (If this poses any difficulties for your research, we urge you to call us as soon as possible at 608-262-3243 or 608-262-2809 or contact us via email by Wednesday, November 26, to make alternative arrangements.)

We will resume our regular reading room hours on Monday, December 1.

Happy Thanksgiving!


1914: Then Came Armageddon

August 11 – December 30, 2014

Department of Special Collections
976 Memorial Library
728 State Street

This documentary exhibit about World War I, especially on the Western Front, commemorates the centennial of its outbreak.


Class Sessions in Special Collections

We would be delighted to schedule a session in Special Collections for your course during the last weeks of fall semester 2014 or during spring semester 2015. We urge you to call us at 608-262-3243 or contact us by email as soon as possible to schedule such a session. More about teaching »


Special Collections Blog

Please visit the blog for Special Collections for more about new acquisitions, generosity of donors, noteworthy holdings, exhibits, teaching activities, and events in the Department. The address is