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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Books of Nature:
An Exhibit of Science and Natural History Books from Special Collections

March 17 – August 1, 2014

Department of Special Collections
976 Memorial Library
728 State Street

A large exhibit drawing on strong holdings in Special Collections of science and natural history, installed in conjunction with a symposium (Pyle Center, April 26, 2014) on “Bibliography, Collections, and History of Science” co-sponsored by the Caxton Club of Chicago and the Bibliographical Society of America.


Class Sessions in Special Collections

We would be delighted to schedule a session in Special Collections for your course. 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 »


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