John Gould’s bird illustrations digitized

gould birdsThanks in part to a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, a collection of approximately 6,000 bird illustrations by the 19th century British taxidermist John Gould has been digitized and made available by KU Libraries. Steve Goddard, SMA senior curator of prints & drawings, served as an adviser on the project. Further details about the project are provided in this KU Today story, while the images themselves can be viewed on the KU Luna Collections site. KU Libraries will host an event from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 11, at Spencer Research Library to introduce the digitized collection to the public and share information on the creation of the original images as well as their digitization and preservation.

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