Audubon Day, the LSU Libraries' ever-popular springtime viewing of the famed double elephant folio edition of John James Audubon’s Birds of America (London, 1827-1838), will not occur in the spring of 2017. As much as it grieves us to take this hiatus, a temporary staff shortage prevents us from holding this beloved event this year. Nonetheless, please check back next year, as we hope to resume this tradition in the spring of 2018.
In 2008, the Coypu Foundation made a donation of $99,000 to enable conservation of this treasure
by Etherington Conservation Services. After more than a year of painstaking work, conservation of all four folio volumes was completed and the final volume returned to the library on December 28, 2009. A celebratory Audubon Day showing was held on January 23, 2010. Pictures from that event can be seen on the Special Collections blog.
Audubon Day in 2011 was the focus of a feature article in the Wall Street Journal entitled "The Joys of Slow Looking," by Willard Spiegelman, who noted the dazzling colors and rich visual texture of the original etchings.
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