The LSU Libraries will host a viewing of the famed double elephant folio edition of John James Audubon’s Birds of America (London, 1827-1838). The viewing will be held in the McIlhenny Room of Hill Memorial Library on the LSU campus, on Saturday, June 16, from 10 a.m. till 2 p.m.
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.
Audubon Day is free and the public is invited, but reservations are required. Viewings of the folio volumes are scheduled to begin at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 12 noon, and 1 p.m. Only 40 people per hour will be admitted, so that everyone has a chance to view the four folio volumes.
To request a reservation, please use our online registration form or call 225-578-6544 during business hours.