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Just a short ‘flyby' on the Audubon exhibit currently on display at the Martin Museum on Baylor’s campus. If you haven't visited yet, check here for more information: Martin Exhibits

John James Audubon (1785-1851) was an artist, ornithologist, and naturalist. He was known for his illustrations of birds throughout the Americas. Audubon's most famous collection “Birds of America” was printed in 1827 and 1838. His extensive work with illustrations and water-color paintings are significant examples of early book arts.

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If you’d like to explore Audubon’s works more we have several resources in the libraries general collections and a few items in our special collections.

  • 2 volume set of “The original water-color paintings by John James Audubon for The birds of America” published by Houghton Mifflin Co. in 1966 (this is a full series of color plates, includes quotations from Audubon’s Ornithological biography, and is housed in Central Libraries Special Collections)
  • A limited edition reproduction of “The birds of America” published by Macmillan in 1937 (first reproduced as an octavo edition, includes parts of the country for the various species, and is housed in the Central Libraries Special Collections)


The Audubon Society offers more information on their continued work and access to online images.

You can access these materials by arranging a visit with our special collections staff! To make an appointment, please visit our web page:

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