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John James Audubon Collection

Collection Description

This collection includes a set of Audubon's huge double-elephant folio Birds of America, published in parts between 1828 and 1838, purchased for the College by special vote of the South Carolina legislature. Only 200 sets of this work were printed, and fewer than 130 complete sets, with all 435 plates, now survive. Birds of America was among the greatest treasures of the antebellum South Carolina College library.

The 2001 exhibit Audubon and Others included materials from this collection.