Slideshow: Celebrating Audubon’s Birthday with Special Collections’ Million-Dollar Page Turner

While Google observed the birth of naturalist and artist John James Audubon (born April 26, 1785, in what is now Haiti) with a doodle, we observe the occasion with a white-glove affair.

Every couple of weeks, within the climate-controlled confines of the George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives, staffers don gloves to perform a delicate procedure: turning the page of Audubon’s The Birds of America, the ever-displayed “double-elephant folio” said to be worth around $10 million.

In this slideshow, see Nneka Nnatubeugo ’14 and Special Collections & Archives Assistant Daniel Hope peruse Audubon’s works as they change the displayed page from that of the American flamingo to one depicting a Californian vulture.


  1. Mike Coster '57 says:

    Bowdoin is truly blessed to have the Audubon collection–The Birds of America.
    A wonderful treasure.
    Mike Coster 57

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