Hill Ornithology Collection (Cornell University Library)

Mark Catesby, Magnolia Lauri folio, Subtus Albicante.; The Sweet Flowering Bay.; Coccothraustes caeruleus.; The blue Grosbeak, printed 1771. Image and data from Hill Ornithology Collection, Cornell University Library

The Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library, has contributed approximately 265 images -- highlights from the Hill Ornithology Collection -- to the Artstor Digital Library. 

The Hill Ornithology Collection focuses on North American birds and includes color plate books and other works related to ornithology from the 16th to 19th centuries. A highlight of the Collection, which was developed from the private library Kenneth E. and Dorothy V. Hill, is a double-elephant folio of John James Audubon's Birds of America. While the Collection's primary goal is to document the pre-1900 development of ornithology as a science and bird illustration as an art form, with particular emphasis in North American ornithology, its holdings also encompass 20th-century publications and ornithological books from all over the world. 

The Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections at Cornell is located in the Carl A. Kroch Library (named for the bookseller and alumnus) and designed especially for the storage of rare materials. Opened in 1992, the Division includes more than half a million printed volumes, and in excess of 80 million manuscripts, and 1 million photographs, paintings, prints, and other visual media. Two additional collections from the Division are available in Artstor: the Andrew Dickson White Architectural Photographs Collection, and Southeast Asia Visions: John M. Echols Collection.