The Birds of America

John James Audubon's magnificent The Birds of America — as much artwork as scientific work — is on permanent display in the Audubon Room of the Hatcher Graduate Library, where the page is turned weekly.

Our eight‐volume, double‐elephant folio edition of The Birds of America was the first purchase by the Regents of the University of Michigan for the University Library. The Regents paid $970 for the set, which was an extraordinary expenditure in 1838 and a significant act of faith for a university that had yet to offer a single class or construct its first building.

All eight digitized volumes — 435 images — are presented here.

Audubon Volume 1 - Wild Turkey Audubon Volume 1 - Wild Turkey   Audubon Volume 1 - Wild Turkey Audubon Volume 1 - Wild Turkey
Volume 1.1 Volume 1.2   Volume 2.1 Volume 2.2
         
Audubon Volume 1 - Wild Turkey Audubon Volume 1 - Wild Turkey   Audubon Volume 1 - Wild Turkey Audubon Volume 1 - Wild Turkey
Volume 3.1 Volume 3.2   Volume 4.1 Volume 4.2

You can download free high-resolution images from the National Audubon Society.

Copyright Information

The animation software
The PictureIt 3D animation software used to display these images was done by the University of Michigan and is subject to the Creative Commons license that applies generally to the contents of the University of Michigan Library website.

The underlying images
The book, The Birds of America, by John James Audubon, is in the public domain and is not subject to copyright. 

The digital images
The University Library System at the University of Pittsburgh created the scanned images presented in this animated work from its The Birds of America in its physical collection. The University of Pittsburgh retains ownership and copyright to these images.
      
Contact the University of Pittsburgh, University Library System for inquiries regarding reproduction of the images presented here; the University of Michigan cannot grant those rights based on these scans — whether as print or digital reproductions.

The University of Michigan has the right to use these images only for exhibits on campus and online use, and is unable to make the master image files available to any other entity.

For general inquiries regarding copyright and the University of Michigan, email copyright@umich.edu.

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Last modified: 11/13/2018