Posts Tagged ‘Archives and Rare Book Room’

Children’s Summer Camps visits The Archives and Rare Book Room at The Library at The Gardens

Friday, July 26th, 2013

Children’s Summer Camps visits The Archives and Rare Book Room at The Library at The Gardens

During “Passport to Imagination Station” in July, campers visited one of The Gardens’ hidden treasures – The Archives and Rare Book Room. Check out photos of their visit, and visit http://www.bbgardens.org/library-rare.php to learn more! To set up your own visit, email jkirby@bbgardens.org.

New Display in Archives and Rare Book Room

Friday, December 30th, 2011

Here are images of a fascinating display mounted by Jason Kirby, whom oversees our Archives and Rare Book Room in The Library at Birmingham Botanical Gardens. This was on display during our recent Central South Native Plant Conference and illustrated the history of plant collecting. Some of the items displayed included: some rare early florae (books listing all the plants in a given area), press boards (used to press and dry specimens), vascular (tin containers in which to carry live specimens), old herbarium voucher specimens (pressed dried plants kept long-term), and a old lithograph of Karl Linnaeus – “the father of modern taxonomy.” Jason even included a modern microscope through which visitors could examine some of the old pressed specimens.