Originally posted at ouhos.org, the now-discontinued blog of the OU History of Science Collections. Neither this post nor any of its content should be taken as an official communication of the University of Oklahoma.
A new display, Winter Holidays, opens today. This exhibit in the lobby of the History of Science Collections offers numerous seasonal items for view, drawn from the History of Science Collections, the John and Mary Nichols Rare Books and Special Collections, and the Bizzell Bible Collection of the University of Oklahoma Libraries.
Themes include mistletoe and holly, Santa Claus and reindeer, Christmas on H.M.S. Beagle, Hanukkah, Winter Solstice, Stars of Winter, the Magi, the Nativity, Stories of Christmas, Snow, and Christmas scientific lectures. Featured items include first editions and rare works by Johann Kepler, Galileo Galilei, Charles Dickens, Robert Louis Stevenson, an illuminated manuscript book of hours on vellum, early printed Bibles, celestial atlases and hand-colored herbals.
For more information about the books on display, pick up a brochure when you enter the Collections, or download the brochure here. (Instructors: consider bringing your students to see the exhibit and use the brochure as a self-guided tour.)
No appointment is necessary to view the exhibit. It will be available through the end of the semester. The exhibit is open during the regular hours of the History of Science Collections, which is located on the 5th floor of Bizzell Library. For accommodations on the basis of disability, call 405/325-2741.