The Brenau University Trustee Library opened the doors of its Rare Books Room for a private meeting on Monday, Jan. 9, between members of the Gainesville Garden Club and Dr. Delano Mixon, who donated a rare anthology titled “Birds of America” by John James Audubon to the university’s collection.
Audubon was an ornithologist, naturalist and painter. He studied, documented and painted all types of North American birds in the series “Birds of America,” which dates back to 1827. Brenau is one of only 13 libraries in the United States that have copies of the four-volume, leather-bound double elephant folio, 1985 commemorative edition of Audubon´s work. The Mixons gave the complete four-volume set, which contains 435 full-sized prints, to the Brenau library in 1993.
Collection Development Librarian Benji Barton gave the members of the Gainesville Garden Club, a social and charitable organization, a tour of the Rare Books Room and some history of the donated works within, while Barton and Mixon discussed the history of the Audubon books and how Mixon came to collect them.
Barton said it was a treat to have Mixon in the rare books room to share his extensive knowledge of the books, the paintings and Audubon himself.