Currently on display in the Special Collections and Archives Department, is an exhibit featuring rare naturalist illustrations and publications. Located in the three tall glass display cases immediately upon one's left are the following:
1) Color illustrations of insects made by British naturalist Philip Henry Gosse (1810-1888) who arrived in Alabama in 1838 and spent time in the Mt. Pleasant area near Mobile. The exhibit also features Gosse's Letters from Alabama published in London by Morgan and Chase in 1859.
2) Color illustrations of birds by John James Audubon (1785-1851). The exhibit also features Audubon's The Birds of America from the Drawings Made in the United States and their Territories, Third Edition, published in New York by V.G. Audubon in 1859. Gift of the Eugene B. Sledge Family.
3) Several issues featuring color illustrations of plants and flowers in Curtis's Botanical Magazine, the oldest continuously published journal of color illustrations in the world which was established in 1787. The Auburn University Libraries hold a complete run of this journal covering the period 1787-1983.
The Special Collections and Archives Department is located on the Ground Floor of the Ralph Brown Draughon Library.