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Photo Gallery: Celebrating Audubon's Birthday with Special Collections’ Million-Dollar Page Turner

Story posted April 27, 2011

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Nneka Nnatubeugo ’14 looks through Aubudon's Birds of America in search of the next page to be displayed.

While Google observed the birth of naturalist and artist John James Audubon (born April 26, 1785, in what is now Haiti) with a doodle, we observe the occasion with a white-glove affair.

Every couple of weeks, within the climate-controlled confines of the George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives, staffers don gloves to perform a delicate procedure: turning the page of Audubon’s The Birds of America, the ever-displayed "double-elephant folio" said to be worth around $10 million.

View the Bowdoin Daily Sun photo gallery featuring Nneka Nnatubeugo ’14 and Special Collections & Archives Assistant Daniel Hope perusing Audubon's works as they change the displayed page from that of the American flamingo to one depicting a Californian vulture.

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