Proteus Gowanus is pleased to announce a Migration collaboration with The Brooklyn Museum Libraries and Archives. The Museum has loaned us a facsimile excerpt of an archive manuscript by Wallace Goold Levison, written in the early 20th C. for a book (never completed) on the early history of the Brooklyn Institute, the Museum’s predecessor. The notes recount a fascinating account of the Institute’s role in importing the English sparrow to Brooklyn in the 1850’s, a tale who’s outcome is visible to us every time we go outdoors. To see the bibliographic citation that tells more about the manuscript, click here.
As an off-site collaboration with the Migration year at Proteus, the Brooklyn Museum Libraries and Archives has also created a small Migration library of its own books which is on view in the Brooklyn Museum Library Reading Room. The Migration library contains some of the Museum’s books on birds and migration, including The Language of the birds: tales, texts, & poems of interspecies communication; The life and lore of the bird in nature, art, myth, and literature; Birds in Mogul art and many more. The Library’s Reading Room is open to the public Wednesdays through Fridays 11-4:30. To see a bibliography of the books selected for the Museum’s Migration library, click here. Come visit and see these books and get acquainted with the treasure of BMLA.