|Academy Library staff
in the Mailliard Library.
Thomas J. Nevins, an Academy founder, becomes the first Librarian.
After the Great Earthquake, editorial assistant
Mary Hyde works with Director Loomis to save the Academys
original proceedings and earliest records before flames engulf
the building. The Library is the first section of the Academy
The new Mailliard Library opens, our first space specifically
designed to function as a Library.
Edward E. Hills bequeaths the Edward E. Hills and Florence
Hopkins Hills Collection of rare botanical and ornithological
works including 440 bound volumes and more than 500 prints.
The collection includes the Audubon Birds of America double
The Biodiversity Resource Center opens on the museum floor.
The Library initiates the Manzanita Project, a digital image
database currently holding over 18,000 digital images, and
receiving 14,000 searches per day.
Biology | Botany
| Steinhart Aquarium
| Information in Support of Research and Education
The Academy Library is the oldest, continually operating, scientific
library in the American West. It houses rare books, maps, and works
of art in addition to the most up-to-date international science
publications and information technology.
Books Link 19th Century Science to Today's Research
Curator Terry Gosliner discovered what he thought was a new species
of mollusk, a large orange nudibranch. When he looked to older literature,
he found its description in an 1852 monograph by Augustus Gould. The
nudibranch had not been recorded in the scientific literature since
then, said Gosliner, who redescribed it in a recent paper.
The Biodiversity Resource Center
During the past year, more than 3,100 questions were answered in the
Center. Begun as a collaboration between the Library and the Exhibits
Department to increase awareness about biodiversity, the Center serves
as a bridge between the visitor and Academy research. To better serve
the needs of 21st century museum learners, the Center will soon expand
to become a Naturalist Center offering access to specimens and hands-on
laboratory programs with science educators..
Since 1906 the Academy Library and Archives have grown to hold 210,000
books, 2,700 current journal titles, 500 manuscript collections,
25,000 maps and over 300,000 images. The Library shares its resources
with the worldwide scientific community through journal exchanges,
interlibrary loans and reference support.