Ornitological narrative paintings

Case study number: 0006
Case study provider: Thomas Garnett, Smithsonian Institution Libraries. garnettt@si.edu
Case study title: Ornitological narrative paintings
Actor(s): Bruce Shelevey, Ph.D. (Chair of the Department of Geography, History and Political and International Studies, Associate Professor of History), Edward G. Voss (Curator band Professor Emeritus); Virginia Hunt doctoral student
Location(s): BS: Trinity Western University, Canada; EGV: (University of Michigan Herbarium); VH: LSU
Objective: To study ornithological narrative paintings, in particular historical examples in order to determine how these may used by high school and college biology teachers to teach certain key concepts in ecology.
Bruce Shelvey decided together with Edward Voss to prepare a topic on doctoral thesis based on narrative paintings in ornithological books, particularly in the book by Howard Jones: Illustrations of the nests and eggs of birds of Ohio. Circleville, Ohio, 1886. The student Virginia Hunt will make the survey in a large number of ornithological narrative paintings as her doctoral thesis.