Color Me!

A Biomedical "Stressbusters" Activity for 10th Week
Monday, June 5, 2017 - 7:30am to Friday, June 9, 2017 - 6:00pm

Banner image for Color Me Stressbusters event

During the week before Final Exams, the UCLA Library hosts “Stressbuster” activities for students who use the libraries: fruit and coffee breaks; chair massages by professional massage therapists; and cuddle time with therapy dogs.

Last year, we learned that the hot thing nationwide is to provide printed images from a library’s collections and a table-load of crayons or color pencils.

So, at the Biomedical Library, we’re again offering-up a printed and ready-to-color image from our collections. Following in the footsteps of Bess Bruce Cleaveland’s 1926 “Health Poster Patterns” and Metropolitan Life Insurance Company’s 1935 “ABC” health rhymes and illustrations, we offer: a public-domain copy of a 16th century Urine Wheel.

The woodcut presents 20 flasks of urine, labeled according to the color of the urine sample; in the center a doctor diagnoses a patient after examining his urine (the accompanying text is illustrated with woodcuts of individual urine flasks and vignettes of a doctor consulting with and treating patients).

We have two copies of Ulrich Pinder’s Epiphanie Medicorum (Nuremberg, 1506), courtesy of Dr. John A. Benjamin. Copy 1 is plain; copy 2 is hand-colored by or for an early owner. Benjamin, who attended UCLA as an undergraduate when the new campus opened in Westwood in 1929, gave his collection of rare books and manuscripts to his alma mater in the 1960s. Thousands of researchers, students, and other visitors have seen—and many have handled—books from this collection in exhibits, classes, or reading room studying.

The exhibit (which includes coloring books from the historical collections) and coloring activity table will be in the 1st floor lobby/research commons of the UCLA Louise M. Darling Biomedical Library from 5 – 9 June 2017.

The coloring activity sheet includes an English translation of Latin labels for the 20 urine flasks. We are looking forward to feedback as students consider Crayola® equivalents for descriptions such as “Yellow as of a reduced lemon,” “Slightly pale as a not reduced juice of meat,” “Deep blue as very dark wine,” and so forth.

An “Open the (Exhibit) Cases” opportunity to view some of the items close-up and quiz the curator will be held in the 1st floor reading room of the Biomedical Library at 4:00 pm on Friday, June 9th. Please join us then!

Russell Johnson, Curator/Librarian

History & Special Collections for the Sciences, UCLA Library Special Collections


Biomedical Library (Louise M. Darling)