The Cult of Seaweed

Tuesday, August 15, 2017 - 9:45am to Friday, September 15, 2017 - 5:00pm

 British SeaweedsAn exhibit in the 1st floor lobby/research commons of the UCLA Louise M. Darling Biomedical Library for late August and early September puts the BIO in Biomed and elicits the age-old exclamations: Well, Well, and What Have We Here; or, Who Knew We Had That!?

  • Beautiful Seaweeds, Illustrated by Natural Specimens (1878)
  • Phycotheca boreali-americana: A Collection of Dried Specimens of the Algae of North America (1895-1915)
  • ...and more on the 4th Floor

We don't actually have the book, at left, here at Biomed (it's at Library Special Collections-YRL); but it served as the inspiration for Beautiful Seaweeds

Louise M. Darling Biomedical Library

1st floor lobby

The Cult of Seaweed, a kind-of recent story about the 19th century pastime of collecting saltwater algae, appearing one Sunday in The New York Times Style Magazine, led us to dig up a couple of our collections of dried, pressed specimens. Come and see Beautiful seaweeds, illustrated by natural specimens: also, instructions for collecting and mounting marine algae and a list of all the British species (1878) and Phycotheca boreali-americana: a collection of dried specimens of the algae of North America (1895-1915).

An “Open the (Exhibit) Cases” opportunity to view the algae close-up and quiz the curator will be held in the 1st floor lobby/research commons of the Biomedical Library at 1:00 pm on Friday, August 25th. Please join us then!

This exhibit is part of an occasional series, Well, Well, and What Have We Here, which draws on hidden and unknown items from the historical collections.

On the 4th floor, in the public reading room, are a couple of our much-shown favorite 18th-century copperplate engravings: Clara the Rhinoceros by Albinus and Gamelin’s skeleton-peeking-at-book. But wait, there’s even more …


Biomedical Library (Louise M. Darling)