Karen Severud Cook

Special Collections Librarian, Kenneth Spencer Research Library
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Karen Severud Cook has been a Special Collections Librarian in Kenneth Spencer Research Library (KSRL) since 2001. Given her BA in Art History and MS and PhD in Geography, it is not surprising that she especially enjoys KSRL’s Orbis Collection of early maps and Ellis Collection of beautifully illustrated natural history books. She recently directed a three-year National Endowment for the Humanities project to digitize the centerpiece of the Ellis collection, nearly 50 large-format ornithological books published in Victorian England by John Gould, as well as 2000 associated preparatory drawings, watercolors and proofs. .Her own research and publications concern the history of map design and reproduction, early exploration and mapping of Australia, and Douglas County, Kansas during the Territorial and Civil War periods.

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