Karen Cook

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University of Kansas

My academic background in art history and geography (specializing in cartography and its history) supported my PhD dissertation research about the role of color on lithographic maps in 19th-century geographical journals. Thereafter, experience as a geological cartographer followed by employment as a curator in the British Library Map Library led me to study the transition from hand to printed color on 19th-century geological maps. Presently, as a Special Collections Librarian in Spencer Library at the University of Kansas, I curate illustrated manuscripts and books, among which the color-illustrated 18th- and 19th-century ornithological books have become a particular interest.