The Catesby Centre Fund
Help the UofSC Mark Catesby Centre preserve and share the works of a pioneering 18th-century adventurer, explorer, naturalist and artist.
Intrigued by the opportunity to document wildlife largely unknown to Europeans, Mark Catesby set sail from England to the colonies in 1712.
The Mark Catesby Centre at UofSC is working to digitally preserve and freely share online his resulting publication, The Natural History of Carolina, Florida and the Bahama Islands, with students and scholars around the world, but we need your help now to continue this important work.
A self-taught naturalist with no formal education, Catesby spent years trekking through present-day Virginia, Georgia, the Carolinas, West Indies and Bahamas, making sketches and taking notes on the animals, plants and environments he was enthralled to discover.
UofSC Libraries holds a complete set of Catesby’s publications -- the first work to document the exotic species of birds, fish, animals, insects and plants of the Southeast and tropics. Catesby’s work predated even that of John James Audubon by nearly 100 years.
We urgently need your support to make Catesby’s works available online for students and scholars at UofSC and around the world. We’re scanning each page of artwork and text descriptions, and we're building databases to make the entire contents searchable and freely available to everyone. With your help, we can make sure these valuable resources are shared with everyone who wants to learn from them.
We hope you join us by supporting the Catesby Centre Fund today.