The Edmund W. Mudge, Jr., Library of Ornithology is housed at our Fair Park facility and contains over 1,500 titles relating to ornithology (the study of birds). Many are rare antique and landmark books, some dated as early as 1536. This extraordinary collection was the gift of the late Dallas philanthropist Edmund W. Mudge, Jr., chairman of Mudge Oil Company and a longtime benefactor of the Museum. The library contains notable works by John James Audubon, Mark Catesby, Daniel Giraud Elliott, Edmund Lear, William Lewin, Conrad Gesner and John Gould. Other great names in ornithology, including Selby, Sharpe and Wilson, are also represented.