Suggested Reading

John James Audubon in America Collection

Go to the LSU Libraries catalog to search for works written by and about John James Audubon. Some titles, as noted in the catalog records, are available in full-text online through a third party institutional source. 

A complete guide to our holdings on Audubon is available here.

Selected works:

Audubon, John James. John James Audubon’s Journal of 1826: The Voyage to The Birds of America. Ed. Daniel Patterson. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2011.

Audubon, John James. The Missouri River Journals of John James Audubon. Ed. Daniel Patterson. Lincoln : University of Nebraska Press, 2016.

Blaugrund, Annette. The Watercolors for The Birds of America. New York: Villard Books, 1993.

Butler, Charles T. ed. Audubon's Last Wilderness Journey: The Viviparous Quadrupeds of North America. London, UK : D Giles Limited ; Auburn, Alabama: Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art, Auburn University, 2018.

Corning, Howard, ed. Letters of John James Audubon, 1826-1840. Boston: The Club of Odd Volumes, 1930.

Davies, Jacqueline. The Boy Who Drew Birds: A Story of John James Audubon. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Co., 2004.

Forkner, Ben, ed. Audubon on Louisiana: Selected Writings of John James Audubon. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 2018.

Fries, Waldemar H. The Double Elephant Folio: The Story of Audubon's Birds of America. Amherst, Massachusetts:  Zenaida Publishing, 2006.

Hart-Davis, Duff. Audubon's Elephant. London: Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2003.

Heitman, Danny. A Summer of Birds: John James Audubon at Oakley House. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 2008.

Heitman, Danny. "John James Audubon and the American Presidency." White House History 34 (Fall 2013): 44-533.

"John James Audubon, the Naturalist." The Illustrated Magazine of Art 3, no. 17 (1854): 305-07.

Lewis, Andrew. A Democracy of Facts: Natural History in the Early Republic. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2011.

Lindsay, Debra. Maria Martin's World: Art & Science, Faith & Family in Audubon's America. Tuscaloosa : The University of Alabama Press, 2018.

Low, Susanne M. A Guide to Audubon's Birds of America: A Concordance Containing Current Names of the Birds, Plate Names with Descriptions of Plate Variants, a Description of the Bien Edition, and Corresponding Indexes. New Haven, Connecticut: William Reese Co. & Donald A. Heald, 2002.

Low, Susanne M. An Index and Guide to Audubon's Birds of America. New York: Abbeville Press, 1988.

Nobles, Gregory. John James Audubon: The Nature of the American Woodsman. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2017.

Olson, Roberta J. M. "The ‘Early Birds’ of John James Audubon." Master Drawings 50, no. 4 (2012): 439-94. 

Olson, Roberta J. M. Audubon's Aviary: The Original Watercolors for The Birds of America. New York: New-York Historical Society, 2012.

Partridge, Linda Dugan. “By the Book: Audubon and the Tradition of Ornithological Illustration.” Huntington Library Quarterly 59, no. 2/3 (1996): 269-301.

Prince, Sue Ann, ed. Stuffing Birds, Pressing Plants, Shaping Knowledge: Natural History in North America 1730-1860. Philadelphia: American Philosophical Society, 2003.

Riely, Elizabeth Gawthrop. "John James Audubon's Tastes of America." Gastronomica 11, no. 2 (2011): 29-37. 

Tyler, Ronnie C. Audubon's Great National Work: The Royal Octavo Edition of The Birds of America. Austin: W. Thomas Taylor, 1993.


Brown, John Gregory. Audubon's Watch: A Novel. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2001.

Grolleau, Fabien and Jérémie Royer. Audubon: On the Wings of the World. London: Nobrow, 2016.