The free, downloadable adult coloring books that the New York Academy of Medicine solicits from museums and university and state libraries for its # ColorOurCollections celebration each February enliven our month far more than any Valentine or Presidents Day sale.
They’re not just a great way to while away winter’s last gasp.
They’re also a wonderful portal for discovering cultural institutions that have thusfar flown beneath our radar, owing to size, geography, and/or field of study.
It’s up to each institution to determine what – and how much – to include.
Some color inside the lines by sticking to the subject for which they’re best known. Most take more of a mixed bag approach, flinging a variety of fascinating, unrelated images at the wall and seeing what sticks.
Some offerings are but a single page. Others will have you wearing your
crayons to nubs.
With 101 participating organizations, it can be difficult to know where to start.
Maybe we can help…
Is medicine your thing?
If so, you’re in luck. By our reckoning, that’s the most popular subject, though it spans a broad range, from line drawings of flowering medicinal plants and a reproduction of a
1998 American Society of Anesthesiologists coloring book for pediatric patients, to flayed cadavers and harrowing surgical vignettes from centuries gone by.
The pages below come compliments of
Stanford Medical History Center’s Lane Library, McGill University’s Osler Library of the History of Medicine, and Truhlsen-Marmor Museum of the Eye, the only free, public museum dedicated to the fascinating science of sight.
Is architecture more your area of interest?
Glessner House, Western University, and the University of Barcelona have plans for you!
Does coloring make your nostalgic for childhood?
South Carolina State Library, the University of Calgary, and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee have you covered with charming illustrations from Hans Andersen’s Fairy Tales and Wonder Stories, and Dr. Dolittle’s Circus, Heroes of the Kalevala
Do you have only a few minutes to spare…or a preschooler in need of simpler graphics?
We get it, and so do the
Université Toulouse Jean Jaurès, the Bibliothèque municipale de Soissons, and the Harvard Art Museums.
It’s always a joy to see who’s behind the year’s freakiest image.
This year, our vote goes to the
Bibliothèque Mazarine, France’s oldest public library, but feel free to put forth other candidates in the comments section
Begin your explorations of 2022’s coloring books . See how others have colored these pages by exploring the hashtag #ColorOurCollections on social media. here
2022’s Participating Institutions
New York Academy of Medicine Library
AIA Nashville Society & Nashville Parthenon
American Geographical Society Library – UW Milwaukee
Biblioteca de la Universidad de Zaragoza
Bibliothèque interuniversitaire de Santé – Université de Paris
Bibliothèque Les Champs Libres
Bibliothèque d’étude et de conservation de Besançon
La Bibliothèque Mazarine
Bibliothèque multimédia intercommunale d’Épinal
Bibliothèque municipale de Soissons
Bibliothèque nationale de France
The Burke Library at Union Theological Seminary (Columbia University Libraries)
The Burylin Ivanovo Museum of Local History
Central Children’s Library of Belgorod District
Centralna pravosodna knjižnica – Supreme Court of the Republic of Slovenia Central Judicial Library
CEP Santa Cruz de Tenerife
CollEx études ibériques, Université Toulouse Jean Jaurès
Captain Cook Memorial Museum
CRAI Library at University of Barcelona
Denver Botanic Gardens
DiMenna-Nyselius Library, Fairfield University
Duke University Medical Center Library & Archives
Eton College Library
Fairfield University Art Museum
Free Library of Philadelphia Special Collections Division
Harvard Art Museums
Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts
Jeleniogórskie Centrum Informacji i Edukacji Regionalnej Książnica Karkonoska
Kentucky Historical Society
Leonard H. Axe Library, Pittsburg State University
Libraries and Cultural Resources, University of Calgary
Library of the Czech Academy of Sciences
Library of Virginia
Lithuanian National Museum of Art
Maine State Library
Mann Library, Cornell University
Massachusetts Eye and Ear, Abraham Pollen Archives
Massachusetts General Hospital Archives & Special Collections
McGill Library (Osler Library of the History of Medicine)
Médiathèque Jacques-Chirac, Troyes Champagne Métropole
Medical Heritage Library
Miejska Biblioteka Publiczna w Sosnowcu
Moody Medical Library
Museum of the Order of St. John
National Library of Medicine (NLM)
National Museum – Palace of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania
New Jersey State House
North Carolina Museum of Art
Northern Illinois University
Princeton University Library
Providence College Archives & Special Collections, Phillips Memorial Library
Richardson-Sloane Special Collections Center, Davenport Public Library
Robert C. Williams Museum of Papermaking
Royal College of Physicians London
Royal Horticultural Society Libraries
Rutgers University Special Collections and University Archives
Saint Francis de Sales Parish History Archives Coloring Book 2022
Seton Hall University Libraries
SHSU Special Collections, Newton Gresham Library
Smithsonian Libraries and Archives
South Carolina State Library
Stanford Medical History Center, Lane Library
Stanford University Libraries
State Universal Scientific Library of Krasnoyarsk Territory
Subcarpathian Digital Library
Swedenborg Library of Bryn Athyn College
Toronto Public Library
Trinity Hall, Cambridge
Truhlsen-Marmor Museum of the Eye
UCC Library, University College Cork
University of British Columbia Library
University of California San Francisco Archives and Special Collections
University of Dayton Libraries
University of Illinois Chicago Special Collections and University Archives
University of Kansas Libraries
University Library at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
University of Massachusetts Amherst Libraries
University of Nevada, Reno Department of Special Collections and University Archives
Université de Perpignan Via Domitia
University of South Florida Libraries
University of Waterloo Special Collections & Archives
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Special Collections
U.S. Department of the Interior Museum
Washington State Library
Western University Archives and Special Collections
West Virginia & Regional History Center
William L. Clements Library
Women and Leadership Archives, Loyola University Chicago
Wood Library-Museum of Anesthesiology
Yaroslavl Regional Universal Scientific Library named after N. A. Nekrasov
– Ayun Halliday is the Chief Primatologist of the East Village Inky zine and author, most recently, of Creative, Not Famous: The Small Potato Manifesto . Follow her @AyunHalliday .