In the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, wallcharts were an extremely popular educational tool and a universal means of communication in different subject areas and for different levels of expertise, as higher education opened its doors to the masses.
The project to digitize wallcharts produced for the University of Padua’s science departments was conceived to make these documents accessible, as they not only provide a record of an era and an educational method but also often possess particular artistic merit. The first 194 wallcharts were digitized in 2013 and illustrate topics in the fields of zoology, physics, chemistry, palaeontology and geology. The programme to recover these historic materials developed as teaching aids continues apace, and the collections are sure to increase in size and importance.
Wallcharts from the Department of Biology: a collection of 95 anonymous wallcharts commissioned by the department’s teaching staff.
Zoologische Wandtafeln herausg. v. Dr. R. Leuckart: a collection of 29 wallcharts by German zoologist Rudolf Leuckart (1822–1898).
Dr. R. Leuckart und Dr. Nitsche: Zoologische Wandtafeln: a collection of 31 wallcharts overseen by German zoologists Rudolf Leuckart (1822–1898) and Hinrich Nitsche (1845–1902).
Zoologische Wandtafeln by Dr. Paul Pfurtscheller: a collection of 18 wallcharts created by Austrian professor Paul Pfurtscheller (1855–1927).
Remy Perrier & Cépède collection: 16 wallcharts by French zoologists Remy Perrier (1861–1936) and Casimir Cépède (1882–1954).
Palaeontologische Wandtafeln: a collection of 64 wallcharts published by palaeontologist Karl Alfred von Zittel (1839–1904).
A collection of wallcharts from the Department of Physics and Astronomy. 22 educational wallcharts, covering physics, geophysics and chemistry, by various authors.
Bopp's Wandtafeln fur Physik: a collection of 6 wallcharts from the collection entitled Wandtafeln fur Physik, by Professor Carl Bopp (1833–1904) housed in the Via Marzolo branch of the Department of Physics and Astronomy.
A collection of geo-paleontological educational wallcharts: the wallcharts, drawn by an unknown hand in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century, are by an anonymous author in the late 1800s and early 1900s and preserved at the Library of Geosciences.
The collection can also be accessed via Europeana.