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Cover of Arizona: The Land of Sunshine and Silver

Arizona : the land of sunshine and silver, health and prosperity, the place for ideal homes

By John A. Black. Phoenix, Ariz: Republican Book and Job Print, c1890.
Adoption Amount: $250   Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: National Museum of American History Library

In 1890, Arizona Territory had its own Commissioner of Immigration, John A. Black, who wrote this piece to extol the virtues and resources of the territory. In his profile of Cochise County, for example, he says, “In the last six years the County has been entirely redeemed from the wild reputation it before bore as a region terrorized by Apaches and equally wild cowboys… The petulant pop of the pistol is no longer heard, and, while the excitement of the boom days of yore may be missed… there remains the solid enterprise and the substantial progress that marks the thrifty community and... Read More
Title page of English Table Glass

English table glass

By Percy H. Bate. London: B.T. Batsford , [1905?].
Adoption Amount: $500   Adoption Type: Preserve for the Future
Library: National Museum of American History Library

Percy Bate was born in Manchester in 1868.  In addition to English Table Glass, he authored several books on portraiture and other forms of art.  He was Secretary of the Royal Glasgow Institute of Fine Arts and later Director of Aberdeen Municipal Art Gallery and Museum.  In English Table Glass, he uses photographs and descriptions to highlight many examples from spirit glasses to candlesticks.  Bate covers table glass from the 16th through the 18th century, but some of his advice—such as how to identify fakes—applies to researchers and collectors today. This volume... Read More
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Josiah Wedgwood and his pottery

By William Burton. London, New York [etc.]: Cassell and Company, ltd, 1922.
Adoption Amount: $1,050   Adoption Type: Preserve for the Future
Library: National Museum of American History Library

This volume includes biographical information on Josiah Wedgwood as well as a history of the Wedgwood Pottery and its wares. Wedgwood started producing pottery in about 1759 and is credited with the industrialization of pottery manufacturing. His unique glazes, including the classic jasper, distinguished his pottery from others of the period. Wedgwood pottery became popular not only in England but all throughout Europe and America. The author of this volume worked as a chemist at Wedgwood for five years, and his passion for the company and its pottery comes through in his writing.... Read More
Cover of Leslie's Photographic Review of the Great War

Leslie's Photographic Review of the Great War

By Edgar Allen Forbes. New York City: Leslie-Judge Company, [c1919].
Adoption Amount: $650   Adoption Type: Preserve for the Future
Library: National Museum of American History Library

Leslie's Weekly was an American illustrated literary and news magazine founded in 1852 and published until 1922. This special publication includes many photographs, illustrations, and stories culled from its coverage of World War I. It features a section written by General John J. Pershing about his own experiences during the War, and a reprinting of “Why America Entered the War,” an address delivered on April 2, 1917 by President Woodrow Wilson. With 2017 marking the 100th anniversary of U.S. active participation in World War I, this book offers a look back at one of the most... Read More
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Motor-Car Principles

By Roger B. Whitman. New York, London: D. Appleton and Company, 1910.
Adoption Amount: $550   Adoption Type: Preserve for the Future
Library: National Museum of American History Library

Back in 1910 when you had to specify that an automobile used gasoline (as opposed to being a steam or electric powered vehicle), this very useful guide not only explained how your new vehicle worked but also had chapters on “Locating Trouble” – such as overheating, strange noises, and “engine starts well but comes to a stop” – and “Maintenance and Construction” – including adjusting the carburetor and washing the car. The book contains over 70 detailed illustrations showing the various components of a gasoline engine. The author, Roger B. Whitman, was the Technical Director of the New... Read More
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Notes on Examination of the Effects and Various Objects Found on German Soldiers

Washington, DC: Govt. Print. Off, 1917.
Adoption Amount: $350   Adoption Type: Preserve for the Future
Library: National Museum of American History Library

The year 2017 marks the centennial anniversary of the United States’ involvement in World War I. This 1917 government publication, marked "Secret and confidential [now scratched out in red]; Not to be taken into front line trenches," provides a tiny window into life on the battlefield. Designed to help military staff on the front lines collect and analyze personal effects from captured German soldiers, it explains the importance of seemingly mundane items like postcards or letters in indicating where entire units of the German Army were located. It also includes fascinating drawings of... Read More
Cover of The Cowboy Boot Book

The cowboy boot book

By Tyler Beard ; photographs by Jim Arndt. Salt Lake City: Peregrine Smith Books, 1992.
Adoption Amount: $250   Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: National Museum of American History Library

Nothing says Southwestern style like a great pair of cowboy boots! This book from the Costume collection at the National Museum of American History Library gives information on the “anatomy” of a cowboy boot along with descriptions of the different materials used in their manufacture. The author tells a lively history of the bootmaking industry and features a number of well-known bootmakers. The artful photography of Jim Arndt showcases the wide variety and enduring appeal of American cowboy boots. Read More
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The Curiosities of Ale & Beer

By John Bickerdyke. London: Swan Sonnenschein, 1889.
Adoption Amount: $550   Adoption Type: Preserve for the Future
Library: National Museum of American History Library

In the words of the author himself, this tome is responsible for "the bringing to light of many curious facts, so far as I am aware, never before noticed" about the role of ale and beer in the history of mankind. Starting in ancient Egypt, Bickerdyke traces the evolution of beer and brewing up through the late 1800s. Along the way, he illuminates nearly every facet of beer’s colorful saga -- ancient recipes, hops and malt, beer laws and regulations, drinking customs, beer songs and ballads, "ale-wives," inns and taverns, porter and stout, ancient drinking vessels, brewers of old London... Read More
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The Future of the American Negro

By Booker T. Washington. Boston: Small, Maynard & Company, 1901, [c1899].
Adoption Amount: $500   Adoption Type: Preserve for the Future
Library: National Museum of American History Library

Born a slave on a Virginia farm in 1856, Booker T. Washington became the most prominent Black educator and an important voice on race in America during the late 1800s and early 1900s. The Future of the American Negro, written by Washington in 1899, outlines his ideas on the history of enslaved and freed African American people and their need for education to advance themselves. In one chapter, the author discusses the founding of the Tuskegee Institute in Alabama in 1881, which he would lead until his death in 1915.  This 1901 edition was funded by the John F. Slater Fund for... Read More
Cover of The Homes of America

The Homes of America

By Martha J. Lamb. New York: D. Appleton and Company, c.1879.
Adoption Amount: $1,350   Adoption Type: Preserve for the Future
Library: National Museum of American History Library

Described by the Literary World Magazine of 1880 as a “superb holiday volume” and printed on toned paper with a gold deckle edge, this volume is illustrated with engravings of many well-known, and not so well-known, American homes. Not surprisingly, it features a detailed description of the White House, as well as an image of the presidential mansion as the book’s frontispiece. The homes of some Founding Fathers are also highlighted, as are homes of writers like Emerson, Longfellow, and Washington Irving. It even has a section on the childhood home of Louisa May Alcott, which... Read More

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