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Family education and government: a discourse in the Choctaw language.

Family education and government: a discourse in the Choctaw language.

By L. S. Williams. Boston: Printed for the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions, by Crocker & Brewster, 1835.
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Library: Joseph F. Cullman 3rd Library of Natural History

North American Indian languages have been a strong research interest at the Smithsonian virtually since its founding, and SI Libraries holds about 20 published texts in Choctaw, primarily grammars, glossaries, and translations of the Bible. The latter work is particularly interesting in that it seems to be a translation of an early 19th-century English pamphlet on domestic and social life, albeit within a strong religious context. Read More
Ficus genus [Fig trees]

Ficus genus [Fig trees]

By Carl Peter Thunberg. Upsaliæ: apud J. Edman, [1786].
Adoption Amount: $350   Adoption Type: Preserve for the Future
Library: Joseph F. Cullman 3rd Library of Natural History

Figs form an ancient pan-tropical genus of over 850 species of trees and shrubs that are keystone species in rainforest ecosystems. They may have been the first plant cultivated by humans and play an important role in all of the major religions of the world. They are the focus of this university dissertation written by Professor Carl Peter Thunberg. In 18th- and 19th-century Europe, professors wrote the dissertations; the student’s job was to explicate and defend it and pay for its publication. SIL holds dozens of these botanical and zoological papers by the great systematist Carl von... Read More
Fliegen und Siegen stereoscopic viewer and photo

Fliegen und Siegen

By Heinz Orlovius. Munchen: O. Schonstein, 1942.
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Library: National Air and Space Museum Library

Exclusively given to favored military officers and civilians, these stereoscopic (early 3D) photographs of the successful German Luftwaffe aerial operations—key figures and machinery—was published in 1942. The wooden covers serve as storage for the folding metal and glass stereoscopic viewer and over 100 photographs. Read More
Florula ceilanica [Sri Lanka (Ceylon)]

Florula ceilanica [Sri Lanka (Ceylon)]

By Carl Peter Thunberg. Upsaliæ: excudebant Palmblad et c., [1825].
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Library: Joseph F. Cullman 3rd Library of Natural History

Sri Lanka (formerly Ceylon) in the Indian Ocean is a biodiversity hot-spot, with over 3000 endemic species of plants – not just native but known only from the island. New to European science in the 1700s and 1800s, they are the focus of this university dissertation written by Professor Carl Peter Thunberg. In 18th- and 19th-century Europe, professors wrote the dissertations; the student’s job was to explicate and defend it and pay for its publication. SIL holds dozens of these botanical and zoological papers by the great systematist Carl von Linné (Linnaeus) at the University of Uppsala... Read More
Florula javanica [Java]

Florula javanica [Java]

By Carl Peter Thunberg. Upsaliae: Excudebant Palmblad et C., [1825].
Adoption Amount: $350   Adoption Type: Preserve for the Future
Library: Joseph F. Cullman 3rd Library of Natural History

Java, the most populous island on Earth, also has one of the richest and most varied floras in the world. Dominated by a chain of mountains running east-west, its ecosystems range from tropical rainforests to dry savanna. This diversity of plants new to European science is the focus of this university dissertation written by Professor Carl Peter Thunberg. In 18th- and 19th-century Europe, professors wrote the dissertations; the student’s job was to explicate and defend it and pay for its publication. SIL holds dozens of these botanical and zoological papers by the great systematist Carl... Read More
Four years in a government expedition... .

Four years in a government expedition... .

By George M. Colvocoresses. New York: Cornish, Lamport & Co., Publishers, No. 8, Park Place, 1852.
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Library: Joseph F. Cullman 3rd Library of Natural History

Naval officer George Colvocoresses took part in the U.S. Exploring Expedition, 1838-42, and published this account of it based on a journal which he kept. The text covers the entire itinerary of the voyage, describing the lands and peoples visited and a variety of scientific matters; the 19 illustrations include botanical and zoological subjects and scenes of the west coast of North America. Of particular interest is Colvocoresses' participation in the overland leg of the expedition in the Pacific Northwest and California. The U.S. Exploring Expedition's biological and ethnographical... Read More
Cover of From the ground up :  stories of Arizona's mines and early mineral discoveries

From the ground up

By Jack Williams. Douglas, Ariz. : Phelps Dodge Corporation, 1981.
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Library: National Postal Museum Library

Arizona is known for its copper mines. This 30-paged booklet contains 15 fascinating stories about the origins of towns and mines in the state of Arizona, including Havasu mine, Vulture Mine, the Bisbee mines, Harquahala mine, and Orphan mine. Compiled by the 13th Governor of Arizona, John Richard Jack Williams, this book was edited when the Governor was 71. Governor Williams was asked to research these mining stories by the Phelps Dodge Corporation, which celebrated its centennial for Arizona mining in 1981. The company was acquired by another Phoenix company in 2007. Some of these... Read More
Geometriae pars universalis: inserviens quantitatum curvarum transmutationi & mensurae.

Geometriae pars universalis: inserviens quantitatum curvarum transmutationi & mensurae.

By James Gregory. Patavii: Typis Heredum Pauli Frambotti ..., 1668.
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Library: Dibner Library of the History of Science and Technology

Bound with: Gregory, James. Vera circuli et hyperbolae quadratura... Patavii: Typis heredum Pauli Frambotti ..., 1668. Gregory, James. Exercitationes geometricae. Londini: Typis Guilielmi Godbid, & Impensis Mosis Pitt ..., anno 1668. Three major works of Scottish mathematician and astronomer James Gregory, who discovered infinite series representations for a number of trigonometry functions, although he is mostly remembered for his description of the first practical reflecting telescope, now known as the Gregorian telescope. "Of British mathematicians of the... Read More
Georgii Trapezuntii In Claudii Ptolemaei centum aphorismos commentarius...

Georgii Trapezuntii In Claudii Ptolemaei centum aphorismos commentarius...

By George. Coloniae: Ioan. Gymnicus excudebat, Anno 1544.
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Library: Dibner Library of the History of Science and Technology

A collection of notable works relating to astrology dealing with body condition, the soul, luck and accidents, and various medical topics all dealt with in terms of their relationship to the stars. The commentator, George Trebizond, a celebrated scholar, became professor of Greek at Venice around 1430 and was later appointed secretary to Pope Eugenius. He wrote numerouos commentaries and translated many Greek books into Latin. Read More
Cover of God's trombones

God's trombones

By James Weldon Johnson. New York: Viking Press, 1927.
Adoption Amount: $300   Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Library

Seven sermons, written in verse, inspired by memories of sermons by black preachers heard by Mr. Johnson in childhood.  They are titled: Listen, Lord; a prayer; The creation; The prodigal son; Go down death; A funeral sermon; Noah built the ark; The crucifixion; Let my people go; and The judgment day.   The book is illustrated by Aaron Douglas, who was best known for his depiction of African-Americans in the 1920s-1930s notably a four panel mural for the New York Public Library entitled “Aspects of Negro Life” in 1934 for the Public Works of Art Project (PWAP).   Read More

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