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Ad epistolam clarissimi viri d. Jacobi Bartschi, ... Praefixam ephemeridi in annum 1629... De computatione et editione ephemeridum.

Ad epistolam clarissimi viri d. Jacobi Bartschi, ... Praefixam ephemeridi in annum 1629... De computatione et editione ephemeridum.

By Johannes Kepler. [Görlitz?]: Typis Saganensibus, anno MDCXXIX [1629].
Adoption Amount: $11,000   Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: Dibner Library of the History of Science and Technology

Rare first edition of this public letter by astronomer Johannes Kepler to the young Jacob Bartsch, and an important biographical source for the astronomer's life and final years. The publication of the Rudolphine Tables in 1627 provided a great stimulus to the calculation of ephemerides, among them one produced by the young Strasburg scholar Jacob Bartsch, Uraniburgum Strasburgicum. In the latter publication, Bartsch offered to collaborate with Kepler, and in the present letter, the elder astronomer accepts and outlines a research program for the future. Read More
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Africa Rising

Berlin: Gestalten, 2016.
Adoption Amount: $250   Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: Warren M. Robbins Library, National Museum of African Art

Africa is rising—fashion, design, wax prints redeux, eco-architecture, floating schools, hammocks in libraries, AK-47s into chairs,  popular culture, récupération, safari lodges, curated dining, LGBT haute couture, Afronauts, sapeurs—where art and design and popular culture collide. Today’s African designers share an unflinching reverence for the past and draw smartly on that heritage in the novelty of their creations. This is not your Africa of yore. Read More
African Americans on stamps

African Americans on Stamps

By Mack Bernard Morant. Jefferson, N.C: McFarland, c2003.
Adoption Amount: $250   Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: National Postal Museum Library

At over two hundred pages long, this hardback book is basically an encyclopedia of African American heroes on postage stamps, both from the United States and around the world. Arranged alphabetically by last name, it provides short bios, followed by black and white illustrations of each postage stamp. The stamps are numbered, and references to the numbered stamps are in the bios. For example, Michael Jordan, illustration #289, Tanzania postage stamp. In the center of the book, to the reader’s delight, are sixteen pages of color plates, which vividly depict the United States Postal... Read More
African Americans on stamps

African Americans on Stamps: A Celebration of African-American Heritage

By United States Postal Service. Washington, D.C.: United States Postal Service, 2004.
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Library: National Postal Museum Library

This thin, thirty-paged color booklet was published by the United States Postal Service thirteen years ago. The Black Heritage stamp series began in 1978, and ever since then, African American heroes and heroines have been honored on postage stamps. The Citizens Stamp Advisory Committee, CSAC, votes on which candidate will be the next postage stamp. Harriet Tubman was the first Black Heritage postage stamp. This booklet is arranged alphabetically from A to Z beginning with the dancer Alvin Ailey and ending with Presidential Medal of Freedom winner Whitney Moore Young. Read More
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African-American Pioneers in Anthropology

Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1999.
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Library: John Wesley Powell Library of Anthropology

This book highlights the lives, works, and accomplishments of African American scholars in recent history whose work is influential in the field of anthropology. The contributions of these scholars vary, ranging from the cultural impacts of Zora Neale Hurston’s field works and writings to Caroline Bond Day and her research in physical anthropology. Each chapter focuses on a specific person, discussing both their biography and their scholarly work. This book is important to the collection as documentation of the diversity within anthropology, as well as a thorough biographical resource... Read More
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Africanisms in the Gullah Dialect

By Lorenzo Dow Turner. Columbia: University of South Carolina Press, c2002,
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Library: Anacostia Community Museum Library

This is a new edition of Turner's original 1949 masterpiece, which was a seminal work in Afrocentric linguistics. Arranged like a dictionary, it has Gullah words on the left side of each page, and the corresponding West African words on the right side. Gullah is a language spoken by the eponymous people descended from former slaves in the coastal regions of South Carolina and Georgia. Pioneering linguist Lorenzo Dow Turner also uses this book to discuss the distinctively Gullah way of writing. Examining this book, a reader can easily see how the African languages changed into Gullah, a... Read More
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Afro-Americans in Dentistry

By Clifton O. Dummett & Lois D. Dummett. Los Angeles: C. Dummett, c1978.
Adoption Amount: $450   Adoption Type: Preserve for the Future
Library: Smithsonian Libraries Research Annex

African American dental practices were first documented in 18th century, when dentistry was a crude trade learned by apprenticeship to perform necessary extractions. Extramural dentistry is the practice of exercising dental expertise outside of the institution and bringing dental care and education into the community. In this book, Clifford O. Dummett, D.D.S., and Lois Doyle Dummett, B.A., thread together the milestones and contributions of African American dental history. This historical overview addresses such issues as race, segregation, education, and how community dentistry is a... Read More
Henry Tanner - Disciples See Christ Walking on the Water

After Whistler

New Haven: High Museum of Art, c2003.
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Library: Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Library

Travel to Paris was a prerequisite for aspiring American painters of the late nineteenth century. Henry Ossawa Tanner (1859-1937), an African American painter born in Pittsburg, was among the throng of artists to journey there. Tanner decided to become a painter at the age of thirteen after seeing an artist painting outdoors in a park in Philadelphia. In 1897, Tanner enrolled in the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts where he studied under Thomas Eakins (1844-1916). By 1891, he had arrived in Paris and enrolled in the Académie Julian, his study funded by Atlanta-based patrons Bishop... Read More
Algorithmus linealis numerationem additionem subtractionem duplationem, mediationem, multiplicationem, divisionem, et progessionem una cum regula de tri per stringens.

Algorithmus linealis numerationem additionem subtractionem duplationem, mediationem, multiplicationem, divisionem, et progessionem una cum regula de tri per stringens.

By Heinrich Auerbach. [Leipzig]: Impressum Liptzk p[er] ... Martinu[m] Lanssburgk Herbipolensem ..., 1512.
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Library: Dibner Library of the History of Science and Technology

One of the earliest treatises on calculation by the aid of counters on an abacus. In the dedication Heinrich Stromer von Auerbach (1482-1542) refers to Aristotle and Boethius. There is a brief introduction on the use of counters or projectiles, then the work covers addition, subtraction, duplication, mediation, multiplication, division, progression, and the rule of three. Read More
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American big-game hunting; the book of the Boone and Crockett club

By Theodore Roosevelt. New York: Forest and stream publishing co., 1893.
Adoption Amount: $500   Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: National Museum of Natural History Library

This is the first in a series of books associated with the Boone and Crockett Club, an organization founded by Theodore Roosevelt, George Bird Grinnell, and others. The Boone and Crockett Club was dedicated to balancing both the conservation of wildlife and natural resources and the preservation of hunting traditions. This volume consists of tales of adventures in the western parts of nineteenth-century America in which each author describes a hunting excursion or shares a personal recollection of exploring the wilderness, frequently involving buffalo, grizzlies, wapitis and other big-... Read More

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