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Cover of Arizona /  Isamu Noguchi, Issey Miyake.

Arizona

By Isamu Noguchi and Issey Miyake. [S.l.]: Marugame Genichiro-Inokuma Museum of Contemporary Art, 1997.
Adoption Amount: $325   Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Library

An attractive, slipcased catalog for a collaborative exhibition of sculptor Isamu Noguchi, painter Genichiro Inokuma, and designer Issey Miyake at the Marugame Genichiro-Inokuma Museum of Contemporary Art, highlighting the mutual influence of the three friends and their hybrid Japanese and American cultures. After forming a close friendship in New York City in the 1950s, Noguchi took recent Japanese immigrant Inokuma to Poston, Arizona, the site of an internment camp for Japanese-Americans in World War II where Noguchi lived voluntarily in solidarity with his countryman, despite... Read More
Arizona highways.

Arizona highways - v.20-21 (1944-1945)

[Phoenix: Arizona Department of Transportation], 1944-1945.
Adoption Amount: $500   Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: Smithsonian Libraries Research Annex

“Civilization Follows the Improved Highway.” That was, and still is, the motto of the enduring and always alluring travel magazine Arizona Highways. This copy of volumes 20 and 21 covers 1944-1945. It was first published in the 1925 as an engineering newsletter by the Arizona Highway Department. By the 1930’s, it had segued into a magazine documenting the road construction of the expanding highway system throughout Arizona. In the 1940’s, the magazine excelled as one of the first color-illustrated travel magazines at the forefront color printing technology. ... Read More
Arizona highways.

Arizona highways - v.22-23 (1946-1947)

[Phoenix:: Arizona Department of Transportation], 1946-1947.
Adoption Amount: $500   Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: Smithsonian Libraries Research Annex

“Civilization Follows the Improved Highway.” That was, and still is, the motto of the enduring and always alluring travel magazine Arizona Highways. This copy of volumes 22 and 23 covers 1946-1947. It was first published in the 1925 as an engineering newsletter by the Arizona Highway Department. By the 1930’s, it had segued into a magazine documenting the road construction of the expanding highway system throughout Arizona. In the 1940’s, the magazine excelled as one of the first color-illustrated travel magazines at the forefront color printing technology. ... Read More
Arizona Place Names Cover

Arizona place names

By William Croft Barnes. Tucson: University of Arizona Press, 1935.
Adoption Amount: $250   Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: John Wesley Powell Library of Anthropology

“For more than thirty years the author has been gathering information from old timers, Indians, Mexicans, cowboys, sheep-herders, historians, any and everybody who had a story to tell as to the origin and meaning of Arizona names” begins William Croft Barnes' most well-known work, Arizona Place Names – the product of a lifetime of travel throughout Arizona as a result of his military, political, geographical, and ecological services to the US. The original publication of this indispensable reference work on Arizona toponyms is extremely popular and has been republished many... Read More
Cover of Arizona sketches

Arizona sketches

By J. A. Munk. New York: The Grafton Press, 1905.
Adoption Amount: $250   Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: John Wesley Powell Library of Anthropology

“Arizona is a land that is full of history as well as mystery and invites investigation. It has a fascination that every one feels who crosses its boarder. Paradoxical as it may seem, it is both the oldest and newest portion of our country – the oldest in ancient occupation and civilization and the newest in modern progress.” So states Joseph A. Munk in A Romantic Land, the first chapter, or sketch, in this, his first book about Arizona. Munk became an Arizona enthusiast after visiting the territory for the first time in 1884, and began a life-long obsession with the literature... Read More
Atlas of the Philippine Islands folio book

Atlas of the Philippine Islands

By Manila Observatory. Washington [D.C.]: [U.S.] G.P.O, 1900.
Adoption Amount: $900   Adoption Type: Preserve for the Future
Library: John Wesley Powell Library of Anthropology

This atlas was drawn up in the late 1880s under the supervision of Jesuit Observatory director Fr Joséš Algue, S.J. At a time when no full surveys of the islands existed, the compilers painstakingly worked to collect and verify all available data from residents, travelers, explorers, and the like. Native Philippine draftsmen executed the drawings. When the Philippines was ceded to the U.S. in 1899, the U.S. recognized the project’s value and agreed to publish the work through the U.S. Coastal and Geodetic Survey, redoing some maps and including an introduction and statistical... Read More
Awareness of Love

Awareness of Love

By Rafael F. Squirru. [Washington: H.K. Press, 1966].
Adoption Amount: $3,500   Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: American Art and Portrait Gallery Library

Born in Chile, but settling in the United States in the mid-1960s, Juan Downey explored many different art media. Although he became primarily known for his video art, he also created in other media, including painting, installations, and printmaking. Early in his career he studied in Santiago, Spain and then Paris, France where he focused on printmaking and painting. His early work already shows his interest in energy and concerns with navigating his Latin American heritage with his adopted home and ideals. He is now recognized as one of the earliest adopters of video art which... Read More
Title page of Azores

Azores: A Natural Portrait

By Pedro Cardoso.
Adoption Amount: $250   Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: National Museum of Natural History Library

The Azores, an archipelago of volcanic islands west of Portugal, undoubtedly possesses one of the most unique and ever-changing environments on the planet.  Within these lush and vibrant islands lie flora and fauna never seen before.  In fact, it is not unusual to discover new species on the islands. Unfortunately, these islands are also fragile, and centuries of settlement, deforestation, and the introduction of invasive species have begun wiping out entire species.  In an effort to notify the world of both the Azores’ beauty and the threat facing them, Curator of the Finnish Museum of... Read More
Cover of Baby bird-finder

Baby Bird-Finder

By Harriet E. Richards. Boston, Mass: W.A. Butterfield, 1904-06.
Adoption Amount: $550   Adoption Type: Preserve for the Future
Library: National Museum of Natural History Library

The title may be misleading: these volumes are not how to find baby birds, but rather they are adorable pocket-sized volumes to be used for identifying bird species in New England and other Northeastern states. Volume I covers song birds, such as flycatchers, larks and sparrows; volume II includes water and game birds, hawks, and owls. The illustrations in Volume I are outline sketches but by the time Volume II was published the author was able to use photographs. Blank pages were included in the books so bird watchers could record their own observations. Read More
Illustration by Miguel Covarrubias

Batouala

By Rene Maran. New York: The Limited Editions Club, 1932.
Adoption Amount: $350   Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: Warren M. Robbins Library, National Museum of African Art

René Maran was born in Martinique, educated in France, and served as a colonial administrator in the French colonies of West Africa.  In 1921 he won the Prix Goncourt for Batouala—the first black author to be so honored.  Although in the preface he delivers a blistering critique of French colonial abuse, he asserts that the novel is a story not of black against white but simply of two men in a Banda village fighting over a woman.  The ethnographic details and perceived aesthetic portrayal of African-ness were much appreciated by the intellectuals of the Harlem Renaissance... Read More

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