Books Available for Adoption


Books Available for Adoption
Cover of the 1924 edition of Beautiful Gardens in America

Beautiful gardens in America,

By Louise Shelton. New York: C. Scribner's Sons, 1924.
Adoption Amount: $350   Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: Botany and Horticulture Library

Beautiful Gardens in America (both the 1915 and 1924 editions) is Louise Shelton’s most important work and a noted work of twentieth century American gardening and cultural history. This 1924 edition includes 11 color and 274 half-tone photos (a large increase from the 1915 edition) of notable American gardens of the time. Both photos and gardens were carefully selected by the author and cover many regions of the country and varying climatic conditions. The Rocky Mountain region was left out because she thought it was not “in nature open to the cultivation of formal gardens... Read More
Beschreibung einer Elektrisir-Maschine und deren Gebrauch

Beschreibung einer Elektrisir-Maschine und deren Gebrauch

By Georg Christoph Schmidt. Berlin: Verlegts Gottlieb August Lange, 1778.
Adoption Amount: $1,450   Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: Dibner Library of the History of Science and Technology

Second, enlarged and corrected edition of this very scarce tract on the author's electricity machine handsomely illustrated on the folding plates. This machine was used in physics experiments and occasionally for medicinal purposes. Schmidt (1740-1811) is identified as the "court instrument maker" and wrote several additional works on electricity. Read More
Beschreibung eines Ellipsograph

Beschreibung eines Ellipsograph

By Georg Friedrich Parrot. Gotha: In der Ettingerschen Buchhandlung, 1794.
Adoption Amount: $800   Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: Dibner Library of the History of Science and Technology

A superb monograph on the theory, construction and use of a mechanical drawing device to describe ellipses. The author, Georg Friedrich Parrot (1767 – 1852) was a German scientist, the first rector of the Imperial University of Dorpat (University of Tartu), being elected by the University Council consisting of all chaired professors. In this capacity, Parrot skillfully fought for the academic freedom and the self-government of the university, protecting her from the political pressure of Baltic German barons who had been given the right to autonomously govern in the Baltic provinces. The... Read More
Cover of Between Sacred Mountains

Between Sacred Mountains

By Rock Point Community School . Tucson, Ariz: University of Arizona Press, 1984.
Adoption Amount: $250   Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: Vine Deloria, Jr. Library, National Museum of the American Indian

Originally produced and published for the students of the Rock Point Community School in on the Navajo Reservation in northern Arizona, this book became prominent as Volume 11 in the Sun Tracks, a series of contemporary Native American literary works. Between Sacred Mountains portrays Navajo world view based upon the land and how it has sustained the lifeways of the Navajo people. Text and stories are written and told by Navajo traditional knowledge holders, healers, educators, artists, and numerous specialists in the field of Navajo Studies. The text of Between... Read More
Al Thani Collection

Beyond Extravagance

New York, NY: Assouline, 2013.
Adoption Amount: $250   Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Library

This catalog highlights a spectacular collection of Indian jewels owned by the ruling family of Qatar, the House of Thani. Sheikh Hamad bin Abdullah Al Thani acquired a vast collection of Indian jewelry including some the world’s rarest pieces. He now owns a large number of jeweled objects that originally belonged to India’s Mughal rulers. There is no comparable collection .The catalog itself is also quite stunning, with full-page illustrations of exquisitely detailed Mughal miniatures and intricate jeweled objects. The miniature paintings show the objects worn or in use: a turban... Read More
Bible   [in Mohawk]

Bible [in Mohawk]

[New York: Published by the Young Men's Bible Society of New-York, auxiliary to the Bible Society of the Methodist Episcopal Church, 1836].
Adoption Amount: $4,500   Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: Joseph F. Cullman 3rd Library of Natural History

Native American languages have been a central research interest at the Smithsonian since the late 1800s when anthropologist John Wesley Powell founded the Bureau of American Ethnology and (who is he?) James C. Pilling compiled his still-authoritative bibliographies on Native American linguistic families. This volume contains the texts of 17 separately published books of the New Testament in Mohawk: the Gospel of St. John; the Acts of the Apostles; 14 Epistles of Paul, John, James, and Jude; and finally the Revelation of John. H.A. Hill, the translator of some of them, was a Mohawk... Read More
Birth of the Cool

Birth of the Cool

By Barkley L. Hendricks. Durham, N.C: Nasher Museum of Art, c2008.
Adoption Amount: $500   Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: Smithsonian Libraries Research Annex

Birth of the Cool is just about the coolest book you’ll ever see. In this 2008 exhibition catalog of his first retrospective, Barkley L. Hendricks distills black identity into powerful three-quarter and full-length portraits that teem with style and attitude. His sitters are unapologetic in their self-presentation, and the result is a phenomenal elevation of African Americans who would have gone otherwise unnoticed in the immediate decades following Civil Rights. The title of this catalog, edited by Trevor Schoonmaker, stems from the iconic 1957 Miles Davis album that came to... Read More
Black American Heritage Through United States Postage Stamps

Black American Heritage Through United States Postage Stamps

By R. Charles Allen. Washington: Bridge Publications, c1979.
Adoption Amount: $250   Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: National Postal Museum Library

This thin, 26-paged booklet has both color portraits and black and white pencil sketches of prominent heroes of Black History. Written by three Black doctors, it was published in Washington, D.C. Part One is arranged in chronological order based on significant events in American history. For example, two Black heroes of the American Revolution (the first Blacks to fight at Bunker Hill), three Black heroes of the Civil Rights Movement, two Black heroes in education, one hero in literature, one scientist, and two heroes in the arts. Part Two covers significant subjects, such as the... Read More
black aviator

Black Aviator

By William J. Powell. Washington: Smithsonian Institution Press, c1994.
Adoption Amount: $250   Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: Anacostia Community Museum Library

Published by the Smithsonian, this wonderful book is an updated copy of the 1934 book entitled "Black Wings." The original was written by an African American army officer and WWI veteran, Lt. William Jenifer Powell. Released 60 years after the original, this copy includes an introduction by the Smithsonian's Curator of Russian/Soviet & African-American Aviation. To make it even more special, this exact copy was donated by the (late) second Director of the Anacostia Community Museum, Steven Newsome, who started out his career as a librarian! This small book details the life of the... Read More
African American astronauts

Black Stars in Orbit

By Khephra Burns. San Diego: Harcourt Brace & Co, c1995.
Adoption Amount: $250   Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: National Air and Space Museum Library

Black Stars in Orbit is an overview of the first African Americans who were selected to be astronaut candidates, the first who worked for NASA on new technologies for mission projects, and the first to travel to space as part of the NASA Space Shuttle program. This volume is beatifully illustrated and contains brief biographical overviews. Information on Guy Bluford and Mae Jemison, the first African Americans to go to space, is included, as are the stories of astronauts Ron McNair, Charles Bolden, and Edward Dwight, the first African American selected for astronaut training. Read More