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Cover of Black valor :  buffalo soldiers and the Medal of Honor, 1870-1898

Black Valor

By Frank N. Schubert. Wilmington, Del: Scholarly Resources, 1997.
Adoption Amount: $250   Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: National Museum of African American History & Culture Library and Archives

The African American soldiers who served in the Spanish-American War and the Indian Wars were known as the “Buffalo Soldiers.” Especially remarkable is that  both of these conflicts occured during the latter half of the 19th century, meaning that some of Buffalo Soldiers had been enslaved just years prior. Yet in spite of this and other obstacles, they were known for serving with valor and honor. In addition, they were tasked with the controversial job of helping to "settle" western states, including Arizona. Twenty-three of them received the Medal of Honor, the nation's highest... Read More
Black, Red, and Deadly

Black, Red, and Deadly

By Arthur T. Burton. Austin, Tex: Eakin Press, 1991.
Adoption Amount: $250   Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: Vine Deloria, Jr. Library, National Museum of the American Indian

You may know the names of Jesse James, Billy the Kid, or Pat Garrett. But what about Buss Luckey, the Rufus Buck Gang, the Lighthorsemen, or Zeke Miller? Although whites dominate popular depictions of the lawless west, Black, Red and Deadly presents the sagas of African-American and American Indian outlaws and bona fide law enforcers in Indian Territory. Luckey was an African American convicted bandit who dynamited a train carrying $60,000 in gold bullion. On the good side, there were Cherokee, Choctaw, and Creek Lighthorse units who served as mounted police; and, Miller was a... Read More
Blue roots

Blue Roots

By Roger Pinckney. St. Paul, Minn: Llewellyn Publications, c1998.
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Library: Anacostia Community Museum Library

At less than 200 pages, this small paperback book is filled with black and white photographs depicting Gullah life. Gullahs are the descendants of slaves, specifically from the Lowcountry regions of the United States, including Georgia and South Carolina. The author is from South Carolina Gullah country. This book is about roots that can be used for healing, curses, good luck, bad luck, etc. The author’s dad was the county coroner, so he is familiar with death. Folk magic permeates Gullah culture, in a way very similar to voodoo. Haunts, spells, suffering roots, hexes, goofer dust (... Read More
African American pilots

Blue Skies, Black Wings

By Samuel L. Broadnax. Westport, Conn: Praeger, 2007.
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Library: National Air and Space Museum Library

A detailed and riveting history of early African Americans and aviation written by one of the Tuskegee pilots who served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II. This book details the stories of those first aviation pioneers and their contributions that aided in the founding of the Tuskegee program and its success. It is unsparing in detailing the realties and risks they faced to achieve their goals. Read More
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Bones in the Basement

Washington: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1997.
Adoption Amount: $250   Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: John Wesley Powell Library of Anthropology

The authors use the discovery of discarded 19th-century cadavers at the Medical College of Georgia to examine the use of African American bodies as a medical education tool. The book looks at the cultural implications of these practices as well as the resulting medical knowledge. This research brings added dimension to physical anthropology discoveries and historical medical findings. Read More
Catalogue d'une tres-belle collection des objets de troise regnes de la nature...

Catalogue d'une tres-belle collection des objets de troise regnes de la nature...

[Frankfurt am Main?: s.n.], 1777.
Adoption Amount: $5,500   Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: Joseph F. Cullman 3rd Library of Natural History

This is the auction catalogue of one of the most impressive private collections of natural-history specimens ever formed. Pasquay (1719-77) was a physician in Frankfurt and privy councilor of Anhalt-Dessau; he formed the collection over many years, assembling more than 9000 specimens of minerals, shells, plants, woods, and animals, as well as 100 scientific instruments. Private collections like Pasquay's were crucial to taxonomic and systematic research in the centuries before university collections and national museums became the large and welcoming resources that they are today.... Read More
Catalogue de la collection archéologique provenant des fouilles et explorations

Catalogue de la collection archéologique provenant des fouilles et explorations

By Désiré Charnay. Paris: J. Tremblay, 1883.
Adoption Amount: $2,750   Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: Joseph F. Cullman 3rd Library of Natural History

This rare catalogue of an exhibition in Paris in 1883, "held by only six libraries in the U.S.," provides descriptions and brief historical explanations of 102 antiquities from Mexico and the Yucatan that famed French archaeologist Désiré Charnay acquired during an expedition of 1880-1882, including plans of newly discovered Toltec palaces, Aztec statues and funeral urns, and bas-reliefs found in Yucatan villages. It relates directly to studies on pre-historic Meso-American artifacts (including the so-called "crystal skulls") by anthropologists at the Smithsonian and is of particular... Read More
Catalogus variorum exoticorum rarissimorum maximam partem incognitorum et nullibi...

Catalogus variorum exoticorum rarissimorum maximam partem incognitorum et nullibi...

By Abraham Vater. Wittembergae: Apud Viduam Gerdesiam, MDCCXXVI [1726].
Adoption Amount: $3,160   Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: Joseph F. Cullman 3rd Library of Natural History

This is an extremely rare catalogue of a private natural-history collection in the early 18th century, not held by any other library in North America. Abraham Vater (1684-1751) was a German physician and professor of medicine and anatomy at the University of Wittenberg. In that connection he also studied botany and pharmacology and published a catalog of plants in the University's botanical garden. Following immediately on that he published the catalog of his own private collection of natural-history specimens, primarily plants and seeds, but also plant products like resins and gums, as... Read More
Tea ceremony bowls

Cha no bi doto [Beauty of tea and its masters]

Tokyo : Mainichi Shinbunsha, Heisei 3 [1991].
Adoption Amount: $600   Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Library

Cha no bi dōtō : Rikyū, Enshū, Yūsai  (茶の美道統 : 利休・遠州・幽斎 [Beauty of tea and its masters]) is an important work for scholars interested in the Japanese tea ceremony. This book shows a number of famous 16th century tea ceremony utensils and tea houses favored by the tea ceremony founder, Sen no Rikyū (千利休) and two of his followers, Kobori Enshū (小堀遠州) and Hosakawa Yūsai (細川幽斎).  These utensils are seen as reflections of the philosophy and spirit of the tea ceremony established by Rikyū. Along with room decorations, utensils are considered part of the ceremony and play an important... Read More
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Christian Themes in Indian Art

By Anand Amaladass. New Delhi: Manohar Publishers & Distributors, 2012.
Adoption Amount: $250   Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Library

Although only about two percent of the population of India is Christian, it is common to find both Christian and non-Christian Indian artists who have used Christian themes in their art. The beginnings of Christianity in India are not well known but tradition has it that the apostle Thomas founded a number of churches in Kerala in 52 AD. Vasco da Gama (1469-1524), the Portuguese explorer, landed in Calicut in 1498 and by 1542 the Roman Catholic missionary Francis Xavier (1506-1552) had reached Goa. These contacts with the west brought examples of European art into the Indian... Read More

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