Adopted Books


Adopted Books
Cover of The Castle by Rick Stamm

The Castle: An Illustrated History of the Smithsonian Building

By Richard E. Stamm. Washington, D.C: Smithsonian Books, 2012.
Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: National Museum of Natural History Library

In this fascinating biography of the Smithsonian Castle, Castle Curator Rick Stamm delves into over 150 years of stories about the people who worked (and lived) in this iconic building. The book features many photos of the Castle, from its Victorian beginnings to modern day, and gives the reader deep insight into how the Smithsonian Institution was created and how it grew to become the venerable cultural institution that it is today. 

Adopted on April 4, 2017 by Smithsonian Libraries in honor of Steve and Liz Berry in celebration of their continued generous support.. View Bookplate
Humming-birds Cover with damaged spine


By Mary Kirby. London; New York: T. Nelson, 1874.
Adoption Type: Preserve for the Future
Library: National Museum of Natural History Library

Mary Kirby (1817-1893) and Elizabeth Kirby (1823-1873) were sisters who, together, wrote and illustrated numerous natural science books and children’s books. Elizabeth died just prior to Humming-birds’ publication, making it one of the last collaborative projects for the sisters. Their scientific works were remarkable for their time, particularly Mary’s Flora of Leicestershire, a partially crowd-sourced endeavor. Humming-birds is one of their many books on natural science, providing scientific information infused with poetry, folktales, and informal descriptions...

Adopted on March 28, 2017 by David and Karla Childers in memory of Vera "Billie" Childers. View Bookplate
Title page of Frontier Spirit

Frontier spirit

By Douglas Kent Hall. New York: Abbeville Press, 1990.
Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: National Museum of American History Library

This book showcases evocative pictures of Southwestern churches taken by Douglas Kent Hall, a well-known documentary photographer. Originally from New York, Hall moved to the small village of Alcalde in northern New Mexico. He spent time travelling throughout the Southwest and along the Mexico-U.S. border in the 1980s gathering material for two photographic books. In this volume, Hall takes us to the most celebrated churches, such as the majestic San Xavier del Bac near Tucson, as well as to the most obscure, providing images that demonstrate the beautiful variety found in these sacred...

Adopted on March 21, 2017 by Anita and Keith Thomas . View Bookplate
Title page of Mexican tailless amphibians in the USNM

Bulletin no.160 - United States National Museum

By Remington Kellog. Washington: Smithsonian Institution Press, [etc.], 1932.
Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: National Museum of Natural History Library

This work, which includes information about Arizona’s State Amphibian (Hyla eximia, the Arizona treefrog or Mountain treefrog), is part of the important Smithsonian series, Bulletin of the United States National Museum. The Libraries holds a comprehensive collection of Smithsonian publications stretching back to the first publication of the Institution in 1848. This item, Bulletin no.160, was written by noted Smithsonian scientist, Remington Kellogg, who would go on to serve as Director of the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, and later Assistant...

Adopted on March 16, 2017 by Amy and Horacio Valeiras . View Bookplate
The Handbook to Arizona

The hand-book to Arizona

By Richard J. Hinton. San Francisco; New York: Payot, Upham & Co.; American News Co, 1878.
Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: Dibner Library of the History of Science and Technology

Richard J. Hinton (1830-1901), an Englishman, crossed the Atlantic in 1851 and took up residence in New York City. While there he learned the printer's trade and soon became a newspaper reporter. As a reporter he opposed the Fugitive Slave Law, became an anti-slavery advocate, and assisted in the organization of the Republican Party, which came into being in large part to oppose the expansion of slavery as embodied in the Kansas-Nebraska Act. With many another Kansas journalist of the late 1850s, Hinton certainly was “among those that helped to make Kansas free,” as he wrote in 1900. ...

Adopted on March 15, 2017 by Maureen Conners in honor of Mr. and Mrs. Richard J. Conners. View Bookplate
Cover of Arizona Postcard Checklist

Arizona postcard checklist

By Richard W. Fulton. Fairfax, Va. (5410 Ellzey Dr., Fairfax 22032-2906): R.W. Fulton, 1994.
Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: National Postal Museum Library

This gigantic handbook is a valuable resource in deltiology, the study and collection of postcards. There are black and white charts, graphs, photographs, and illustrations throughout. It is a comprehensive listing of all Arizona postcards. This shows us a different angle of Arizona history--art, humor and tourism. A philatelic guide to our nation's 48th state.

Adopted on March 8, 2017 by Danny Martino and Vinnie De Nitto Martino In memory of Antonio Martino and Genoveffa Gioiosa Martino. Nicola De Nitto and Giovannina De Nitto.. View Bookplate
Cover of Arizona, the wonderland

Arizona, the wonderland

By George Wharton James. Boston: The Page Co, 1917.
Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: John Wesley Powell Library of Anthropology

“Go to the National Museum in Washington, and I venture the assertion you will find there more objects of universal interest and wonder gained from Arizona, than from any other country you can name.” So states George Wharton James in the forward to Arizona, the Wonderland. James was an enthusiast of the American Southwest who wrote over 40 books about the region, including this tribute to Arizona, an unabashedly enthusiastic travelogue. Arizona, the Wonderland was commissioned as part of "See America First," a never-completed series of highly decorative and...

Adopted on March 6, 2017 by Jacqueline Vossler and Richard Renner in honor of Edward Wierzbicki. View Bookplate
The Frank Lloyd Wright Collection of Surimono

The Frank Lloyd Wright collection of surimono

By Joan B. Mirviss with John T. Carpenter. New York ; Phoenix: Weatherhill ; Phoenix Art Museum, 1995.
Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Library

The Frank Lloyd Wright Collection of Surimono is the Phoenix Art Museum’s groundbreaking study of the long overlooked art of surimono prints. This catalog was published to accompany the exhibition, “Frank Lloyd Wright and Japanese Art.” Surimono were Japanese woodblock prints privately commissioned for special occasions, an important event, or for circulation among a small group of people. Several features that set surimono apart from commercially produced woodblock prints are their smaller size, complex compositions, the expensive pigments used in their printing (including hand-rubbed...

Adopted on March 6, 2017 by Trevor Barger In honor of my dad, Roger, who taught me to see and my mom, Jennifer, who taught me to look for order.. View Bookplate
Title page with image of Olgivanna and Frank Lloyd Wright


By Olgivanna Lloyd Wright. Scottsdale, Ariz: Taliesin West, 1965.
Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Library

Taliesin is a relatively rare edition self-published in Scottsdale and signed by the author, Olgivanna Lloyd Wright. In this book, Olgivanna Lloyd Wright, the third wife of Frank Lloyd Wright, tells beautifully illustrated accounts of The Fellowship, The Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture, The Taliesin Associated Architects, and Taliesin West itself. There are many intimate color images of Wright’s Taliesin West in Scottsdale, Arizona that was completed in 1937. Frank Lloyd Wright maintained Taliesin West as his winter residence until his death in 1959, and Olgivanna...

Adopted on March 6, 2017 by Trevor Barger In honor of my dad, Roger, who taught me how to see, and my mom, Jennifer, who taught me to look for order.. View Bookplate
[Articles and clippings relating to British railways]

[Articles and clippings relating to British railways]

Adoption Type: Preserve for the Future
Library: Smithsonian Libraries Research Annex

The Caledonian railway, or The Caley as it was fondly named, was a Scottish railway system that connected Scotland to London from the 1840’s until its dissolution in the 1920’s. This compilation of book excerpts, articles, news clippings, and advertisements chronicles and romanticizes the waning decades of the Caledonian Railway from the turn of the century until 1923 when The Caley was absorbed into the London, Midland, and Scottish Railway by The Railways Act of 1921, an act that streamlined 120 individual British railway systems into just four. Thomas Norrell is the author of this...

Adopted on March 5, 2017 by Barbara M. Barrett . View Bookplate