Adopted Books


Adopted Books
Cover of Arizona: The Land of Sunshine and Silver

Arizona: The Land of Sunshine and Silver, Health and Prosperity, the Place for Ideal Homes

By John A. Black. Phoenix, Ariz: Republican Book and Job Print, c1890.
Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: National Museum of American History Library

In 1890, Arizona Territory had its own Commissioner of Immigration, John A. Black, who wrote this piece to extol the virtues and resources of the territory. In his profile of Cochise County, for example, he says, “In the last six years the County has been entirely redeemed from the wild reputation it before bore as a region terrorized by Apaches and equally wild cowboys… The petulant pop of the pistol is no longer heard, and, while the excitement of the boom days of yore may be missed… there remains the solid enterprise and the substantial progress that marks the thrifty community and...

Adopted on June 15, 2017 by Kurt and Cameron Rupprecht in honor of James K. Ballinger. View Bookplate
Cover of Trees of Grand Canyon National Park

Trees of Grand Canyon National Park.

By Natt Noyes Dodge. Grand Canyon, Ariz: Grand Canyon Natural History Association, 1936.
Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: Botany and Horticulture Library

Third in a series of natural history publications presented by the Grand Canyon Natural History Association, this little book introduces several tree species to Canyon visitors and readers alike. The book talks about the park's “deer epidemic” which happened when ranchers got permission allowed kill mountain lions. This caused the deer population to dramatically increase and destroy the aspen trees on the Kaibab plateau. In response, officials introduced the practice of deer hunting and allowed some existence of mountain, hoping to curtail the problem. Simple black and white photos of trees...

Adopted on June 6, 2017 in honor of Ryan James Veselsky. May you always leave your mark on the world. . View Bookplate
Cover of A Natural History of Wine

A natural history of wine

By Ian Tattersall. New Haven, CT.: Yale University Press, 2015.
Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: Botany and Horticulture Library

This book demonstrates the immensity and importance of the Smithsonian Libraries' natural history collections by using wine as a subject that highlights the intersectionality of the sciences. The preface itself states that “ This book you are holding is the result of an unusual collaboration between a molecular biologist and an anthropologist…As we talked we realized that wine holds a place in virtually every major area of science-from physics and chemistry to molecular genetics and systematic biology, through evolution, paleontology, neurobiology, and ecology…” Scientists are continuously...

Adopted on May 17, 2017 by Jennifer Bovitz, Heather Westman, and Rebecca Scott In honor of David F. Scott, whom we celebrate on Father's Day and every day. Cheers!. View Bookplate
Cover of The Art of Dolls 1700-1940

The art of dolls, 1700-1940

By Madeline Osborne Merrill ; photographs by Richard Merrill. Cumberland, Md: Hobby House Press, c1985.
Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: National Museum of American History Library

Collectors of all types of dolls from china to wax to character dolls will find this book an essential visual reference. Hundreds of black and white photos, as well as some color plates, document a wide variety of dolls, including a universal favorite, the bisque doll with closable eyes. Doll collectors from all over America contributed photographs to the book. The Home & Community Life collection at the National Museum of American History Library holds many volumes on dolls, toys, and games, which help historians study the changing trends in playtime and educational activities.

Adopted on May 13, 2017 by Jerrell W. Shelton in memory of Helen Elizabeth Spann Shelton. View Bookplate
Cover of The Book of Costume

The Book of Costume

By Mary Margaret (Stanley) Egerton Wilton. London: H. Colburn, 1846.
Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: National Museum of American History Library

The publisher cited the author of this illustrated history only as “a Lady of Rank.” We discovered that her name was Lady Mary Margaret Stanley Egerton, Countess of Wilton, who managed to produce this book despite having 11 children and being a woman in nineteenth century England. Perhaps Lady Mary was inspired to write this history of costume by her mother, an actress named Elisabeth Farren, the second wife of the 12th Earl of Derby. However, this book is not about theatrical costume – it provides an overview of all types of clothing dating back to ancient Rome and covering many different...

Adopted on May 11, 2017 by Ramona Howerton in memory of Cathrene Willis Howerton. View Bookplate
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Gardens for a beautiful America 1895-1935

By Sam Watters. New York: Acanthus Press, 2012.
Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: Botany and Horticulture Library

This book presents, in all their glory, the hand-colored glass slide photographs of Frances Ben­jamin Johnston (1864-1952). It is a beautiful pictorial book, yet scholarly and well researched. Johnston was one of the earliest professional American women photographers. She trained as an artist in Paris, studied photography here at the Smithsonian, and began her career doing portrait and news photography. Her focus turned to gardens and historic houses, and she became an advo­cate of Progressive movements like City Beautiful and historic preservationism. Author Sam Watters has written a short...

Adopted on May 11, 2017 by Martha Smith in honor of Linda Merrill and Maggie Edson. View Bookplate
Images of Taliesin West -Scottsdale Arizona

Working with Mr. Wright

By Curtis Besinger. Cambridge [England] : New York, NY, USA: Cambridge University Press, 1995.
Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Library

As a former apprentice at Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin Fellowship program, Curtis Besinger provides a lively account of daily life in this community of architects established by Wright in Wisconsin and Arizona. While an apprenticeship with the Fellowship was unlike standard architectural training, it did entail some architectural tasks, such as drafting, designing, and overseeing projects, including the actual building of Taliesin West. It also entailed many humbler assignments - from milking the cows to harvesting wheat - related to maintaining the farm that surrounds the Fellowship in...

Adopted on May 9, 2017 by Fran Smyth in memory of Aida and Max Goldfarb. View Bookplate
So-called spontaneous combustion

So-called spontaneous combustion

By Adrian Havá. [s.l: s.n., 1894-1899?].
Adoption Type: Preserve for the Future
Library: Smithsonian Libraries Research Annex

Spontaneous human combustion describes the burning of a living human body without an external source of ignition. There is speculation and controversy regarding this phenomena. Some regard it as unique and unexplained, while others feel that cases described as spontaneous human combustion can be understood using generally-accepted scientific principles. In this publication, an undated reprint originally published in The New Orleans medical and surgical journal in April 1894, Dr. Adrian Havá researched the possible causes of spontaneous combustion based on an incident observed by...

Adopted on May 5, 2017 by Dr. Frederick and Ms. Deborah Strobl in honor of Jon F. Willen MD. View Bookplate
Cover of Beyond Painting

Beyond painting

By Max Ernst. New York: Wittenborn, Schultz, 1948.
Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Library

German artist Max Ernst was a pioneer of the Dada and Surrealist movement. After marrying American artist Dorothea Tanning in 1946, the couple moved to Sedona, Arizona, where they lived until 1953. Initially remote and unpopulated, an artists’ colony soon took root amongst the monumental red rocks. It was in Sedona that Ernst compiled his book Beyond Painting, the definitive autobiographical document of the painter’s creative processes, enhanced with testaments by many of his friends including fellow Surrealists André Breton, Paul Éluard, and Hans Arp, as well as others such as art...

Adopted on April 28, 2017 by Jacqueline Vossler and Richard Renner in honor of Nancy E. Gwinn and John Y. Cole. View Bookplate
Cover of The Rose in America

The rose in America

By J. Horace McFarland. New York: The Macmillan Company & Co. Ltd, 1923.
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Library: Botany and Horticulture Library

Roses are Red, Violets are Blue…The quintessential flower, symbolizing love and beauty, has been grown for centuries around the world. This book details the effort to popularize roses for the amateur gardener in the U.S. during the early 20th century. McFarland writes about a “dooryard roses," roses adaptable for the U.S. climate. For years, McFarland operated a rose test garden at his home in Breeze Hill, Pennsylvania. This book would have been useful to the homeowner who wanted to try growing roses, describing both the rewards and challenges. This and other books about roses might explain...

Adopted on April 26, 2017 by Lowell Ashley in memory of Maggie Sheppard Smith. View Bookplate