Adopted Books


Adopted Books
Cover of Encyclopedia of Stagecoach Robbery in Arizona

Encyclopedia of stagecoach robbery in Arizona

By R. Michael Wilson. Las Vegas, Nev: RaMA Press, c2003.
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Library: National Postal Museum Library

Signed by the author, this single-volume encyclopedia is organized by the ten counties of Early Arizona,  Each chapter is then subdivided chronologically by robbery dates (1875-1903). Complete with over 200 pages of stories of sensational stagecoach robberies, this book also details the transition to train robberies. Train robberies overlapped stagecoach robberies by two decades. When a stagecoach was robbed, the mail was included in the robbery. Each robbery in this book reads like a modern day police report--focusing solely on facts, such as dates, times, and names of those involved.  ...

Adopted on March 3, 2017 by Agnes T. Lardizabal MD . View Bookplate
Cover of The Cacti of Arizona

The cacti of Arizona.

By Lyman David Benson. Tucson: University of Arizona Press , 1950 [second edition].
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Library: Botany and Horticulture Library

Cacti are inextricably linked to our vision of the desert. They are native to the Americas with many species found in Arizona, including the state flower, the Saguaro. This book is written by a Cactaceae (cactus family) botanical specialist, Lyman Benson, and illustrated by Lucretia Breazeale Hamilton, a botanical illustrator well known for her drawings of southwest plants. There are many line drawings with color photographs of cacti. This second edition has information on botanical names and taxonomical classification on the species found in Arizona. It is considered a semi-technical guide...

Adopted on February 28, 2017 by Venkata Evani, MD and Carolyn Evani . View Bookplate
Cover of The Tucson Meteorites

The Tucson Meteorites

By Richard R. Willey. Washington, D.C: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1987.
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Library: National Museum of Natural History Library

“Writers of mystery stories often have to cast about for the key elements of an intriguing story […] I did not go looking for these critical ingredients of the story of the Tucson Meteorite. They came to me.” states Richard R. Willey in his forward to this short but thorough book. This book explores every aspect of the Meteorites – from their original descent to Earth, their mineral composition, to their use as anvils by American Indians and frontiersmen alike, to their name as a specimen, and the history of how they came to be in the Smithsonian. This title is of interest to researchers...

Adopted on February 28, 2017 by Kevin and Kathryn Murphy . View Bookplate
Grand Canyon of Arizona title page

Grand Canyon of Arizona

[S. l.]: Passenger Dept. of the Santa Fe, 1906.
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Library: National Museum of American History Library

This 1906 volume features essays written by notable travelers who visited the West, including John Wesley Powell (who was the first director of the Smithsonian's Bureau of Ethnology and whom the Smithsonian's Anthropology Library is named after), artist Thomas Moran, geologist R.D. Salisbury, poet Harriet Monroe, and others. It is illustrated with many black and white photographs, showing the beauty and majesty of the Grand Canyon. Written for the Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railway, its aim was to promote tourism to the area, so it also includes a section with advice for tourists on...

Adopted on February 28, 2017 by Kristen Lynn Hoskins and Kami Marie Hoskins in memory of our grandmother Helen Marie Mayer . View Bookplate
Adventures in the Apache Country title page

Adventures in the Apache country

By J. Ross Browne. New York: Harper & Brothers, 1869.
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Library: National Museum of American History Library

Beginning in late 1863, author J. Ross Browne accompanied Charles D. Poston on his tour of Arizona as the territory’s Superintendent of Indian Affairs. This book recounts their adventure, presenting a vivid, colorful description of the area and of the terrors which then attended border life in Arizona, where one-twentieth of the population had been swept away by the attacks of the Apaches in three years. Browne's travelogue also contains details on early mining in addition to observations of the lands and people he encountered. These early accounts of life in the Southwest help historians...

Adopted on February 27, 2017 by Cary and Erika Forrester . View Bookplate
Arizona David Muench


By David Muench. Portland, OR: C. H. Belding, 1971.
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Library: National Museum of Natural History Library

This handsome large-format book from 1971, “Arizona,” contains many page-filling photographs of stunning Arizona scenery taken by influential American landscape and nature photographer David Muench.  No doubt that some of the scenes in these photographs (many featured in “Arizona Highways” magazine) have changed or even disappeared in the decades since the book’s publication. Muench specializes in portraying Western landscapes and is still active today.

Adopted on February 27, 2017 by Donald and Diane White . View Bookplate
West with the Night

The illustrated West with the Night

By Beryl Markham. London: Virago, 1989.
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Library: National Air and Space Museum Library

First published in 1942, Beryl Markham's "West with the Night," account of her expatriate life in Africa as a well-born English woman, horse trainer, and bush pilot was well received by critics, including Ernest Hemingway. She was the first woman to fly from Europe to North America solo in 1936. Her original book was re-published in the 1980s and was acclaimed by new readers who made it a best seller. This particular edition was published in 1989 and contains photographs and illustrations not in the original work.    

Adopted on February 24, 2017 by Michael and Nancy Stone . View Bookplate
Vertebrates of Arizona Charles Lowe

The vertebrates of Arizona

By Charles H. Lowe. Tucson: University of Arizona Press, 1964.
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Library: National Museum of Natural History Library

This dog-eared 1964 (second printing) copy of “The Vertebrates of Arizona” has likely been used in the field by Smithsonian and other biologists over the years. Editor Charles H. Lowe was a respected herpetologist at the University of Arizona in Tucson.  Containing useful landscape photographs, maps, and data, the second half of this book is organized into annotated check-lists of fishes, amphibians, birds and mammals of Arizona. This makes it an essential resource for biologists and taxonomists studying the region.

Adopted on February 23, 2017 by Bob and Kerry Milligan in honor of C.J. Johnsen. View Bookplate
Pop up depicting animals and flora in Arizona's Sonoran Desert

Creatures of the desert world

By Barbara Gibson. [Washington, D.C.]: National Geographic Society, c1987.
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Library: Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Library

The first of six colorful pop-ups in Creatures of the desert world depicts early morning in Arizona’ s Sonoran Desert as bobcats and birds around a large saguaro cactus dramatically lift off the page when the book is opened. The subsequent pages follow the vibrant and alive desert environment throughout the day into a full moonlit night when the night hunters, including bats and kit foxes, begin their search for food. Rattlesnakes, roadrunners, coyotes, owls, jackrabbits, and tarantulas are among the animals living in the desert environment featured in the other pop-ups in this...

Adopted on February 23, 2017 by Bob and Kerry Milligan in honor of C.J. Johnsen. View Bookplate
Title Page of Arizona's meteorite crater, showing fronticepiece - a sketch by Nininger of the crater

Arizona's meteorite crater

By Harvey Harlow Nininger. Sedona, Ariz.: American Meteorite Museum, [c1956].
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Library: National Museum of Natural History Library

Harvey Harlow Nininger is considered to be the father of meteoritics. He worked tirelessly to convince the scientific community that meteorites were far more common on Earth than previously thought and a valuable source of information about the solar system and the Earth’s geologic past. In the dedication to Arizona’s Meteorite Crater, Nininger makes clear his passion for his science and for this particular place: “This book is dedicated to the proposition that the Arizona Meteorite Crater is one of the world’s greatest natural laboratories, and as such should be protected from all...

Adopted on February 22, 2017 by Libby Worsley Crouch and Gregory Doyle Worsley in memory of J. Philip Crouch.. View Bookplate