Adopted Books


Adopted Books
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.
Adoption Type: Build the Collection
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].
Adoption Type: Build the Collection
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
Title page of Guns of the Old West

Guns of the Old West

By Charles Edward Chapel. New York: Coward-McCann, [1961].
Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: National Museum of American History Library

This book from the Armed Forces History collection at the National Museum of American History Library provides an overview of firearms used by the military, lawmen, outlaws, settlers, and others on America’s westward-pushing frontier. It features descriptions, drawings, and photographs of weapons from long-barrel flintlocks to Winchester rifles to the famous Deringer pocket pistols. One chapter focuses on guns manufactured by Colt, including the Colt Single-Action Army Revolver – a.k.a. the Peacemaker – which is the state firearm of Arizona.

Adopted on February 21, 2017 by Karla Krake Childers For my husband, David Childers. View Bookplate
Title page of Morrice's 1815 book on home beer brewing

A treatise on brewing

By Alexander Morrice. London: Sherwood, Neely and Jones, 1815.
Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: Dibner Library of the History of Science and Technology

Intended for both professional and home-brewers, in an era when most people did brew their own, this book was in such demand that it stayed in print for decades through the early 1800s and has become a classic in the history of brewing.  This copy is the 5th edition published in 1815.  (The Libraries also holds 3rd edition of 1802.)  Author Alexander Morrice, himself a brewer in London, provides recipes and instructions for a wide variety of brews: porter, stout, amber, ale, beer, and more, along with a glossary of terms and technical discussions of tools and equipment.     

Adopted on February 14, 2017 by Jacqueline Vossler in honor of Richard W. Renner---Happy Birthday. View Bookplate
De myristica [Nutmeg]

De myristica [Nutmeg]

By Carl Peter Thunberg. Upsaliæ: litteris J. Edman, [1788].
Adoption Type: Preserve for the Future
Library: Joseph F. Cullman 3rd Library of Natural History

The spices nutmeg and mace (from the seed and its lacy covering, respectively) come from several species of trees in the genus Myristica indigenous to the Banda Islands in Indonesia – the famous Spice Islands of history and lore. They are the focus of this university dissertation written by Professor Carl Peter Thunberg. In 18th- and 19th-century Europe, professors wrote the dissertations; the student’s job was to explicate and defend it and pay for its publication. SIL holds dozens of these botanical and zoological papers by the great systematist Carl von Linné (Linnaeus) at the University...

Adopted on February 12, 2017 by April G. Shelford in honor of Karl Shelford. View Bookplate
Cover of Goode's American fishes

American fishes

By G. Brown Goode. New York: Standard Book Co, 1888, c1887.
Adoption Type: Preserve for the Future
Library: Joseph F. Cullman 3rd Library of Natural History

Ichthyologist George Brown Goode (1851-1896) spent his entire career at the Smithsonian Institution as an assistant to Spencer F. Baird, primarily responsible for administering the National Museum (when the Smithsonian had only the one location in what is now the Arts and Industries Building, next to the Smithsonian Castle on the National Mall).  Despite that workload, he also led research for the U.S. Fish Commission and published more than 100 scientific reports and papers.  This copy of his American fishes is inscribed by Goode to Otis T. Mason (1838-1908), an ethnologist at the...

Adopted on February 11, 2017 by John Y. Cole in honor of Nancy E. Gwinn. View Bookplate
Balloon Buster: Frank Luke of Arizona

The balloon buster, Frank Luke of Arizona

By Norman Shannon Hall. Garden City, N. Y: Doubleday, Doran & company, inc, c1928.
Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: National Air and Space Museum Library

This book tells the story of Frank Luke. Luke was born in Phoenix, Arizona in 1897, one of nine children of German-American immigrants. He enlisted in the U.S. Army Aviation Section in 1917 during World War I. He was an agressive pilot who took on the unique challenge of attacking and destroying enemy observation balloons. These balloons were always heavily defended by anti-aircraft guns and enemy aicraft, but 2nd Lt. Luke was adept at the challenge and accounted for 14 enemy balloons destroyed and 4 enemy aircraft shot down. He was the first American flyer to be awarded the Congressional...

Adopted on February 10, 2017 by Charles F., Jennifer E., and John U. Sands in honor of the Luke Family of Arizona.. View Bookplate
Photographs of the Southwest by Ansel Adams

Photographs of the Southwest

By Ansel Adams. Boston: New York Graphic Society, 1976.
Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: American Art and Portrait Gallery Library

Ansel Adams curated a selection of more than 100 images of his photographs of the Southwest, taken between 1928 and 1975. In 1937, Adams wrote to his friend Alfred Stieglitz of his time in the Southwest: "it is all very beautiful and magical here--a quality which cannot be described. You have to live it and breathe it, let the sun bake into you." In this book, Adams' iconic black and white photographs encompass both expansive, awe-inspiring landscapes and quiet studies of nature and people. 

Adopted on February 3, 2017 by Pat Jernigan In honor of David S. Jernigan . View Bookplate
Cover of American comic classics :  a collection of U.S. postage stamps

American comic classics

By United States Postal Service. Washington: United States Postal Service, c1995.
Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: National Postal Museum Library

This 80 paged collector's edition stamp album collector's pays homage to many classic American comics, including but not limited to Dick Tracy, Popeye, Li'l Abner, Flash Gordon, and Krazy Kat. Krazy Kat was a comic strip set in in Coconino County, Arizona. Krazy Kat, created by George Herriman, was published for more than three decades, from 1913-1944. On October 1, 1995, the 32-cent Krazy Kat postage stamp was issued by the US Postal Service as a part of the Comic Strip Classics series, Scott #3000. The Krazy Kat postage stamp is currently on display at the Smithsonian's National Postal...

Adopted on February 3, 2017 by Pat Jernigan In honor of David S. Jernigan. View Bookplate
The Becken book

The Becken book

Chicago: The Co., -1892?.
Adoption Type: Preserve for the Future
Library: Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Library

The A.C. Becken Company, established in 1887 in Chicago, was a major wholesale distributor of housewares, jewelry, tools, musical instruments, leather goods, desk accessories, tools, eyeglasses, and assorted novelties. This annual catalog for the year 1937, issued to “recognized jewelers only,” contains nearly 800 pages of items ranging from a wide selection of elegant Elgin watches to metal employee and police badges in various shapes and sizes.  Included are streamline –art deco era lighter and cigarette cases, watches, clocks, luggage, tableware, and jewelry.    

Adopted on February 2, 2017 by Jacqueline Vossler In support of the March 5, 2017 event Celebrating the Smithsonian Libraries.. View Bookplate