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Cover of Biohistory of 19th-century Afro-Americans

A Biohistory of 19th-Century Afro-Americans

By Lesley M. Rankin-Hill. Westport, Conn: Bergin & Garvey, 1997.
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Library: John Wesley Powell Library of Anthropology

Upon the discovery of a long-forgotten cemetery in Philadelphia, excavation and study exposed the remains of a Baptist church cemetery and its African-American inhabitants. Thorough research of the skeletons and surrounding area shed light on the living conditions of the African Americans in 19th-century Philadelphia and its environs. This book is important to scientists and curators studying 19th-century American life and physical remains of 19th century Africa -Americans. Read More
Compendium of Chronicles

A Compendium of Chronicles

By Sheila Blair. London: Nour Foundation in association with Azimuth Editions and Oxford University Press, c1995.
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Library: Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Library

The Compendium of Chronicles, written during the 14th century by Rashid-al-Din Hamadani (1247-1318) is considered the first world history. It was written for the Mongol Ilkhanate in Persia. It covers not only the history of the Mongols but major events occurring in China and Europe. This scholarly study by Sheila Blair examines a version of the original manuscript by looking at pages owned by the Khalili Collection and by the Edinburgh University Library. The Compendium was lavishly illustrated and is of great significance for the study of Ilkhanid manuscript painting. Dr. Blair looked... Read More
A narrative of travels in Northern Africa, in the years 1818, 19, and 20

A Narrative of Travels in Northern Africa

By G. F. Lyon. London: John Murray, 1821.
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Library: Joseph F. Cullman 3rd Library of Natural History

The 17 hand-colored prints of early 19th century Northern and Western Africans are not only elegant, but are also valuable historical documents on clothing, headgear, jewelry, and weaponry of that era. The image shown here, "Camel conveying a bride to her husband," (opposite page 299) is one of the most dramatic, but all provide a wealth of information for the historian and art historian alike. George Francis Lyon's clear narrative is a remarkable interweaving of history, geography, and ethnography of a part of the world virtually unknown at the time of his travels in 1818-1820. Read More
Separate Cinema

A Separate Cinema

By John Kisch. New York: Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 1992.
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Library: National Museum of African American History & Culture Library and Archives

The gift of a single poster has swelled into a respected and comprehensive collection of more than 25,000 rare film posters, lobby cards, and photographs, resulting in what is now the Separate Cinema Archive. Started in 1972 and collected and maintained by the archive’s founder and professional photographer, John Kisch, the collection chronicles the historic and blustery journey of the Black film industry, Black actors and directors, and the struggle for African-American equality. Kisch collaborated with film historian Dr. Edward Mapp to create this companion book for the Archive in... Read More
A Travers le Transvaal, cover

A Travers le Transvaal

By Léo Dex. Paris: Librairie Hachette, 1904.
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Library: Warren M. Robbins Library, National Museum of African Art

Léo Dex was the pseudonym of the brillant and distinguished aeronautical engineer Edouard-Léopold-Joseph Deburaux, who was commander of a company of hot-air balloonists attached to the French Army’s First Corps of Engineers. Under his given name, he wrote many books and papers on the possible uses of hot-air balloons for exploration and warfare. His grand experiment in balloon exploration—sending hot-air balloons across the Sahara from Tunisia to the region of Timbuktu—ended in failure, and he died shortly thereafter. As Léo Dex, he wrote adventure stories for young people; the book... Read More
Ad epistolam clarissimi viri d. Jacobi Bartschi, ... Praefixam ephemeridi in annum 1629... De computatione et editione ephemeridum.

Ad epistolam clarissimi viri d. Jacobi Bartschi, ... Praefixam ephemeridi in annum 1629... De computatione et editione ephemeridum.

By Johannes Kepler. [Görlitz?]: Typis Saganensibus, anno MDCXXIX [1629].
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Library: Dibner Library of the History of Science and Technology

Rare first edition of this public letter by astronomer Johannes Kepler to the young Jacob Bartsch, and an important biographical source for the astronomer's life and final years. The publication of the Rudolphine Tables in 1627 provided a great stimulus to the calculation of ephemerides, among them one produced by the young Strasburg scholar Jacob Bartsch, Uraniburgum Strasburgicum. In the latter publication, Bartsch offered to collaborate with Kepler, and in the present letter, the elder astronomer accepts and outlines a research program for the future. Read More
African Americans on stamps

African Americans on Stamps

By Mack Bernard Morant. Jefferson, N.C: McFarland, c2003.
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Library: National Postal Museum Library

At over two hundred pages long, this hardback book is basically an encyclopedia of African American heroes on postage stamps, both from the United States and around the world. Arranged alphabetically by last name, it provides short bios, followed by black and white illustrations of each postage stamp. The stamps are numbered, and references to the numbered stamps are in the bios. For example, Michael Jordan, illustration #289, Tanzania postage stamp. In the center of the book, to the reader’s delight, are sixteen pages of color plates, which vividly depict the United States Postal... Read More
African Americans on stamps

African Americans on Stamps

By United States Postal Service. Washington, D.C.: United States Postal Service, 2004.
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Library: National Postal Museum Library

This thin, thirty-paged color booklet was published by the United States Postal Service thirteen years ago. The Black Heritage stamp series began in 1978, and ever since then, African American heroes and heroines have been honored on postage stamps. The Citizens Stamp Advisory Committee, CSAC, votes on which candidate will be the next postage stamp. Harriet Tubman was the first Black Heritage postage stamp. This booklet is arranged alphabetically from A to Z beginning with the dancer Alvin Ailey and ending with Presidential Medal of Freedom winner Whitney Moore Young. Read More
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African-American Pioneers in Anthropology

Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1999.
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Library: John Wesley Powell Library of Anthropology

This book highlights the lives, works, and accomplishments of African American scholars in recent history whose work is influential in the field of anthropology. The contributions of these scholars vary, ranging from the cultural impacts of Zora Neale Hurston’s field works and writings to Caroline Bond Day and her research in physical anthropology. Each chapter focuses on a specific person, discussing both their biography and their scholarly work. This book is important to the collection as documentation of the diversity within anthropology, as well as a thorough... Read More
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Africanisms in the Gullah Dialect

By Lorenzo Dow Turner. Columbia: University of South Carolina Press, c2002,
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Library: Anacostia Community Museum Library

This is a new edition of Turner's original 1949 masterpiece, which was a seminal work in Afrocentric linguistics. Arranged like a dictionary, it has Gullah words on the left side of each page, and the corresponding West African words on the right side. Gullah is a language spoken by the eponymous people descended from former slaves in the coastal regions of South Carolina and Georgia. Pioneering linguist Lorenzo Dow Turner also uses this book to discuss the distinctively Gullah way of writing. Examining this book, a reader can easily see how the African languages changed into Gullah, a... Read More

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