Books Available for Adoption

Books Available for Adoption
African American astronauts

Black Stars in Orbit

By Khephra Burns. San Diego: Harcourt Brace & Co, c1995.
Adoption Amount: $250   Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: National Air and Space Museum Library

Black Stars in Orbit is an overview of the first African Americans who were selected to be astronaut candidates, the first who worked for NASA on new technologies for mission projects, and the first to travel to space as part of the NASA Space Shuttle program. This volume is beatifully illustrated and contains brief biographical overviews. Information on Guy Bluford and Mae Jemison, the first African Americans to go to space, is included, as are the stories of astronauts Ron McNair, Charles Bolden, and Edward Dwight, the first African American selected for astronaut training. Read More
African American pilots

Blue Skies, Black Wings

By Samuel L. Broadnax. Westport, Conn: Praeger, 2007.
Adoption Amount: $250   Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: National Air and Space Museum Library

A detailed and riveting history of early African Americans and aviation written by one of the Tuskegee pilots who served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II. This book details the stories of those first aviation pioneers and their contributions that aided in the founding of the Tuskegee program and its success. It is unsparing in detailing the realties and risks they faced to achieve their goals. Read More
Title page of Le Micromegas

Le Micromegas

By Voltaire. Londres: Imprime pour J. Robinson [etc.], 1752.
Adoption Amount: $2,500   Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: National Air and Space Museum Library

This very rare copy of the second edition from 1752 was once owned by rocket scientist Frederick Ordway III, spaceflight visionary and consultant on Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey, this work of fiction by Voltaire is a work akin to Gulliver's Travels, but set in outer space. In this imaginative novel, human beings on Earth are equivalent to Lilliputians in Swift’s famous masterpiece. Read More
Wright Flyer

The Wright Brothers

By Fred C. Kelly. New York: Harcourt, Brace and Company, 1943.
Adoption Amount: $2,100   Adoption Type: Preserve for the Future
Library: National Air and Space Museum Library

"The Wright Brothers" is remarkable in that it features over 1,000 signatures from legends, pioneers, and other contributors to aviation, making it one of the treasures of the NASM Library. Donated by George A. Page, the autographed book is a testament to his 30-year endeavor to capture the names of aviators and individuals who contributed to the field. An aviator himself, Page was an employee of Curtiss-Wright for 34 years—ultimately attaining the titles of Chief Engineer and Director of Engineering. It was through his professional contacts that Page managed to send a copy of Kelly’s... Read More
[Other lunar discoveries of Mr. Herschel]

[Other Lunar Discoveries of Mr. Herschel]

By Leopoldo Galluzzo. Napoli: L. Gatti e Dura, 1836.
Adoption Amount: $12,000   Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: National Air and Space Museum Library

These rare hand-tinted lithographs by Italian artist Leopoldo Galluzzo illustrate what became known as "The Great Moon Hoax of 1835." In what was intended as a satirical newspaper article, New York Sun newspaper writer Richard Adams Locke boldly claimed that famed British astronomer Sir John Herschel had discovered life on the moon. This incredible news story, which ran over several issues, detailed a fantastic and lush lunar landscape inhabited by bipedal beavers, single horned bison, and winged extraterrestrials with an advanced civilization. Locke's satirical story lampooned... Read More
Book 1 Cover

Zeppelin-Weltfahrten [bk.1]

By H. Luschnath. Dresden: Bilderstelle Lohse, 1933-[1934?].
Adoption Amount: $450   Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: National Air and Space Museum Library

This book is the first of two volumes, each containing collections of cigarette cards that are souvenirs of the zeppelin age. Cigarette cards were used by cigarette companies to stiffen cigarette packaging and to advertise their brand. Due to their unique design and limited printing, they often became collectibles. This collection includes cards featuring pictures of zeppelins and images taken while the photographer was in a zeppelin. Notable photographs include the Italian Alps and Mediterranean Sea. Read More
Book II cover

Zeppelin-Weltfahrten [bk.2]

By H. Luschnath. Dresden: Bilderstelle Lohse, 1933-[1934?].
Adoption Amount: $450   Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: National Air and Space Museum Library

This book is the second of two volumes, each containing collections of cigarette cards that are souvenirs of the zeppelin age. Cigarette cards were used by cigarette companies to stiffen cigarette packaging and to advertise their brand. Due to their unique design and limited printing, they often became collectibles. This collection includes cards featuring pictures of zeppelins and images taken while the photographer was in a zeppelin. Notable photographs include the Italian Alps and Mediterranean Sea. Read More