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Title page of English Table Glass

English Table Glass

By Percy H. Bate. London: B.T. Batsford , [1905?].
Adoption Amount: $500   Adoption Type: Preserve for the Future
Library: National Museum of American History Library

Percy Bate was born in Manchester in 1868.  In addition to English Table Glass, he authored several books on portraiture and other forms of art.  He was Secretary of the Royal Glasgow Institute of Fine Arts and later Director of Aberdeen Municipal Art Gallery and Museum.  In English Table Glass, he uses photographs and descriptions to highlight many examples from spirit glasses to candlesticks.  Bate covers table glass from the 16th through the 18th century, but some of his advice—such as how to identify fakes—applies to researchers and collectors today. This... Read More
Cover of Hearts of Gold

Hearts of Gold

By Sheila Dinn. Woodbridge, CT: Blackbirch Press, 1996.
Adoption Amount: $250   Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: National Museum of American History Library

In the foreword to Hearts of Gold, Eunice Kennedy Shriver, founder of the Special Olympics, writes, “This book is a chance for Special Olympics sports heroes to tell their stories—to shout out to the world and show their spirit.” Since the first International Special Olympics Summer Games was held in July 1968, this event has given people with intellectual disabilities from around the world a chance to show what they can do. The book is filled with photographs of the athletes as they train and compete, showing their determination, strength, and enthusiasm. Their stories and... Read More
Photo of vases from Josiah Wedgwood and His Pottery

Josiah Wedgwood and His Pottery

By William Burton. London, New York [etc.]: Cassell and Company, ltd, 1922.
Adoption Amount: $1,050   Adoption Type: Preserve for the Future
Library: National Museum of American History Library

This volume includes biographical information on Josiah Wedgwood as well as a history of the Wedgwood Pottery and its wares. Wedgwood started producing pottery in about 1759 and is credited with the industrialization of pottery manufacturing. His unique glazes, including the classic jasper, distinguished his pottery from others of the period. Wedgwood pottery became popular not only in England but all throughout Europe and America. The author of this volume worked as a chemist at Wedgwood for five years, and his passion for the company and its pottery comes through in his writing.... Read More
Cover of Leslie's Photographic Review of the Great War

Leslie's Photographic Review of the Great War

By Edgar Allen Forbes. New York City: Leslie-Judge Company, [c1919].
Adoption Amount: $650   Adoption Type: Preserve for the Future
Library: National Museum of American History Library

Leslie's Weekly was an American illustrated literary and news magazine founded in 1852 and published until 1922. This special publication includes many photographs, illustrations, and stories culled from its coverage of World War I. It features a section written by General John J. Pershing about his own experiences during the War, and a reprinting of “Why America Entered the War,” an address delivered on April 2, 1917 by President Woodrow Wilson. With 2017 marking the 100th anniversary of U.S. active participation in World War I, this book offers a look back at one of the most... Read More
Title page of Music is My Mistress, with photo of Duke Ellington

Music is My Mistress

By Duke Ellington. Garden City, N.Y: Doubleday, 1973.
Adoption Amount: $250   Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: National Museum of American History Library

"Music is my mistress, and she plays second fiddle to no one." Edward Kennedy "Duke" Ellington is an American jazz legend – a talented pianist, a composer of over 3,000 songs, and a bandleader who gained national attention through his orchestra’s appearances at the famed Cotton Club in Harlem. In this book, Ellington tells the stories of his life and career. He describes growing up in Washington, D.C. in the early 1900s, when he dreamed of playing baseball, not the piano. He shares photographs of his beloved parents and other family members and friends who... Read More
Cover of The Cowboy Boot Book

The Cowboy Boot Book

By Tyler Beard ; photographs by Jim Arndt. Salt Lake City: Peregrine Smith Books, 1992.
Adoption Amount: $250   Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: National Museum of American History Library

Nothing says Southwestern style like a great pair of cowboy boots! This book from the Costume collection at the National Museum of American History Library gives information on the “anatomy” of a cowboy boot along with descriptions of the different materials used in their manufacture. The author tells a lively history of the bootmaking industry and features a number of well-known bootmakers. The artful photography of Jim Arndt showcases the wide variety and enduring appeal of American cowboy boots. Read More
Cover of The Future of the American Negro

The Future of the American Negro

By Booker T. Washington. Boston: Small, Maynard & Company, 1901, [c1899].
Adoption Amount: $500   Adoption Type: Preserve for the Future
Library: National Museum of American History Library

Born a slave on a Virginia farm in 1856, Booker T. Washington became the most prominent Black educator and an important voice on race in America during the late 1800s and early 1900s. The Future of the American Negro, written by Washington in 1899, outlines his ideas on the history of enslaved and freed African American people and their need for education to advance themselves. In one chapter, the author discusses the founding of the Tuskegee Institute in Alabama in 1881, which he would lead until his death in 1915.  This 1901 edition was funded by the John F. Slater Fund for the... Read More
Cover of The Homes of America

The Homes of America

By Martha J. Lamb. New York: D. Appleton and Company, c.1879.
Adoption Amount: $1,350   Adoption Type: Preserve for the Future
Library: National Museum of American History Library

Described by the Literary World Magazine of 1880 as a “superb holiday volume” and printed on toned paper with a gold deckle edge, this volume is illustrated with engravings of many well-known, and not so well-known, American homes. Not surprisingly, it features a detailed description of the White House, as well as an image of the presidential mansion as the book’s frontispiece. The homes of some Founding Fathers are also highlighted, as are homes of writers like Emerson, Longfellow, and Washington Irving. It even has a section on the childhood home of Louisa May Alcott, which... Read More
Art Nouveau jewelry by Lalique

The Master Jewelers

New York: H.N. Abrams, 1990.
Adoption Amount: $250   Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: National Museum of American History Library

Who doesn’t love a little sparkle? You’ll find plenty in this gorgeous book. Along with histories of important jewelers from the late 19th through the 20th centuries, it features photographs of masterworks created by these artists and craftspeople. The book also highlights a number of specific jewelry styles, such as Art Nouveau by Lalique and Egyptian revival by Cartier. Other jewelers presented in the book include Tiffany, Van Cleef & Arpels, Faberge, and Bulgari—with illustrations of their dazzling pieces crafted from gold, silver, platinum, gems, pearls, and enamel.... Read More
Frontispiece from The Structure of the Wool Fibre

The Structure of the Wool Fibre

By Frederic Hungerford Bowman. London: Macmillan, 1908.
Adoption Amount: $850   Adoption Type: Preserve for the Future
Library: National Museum of American History Library

F. H. Bowman’s The Structure of the Wool Fibre and Its Relation to the Use of Wool for Technical Purposes is a seminal text in the history of vocational and technical education in Great Britain and here in the United States. This book is part of a series that, for the first time, examined fibers and their scientific properties, and how those properties could be applied to manufacture and industry. The Structure of the Wool Fibre contains 78 illustrations, some of which are in color, such as the lovely frontispiece pictured. Its chapters cover a wide range of topics, including... Read More

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