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Cover of Afro-Americans in Dentistry

Afro-Americans in Dentistry

By Clifton O. Dummett & Lois D. Dummett. Los Angeles: C. Dummett, c1978.
Adoption Amount: $450   Adoption Type: Preserve for the Future
Library: Smithsonian Libraries Research Annex

African American dental practices were first documented in 18th century, when dentistry was a crude trade learned by apprenticeship to perform necessary extractions. Extramural dentistry is the practice of exercising dental expertise outside of the institution and bringing dental care and education into the community. In this book, Clifford O. Dummett, D.D.S., and Lois Doyle Dummett, B.A., thread together the milestones and contributions of African American dental history. This historical overview addresses such issues as race, segregation, education, and how community dentistry is a... Read More
Cover of Compliments of Standard Rice Company, Inc., millers of rice since 1902

Compliments of Standard Rice Company, Inc., millers of rice since 1902

Houston, Tex.: The Firm, [193-?].
Adoption Amount: $350   Adoption Type: Preserve for the Future
Library: Smithsonian Libraries Research Annex

This promotional recipe booklet is a striking adverstisment for White House Cereals.  Most likely published in the late 1930's, the front cover is fashioned as a 3-D commercial food carton while the back cover displays their full product line.  Bright yellow and die-cut, this booklet was intended as an eye-catching calling card.  Die-cutting dates back to the Victorian era when industrial machines could mass-produce and print the same attractive shapes over and over again, like the celebrated Victorian-era Valentines.  The recipes within "contributed by both domestice science experts... Read More
Inside Dark Companion

Dark Companion

By Bradley Robinson. New York: K. M. McBride, 1947.
Adoption Amount: $350   Adoption Type: Preserve for the Future
Library: Smithsonian Libraries Research Annex

Dark Companion chronicles the polar expedition of African American explorer, Matthew Henson. Born in 1866, four years after the Emancipation Proclamation was issued, Henson went on to triumph as one of the first men to “stand on top of the world." On April 6, 1909 Henson, along with Robert Peary, co-discovered the North Pole. Hundreds had previously attempted, and failed, to reach the elusive polar ice cap. Peary declared that the success of their expedition would not have been possible without the expertise and intelligence of his companion, the man the Eskimos fondly referred... Read More

Sinking of the "Titanic"

By Jay Henry Mowbray. Harrisburg, Pa.: The Minter Company, 1912.
Adoption Amount: $750   Adoption Type: Preserve for the Future
Library: Smithsonian Libraries Research Annex

How fast could you write a 300 page book? Sensationalist journalist Jay Henry Mowbray turned out this edition of The Sinking of the Titanic (complete with illustrations and ready for sale) by May 11, 1912, less than a month after the ship struck that infamous iceberg. Speed puts this book into a curious genre—the “instant book.” The instant book narrates a contemporaneous event through a collage of sources, like government hearings or embellished descriptions, coalesced by journalists, then sold door-to-door as soon as possible. But why the need for speed? Like today, the... Read More
Map from Statistical Atlas of the United States

Statistical Atlas of the United States

By Walker, Francis A.. Department of the Interior, Census Office, 1874.
Adoption Amount: $1,600   Adoption Type: Preserve for the Future
Library: Smithsonian Libraries Research Annex

In Booker T. Washington’s landmark autobiography Up From Slavery, he gives one of the earliest accounts of the "Black Belt." This term was first used geographically for the band of dark, rich soil that runs through the Deep South. But, after the Civil War, the Black Belt became descriptive of its high population of freed African Americans who stayed in the vicinity of the plantations on which they were once enslaved. The Statistical Atlas of the United States (published in 1870) depicted this demography by pioneering the use of infographics, rarely seen before this date... Read More
Inside The Hampton album

The Hampton Album

By Frances Benjamin Johnston. New York: Museum of Modern Art, c1966.
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Library: Smithsonian Libraries Research Annex

The Hampton Album elegantly depicts the industrial and agricultural skills that were taught to students at the Hampton Normal and Agricultural Institute (later Hampton Institute in 1930, and finally Hampton University in 1984), the historically black school founded in Virginia in 1868 to educate freed slaves. The original images in this album were part of a series of photographs compiled by W.E.B Du Bois for the exhibition of African American life featured at the sensational world’s fair, the Paris Exposition of 1900. Du Bois won a gold medal for his role as compiler and... Read More
Text-wrapped illustration of a knight on horseback

The history of the tournament in England and in France

By Francis Henry Cripps-Day. [London]: B. Quaritch limited, 1918.
Adoption Amount: $850   Adoption Type: Preserve for the Future
Library: Smithsonian Libraries Research Annex

This hidden gem of a first edition is full of rich history, not only of the chivalric contests of the Middle Ages that it analyzes, but also of the history of the Smithsonian Institution and book history. Delving into the nitty-gritty of the sport over its half-millennium history, this book introduces important terminology used in the study of chivalry. This particular copy came from the library of Thomas Temple Hoopes, a curator most famous for his eponymous prize at Harvard, but whose Smithsonian connections run deep. Not only does the Smithsonian Libraries hold his books on firearms... Read More
Cover of The Royal No. 10 cook book

The Royal No. 10 cook book

St. Joseph, Mo.: Adath Joseph Sisterhood, [19--?].
Adoption Amount: $550   Adoption Type: Preserve for the Future
Library: Smithsonian Libraries Research Annex

The Adath Joseph Sisterhood of St. Joseph, Missouri was a Jewish Ladies Auxilery in the nation's bread-basket.  This recipe compilation is undated but based on the Arts and Crafts era design on the cover, printing fonts, and presence of vintage Schlitz and Budweiser beer ads we can assume the Royal No. 10 Cook Book was published in the second decade of the 20th century, predating the Prohibition era.  In lieu of an introduction to their collection of recipes we are given a moral: "Use ours with safety, as they have all been tried and tested".  Based on the condition of this... Read More
Recipes issued by the Washington Gas Light Company

[Recipes issued by the Washington Gas Light Company, Home Service Department, Washington, D.C.]

Adoption Amount: $500   Adoption Type: Preserve for the Future
Library: Smithsonian Libraries Research Annex

This grouping of mimeographed recipes by Ruth Sheldon the Director of the Home Services Department of the Washington Gas Light Company are likely the earliest edition(s) of recipe collections that would later be published in book form by the Company. The kitchen-tested and nutritious recipes were a promotional courtesy to new customers of modern gas light ranges. Sheldon's Bachelor of Science degree in Home Economics and teaching backgroud parlayed nicely into a career during WWII in Washington, D.C. where she served on the District of Columbia Wartime Nutrition Committee and the... Read More
Arizona highways.

Arizona Highways - v.20-21 (1944-1945)

[Phoenix: Arizona Department of Transportation], 1944-1945.
Adoption Amount: $500   Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: Smithsonian Libraries Research Annex

“Civilization Follows the Improved Highway.” That was, and still is, the motto of the enduring and always alluring travel magazine Arizona Highways. This copy of volumes 20 and 21 covers 1944-1945. It was first published in the 1925 as an engineering newsletter by the Arizona Highway Department. By the 1930’s, it had segued into a magazine documenting the road construction of the expanding highway system throughout Arizona. In the 1940’s, the magazine excelled as one of the first color-illustrated travel magazines at the forefront color printing technology. ... Read More

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