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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
Birth of the Cool

Birth of the Cool

By Barkley L. Hendricks. Durham, N.C: Nasher Museum of Art, c2008.
Adoption Amount: $500   Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: Smithsonian Libraries Research Annex

Birth of the Cool is just about the coolest book you’ll ever see. In this 2008 exhibition catalog of his first retrospective, Barkley L. Hendricks distills black identity into powerful three-quarter and full-length portraits that teem with style and attitude. His sitters are unapologetic in their self-presentation, and the result is a phenomenal elevation of African Americans who would have gone otherwise unnoticed in the immediate decades following Civil Rights. The title of this catalog, edited by Trevor Schoonmaker, stems from the iconic 1957 Miles Davis album that came to... 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: $300   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
Cover of Electric refrigerator menus and recipes

Electric refrigerator menus and recipes

By Alice Bradley. Cleveland: General Electric Co, 1928, c1927.
Adoption Amount: $450   Adoption Type: Preserve for the Future
Library: Smithsonian Libraries Research Annex

This 2nd edition of Electric refrigerator menus and recipes: recipes prepared especially for the General Electric refrigerator is dedicated to the "Modern Homemaker" and authored by the renowned dietitian, cookbook author, and radio show hostess Miss Alice Bradley, Principle of Miss (Fannie!) Farmer's School of Cookery in Boston, MA.  In 1927, when this cookbook and refrigeration guide was published, electric refrigeration was still in its infancy and Bradley rightly predicts that "the sum of its usefulness has not in any way been discovered."  Included within are general... Read More
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Short cuts to good eating

By Kerr Glass Manufacturing Corporation. [Sand Springs, OK, $c 1950]:
Adoption Amount: $350   Adoption Type: Preserve for the Future
Library: Smithsonian Libraries Research Annex

Short cuts to good eating: unusual and new recipes for using home canned foods was published by Kerr Glass Manufacturing Corporation. Ruth Kerr, the then-President of the 46 year old company, designed this post-war domestic guide with an eye to food preservation and thrift. "How-to-do-it" canning and recipes are included as well as a complimentary perforated sheet of ephemeral glue-treated jar labels which are still intact. See page 23 on how to can bone in steaks! Kerr Glass, riffing on the earlier metal lid and gasket used in canning, invented the self-sealing lid with... 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.
Adoption Amount: $350   Adoption Type: Preserve for the Future
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

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