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Books Available for Adoption

Black American Heritage Through United States Postage Stamps

By R. Charles Allen. Washington: Bridge Publications, c1979.
Adoption Amount: $250   Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: National Postal Museum Library

This thin, 26-paged booklet has both color portraits and black and white pencil sketches of prominent heroes of Black History. Written by three Black doctors, it was published in Washington, D.C. Part One is arranged in chronological order based on significant events in American history. For example, two Black heroes of the American Revolution (the first Blacks to fight at Bunker Hill), three Black heroes of the Civil Rights Movement, two Black heroes in education, one hero in literature, one scientist, and two heroes in the arts. Part Two covers significant subjects, such as the... Read More

Black Aviator

By William J. Powell. Washington: Smithsonian Institution Press, c1994.
Adoption Amount: $250   Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: Anacostia Community Museum Library

Published by the Smithsonian, this wonderful book is an updated copy of the 1934 book entitled "Black Wings." The original was written by an African American army officer and WWI veteran, Lt. William Jenifer Powell. Released 60 years after the original, this copy includes an introduction by the Smithsonian's Curator of Russian/Soviet & African-American Aviation. To make it even more special, this exact copy was donated by the (late) second Director of the Anacostia Community Museum, Steven Newsome, who started out his career as a librarian! This small book details the life of the... Read More

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

Black Valor

By Frank N. Schubert. Wilmington, Del: Scholarly Resources, 1997.
Adoption Amount: $250   Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: National Museum of African American History & Culture Library and Archives

The African American soldiers who served in the Spanish-American War and the Indian Wars were known as the “Buffalo Soldiers.” Especially remarkable is that  both of these conflicts occured during the latter half of the 19th century, meaning that some of Buffalo Soldiers had been enslaved just years prior. Yet in spite of this and other obstacles, they were known for serving with valor and honor. In addition, they were tasked with the controversial job of helping to "settle" western states, including Arizona. Twenty-three of them received the Medal of Honor, the nation's highest... Read More

Black, Red, and Deadly

By Arthur T. Burton. Austin, Tex: Eakin Press, 1991.
Adoption Amount: $250   Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: Vine Deloria, Jr. Library, National Museum of the American Indian

You may know the names of Jesse James, Billy the Kid, or Pat Garrett. But what about Buss Luckey, the Rufus Buck Gang, the Lighthorsemen, or Zeke Miller? Although whites dominate popular depictions of the lawless west, Black, Red and Deadly presents the sagas of African-American and American Indian outlaws and bona fide law enforcers in Indian Territory. Luckey was an African American convicted bandit who dynamited a train carrying $60,000 in gold bullion. On the good side, there were Cherokee, Choctaw, and Creek Lighthorse units who served as mounted police; and, Miller was a... Read More

Black: A Celebration of Culture

Irvington, N.Y: Hylas Pub.; New York: Distributed by St. Martin's Press, 2004.
Adoption Amount: $250   Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: National Museum of African American History & Culture Library and Archives

With over 500 photographs dating from the turn of the 20th century to the present day, Black: A Celebration of a Culture exhibits the vivacious landscape of black culture not only in America, but also around the world. Taken from music, art, fashion, sports, family, worship, and play, the photos shown in this book were researched at the Smithsonian Institution, Library of Congress, and select photographers, and hand-picked by Deborah Willis, America's leading historian of African-American photography. Willis is also a member of the Scholarly Advisory Committee for the National... Read More

Blue Roots

By Roger Pinckney. St. Paul, Minn: Llewellyn Publications, c1998.
Adoption Amount: $250   Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: Anacostia Community Museum Library

At less than 200 pages, this small paperback book is filled with black and white photographs depicting Gullah life. Gullahs are the descendants of slaves, specifically from the Lowcountry regions of the United States, including Georgia and South Carolina. The author is from South Carolina Gullah country. This book is about roots that can be used for healing, curses, good luck, bad luck, etc. The author’s dad was the county coroner, so he is familiar with death. Folk magic permeates Gullah culture, in a way very similar to voodoo. Haunts, spells, suffering roots, hexes, goofer dust (... Read More

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
Catalogue d'une tres-belle collection des objets de troise regnes de la nature...

Catalogue d'une tres-belle collection des objets de troise regnes de la nature...

[Frankfurt am Main?: s.n.], 1777.
Adoption Amount: $5,500   Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: Joseph F. Cullman 3rd Library of Natural History

This is the auction catalogue of one of the most impressive private collections of natural-history specimens ever formed. Pasquay (1719-77) was a physician in Frankfurt and privy councilor of Anhalt-Dessau; he formed the collection over many years, assembling more than 9000 specimens of minerals, shells, plants, woods, and animals, as well as 100 scientific instruments. Private collections like Pasquay's were crucial to taxonomic and systematic research in the centuries before university collections and national museums became the large and welcoming resources that they are today.... Read More
Catalogue de la collection archéologique provenant des fouilles et explorations

Catalogue de la collection archéologique provenant des fouilles et explorations

By Désiré Charnay. Paris: J. Tremblay, 1883.
Adoption Amount: $2,750   Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: Joseph F. Cullman 3rd Library of Natural History

This rare catalogue of an exhibition in Paris in 1883, "held by only six libraries in the U.S.," provides descriptions and brief historical explanations of 102 antiquities from Mexico and the Yucatan that famed French archaeologist Désiré Charnay acquired during an expedition of 1880-1882, including plans of newly discovered Toltec palaces, Aztec statues and funeral urns, and bas-reliefs found in Yucatan villages. It relates directly to studies on pre-historic Meso-American artifacts (including the so-called "crystal skulls") by anthropologists at the Smithsonian and is of particular... Read More

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