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De pipere cubeba [Cubebs]

De pipere cubeba [Cubebs]

By Carl Peter Thunberg. Upsaliæ: excudebant Palmblad & c., [1827].
Adoption Amount: $350   Adoption Type: Preserve for the Future
Library: Joseph F. Cullman 3rd Library of Natural History

Cubeb, native to Java and Sumatra, is cultivated for its berries and oil and has been used for centuries in herbal medicine and as a flavoring – similar to allspice or pepper – in gin, chewing gum, and various other products. Mentioned in ancient Greek and Roman texts, as well as in the Arabian “One thousand and one nights” and the travels of Marco Polo, the species is the focus of this university dissertation written by Professor Carl Peter Thunberg. In 18th- and 19th-century Europe, professors wrote the dissertations; the student’s job was to explicate and defend it and pay for its... Read More
Der Conservator oder prakitische Anleitung, Naturalien aller Reiche zu sammeln, zu conserviren und fur wissenschaftliche Zwecke...Mineralien und Pflanzen versehen.

Der Conservator oder prakitische Anleitung, Naturalien aller Reiche zu sammeln, zu conserviren und fur wissenschaftliche Zwecke...Mineralien und Pflanzen versehen.

By A. V. Streubel. Berlin: Verlag von Ferdinand Rubach, 1845.
Adoption Amount: $1,450   Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: Joseph F. Cullman 3rd Library of Natural History

This is a manual for collecting, preserving, and organizing natural-history specimens: specifically, the arrangement of a mineral collection, organizing a botanical collection and creating an herbarium, and the conservation of zoological exhibits. These subjects form one of the Cullman Library's particular interests, in support of collection management staff as well as historical research at the National Museum of Natural History. The half-dozen or so German manuals in our collection fall mainly at either end of the 1800s, and this one forms a continuum through the 19th century. The book... Read More

Der kameruner Schiffsschnabel und seine Motive

By Leo Frobenius. Halle, Germany: E. Karras, 1897.
Adoption Amount: $300   Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: Warren M. Robbins Library, National Museum of African Art

These stunningly ornamental canoe prows glide through the coastal waterways of the Cameroon, where the Duala people live. German anthropologist Leo Frobenius traveled to this bucolic West African setting and documented his findings in this 1897 book. To make this piece even more special, it is one of only nine copies exist in the United States. Read More
Die Versteinerungen des Steinkohlengebirges von Wettin und Lobejun im Sallkreise, bildlich dargestellt und beschreiben...

Die Versteinerungen des Steinkohlengebirges von Wettin und Lobejun im Sallkreise, bildlich dargestellt und beschreiben...

By E. F. Germar. Halle: C.A. Schwetschke und Sohn, 1844-1853.
Adoption Amount: $2,400   Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: Joseph F. Cullman 3rd Library of Natural History

This book by Germar (1786-1853), a professor of mineralogy at the University of Halle and the director of its mineralogical cabinet/museum, focuses on fossils discovered in Saxony, constituting some of the earliest fossil material described in Europe. It is of considerable importance to paleobiology, as the plant and animal taxa described in it are the basis of species, genus, and family names in modern paleoentomology and paleobotany. Read More

Dineh Bizad, Navaho, his language

Tolchaco, Ariz.: Mission to the Navaho Indians, [pref. 1910].
Adoption Amount: $450   Adoption Type: Preserve for the Future
Library: John Wesley Powell Library of Anthropology

This small 4 x 6 inch handbook written by Presbyterian missionary Frederick G Mitchel is  “ . .  the fruit of a sincere desire to help those who seek a working knowledge of the Navaho language.”   It includes an alphabet with English sound words, conjugated verbs, an English-Navaho word list and other subject-oriented word lists for places, travel, greetings, time and seasons, money and numbers, personal pronouns, parts of the body, and family relations.  In warning the reader how difficult Navaho is to learn, Mitchell could never have dreamed that difficulty would turn into an asset... Read More
Directions for making collections in natural history, prepared for the National Institute for the Promotion of Science

Directions for making collections in natural history, prepared for the National Institute for the Promotion of Science

By H. King. Washington: Printed by Gales and Seaton, 1840.
Adoption Amount: $250   Adoption Type: Preserve for the Future
Library: Joseph F. Cullman 3rd Library of Natural History

This slim pamphlet, prepared for a short-lived organization that preceded the founding of the Smithsonian Institution, is one of a numerous collection of early instructions for collecting specimens of plants and animals. These publications reflect the growing recognition of the importance of proper preservation techniques and record-keeping for natural-history collections, as private collections evolved into public museums through the 19th century. Read More
Discours sur la structure des fleurs, leurs differences et l'usage de leurs parties....

Discours sur la structure des fleurs, leurs differences et l'usage de leurs parties....

By Sébastien Vaillant. A Leide: Chez Pierre vander Aa ..., MDCCXVIII [1718].
Adoption Amount: $4,125   Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: Joseph F. Cullman 3rd Library of Natural History

This short publication by a little-known botanist gave Linnaeus the diagnostic tools and the anatomical terminology for his sexual system of classifying plants. After studying botany under Tournefort at the Jardin des Plantes in Paris, Vaillant (1669-1722) established a herbarium there and showed such talent and dedication that over time he rose through the ranks to become the director. This publication is his inaugural address for the opening of a new portion of the Jardin in 1717, in which he described his observations of the reproductive characteristics of plants "identifying the... Read More

Diseases and Enemies of Poultry

By Leonard Pearson. Harrisburg: C.M Busch, c1897.
Adoption Amount: $250   Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: Museum Support Center Library

While he graduated with a degree in agriculture at Cornell, it was summer work on combating contagious diseases in cattle that led to Dr. Leonard Pearson’s (1868-1909) interest in veterinary medicine. Upon graduating from the University of Pennsylvania’s veterinary school, Dr. Pearson continued his work on protecting cattle and would eventually rise from Professor of Medicine to Dean of the Veterinary School to Pennyslvania’s State Veterinarian. Expanding his research into poultry, Dr. Pearson recognized how the introduction of new flocks to an existing group increased the risk of the... Read More
Dissertatio botanica de dracæna [Dragon trees]

Dissertatio botanica de dracæna [Dragon trees]

By Carl Peter Thunberg. Upsaliæ: typis Edmannianis, [1808].
Adoption Amount: $350   Adoption Type: Preserve for the Future
Library: Joseph F. Cullman 3rd Library of Natural History

Dragon trees are a genus of about 120 species of trees and shrubs in the family Asparagaceae, native almost exclusively to Africa. Some of the smaller species are popular as houseplants and have earned a “green” reputation for their ability to clear pollutants from the air. They are the focus of this university dissertation written by Professor Carl Peter Thunberg. In 18th- and 19th-century Europe, professors wrote the dissertations; the student’s job was to explicate and defend it and pay for its publication. SIL holds dozens of these botanical and zoological papers by the great... Read More
Dissertatio botanica de palmis [Palms]

Dissertatio botanica de palmis [Palms]

By Carl Peter Thunberg. Upsaliæ: excudebant Palmblad et c., [1825].
Adoption Amount: $350   Adoption Type: Preserve for the Future
Library: Joseph F. Cullman 3rd Library of Natural History

Palms comprise a group of 181 genera totaling 2600 species of plants in tropical, sub-tropical, and temperate ecosystems. Originating from a single ancestor species but now highly diverse due to adaptive radiation, palms have been economically important since being cultivated in Mesopotamia 5000 years ago. They are the focus of this university dissertation written by Professor Carl Peter Thunberg. In 18th- and 19th-century Europe, professors wrote the dissertations; the student’s job was to explicate and defend it and pay for its publication. SIL holds dozens of these botanical and... Read More

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