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African Americans on stamps

African Americans on Stamps

By United States Postal Service. Washington, D.C.: United States Postal Service, 2004.
Adoption Amount: $250   Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: National Postal Museum Library

This thin, thirty-paged color booklet was published by the United States Postal Service thirteen years ago. The Black Heritage stamp series began in 1978, and ever since then, African American heroes and heroines have been honored on postage stamps. The Citizens Stamp Advisory Committee, CSAC, votes on which candidate will be the next postage stamp. Harriet Tubman was the first Black Heritage postage stamp. This booklet is arranged alphabetically from A to Z beginning with the dancer Alvin Ailey and ending with Presidential Medal of Freedom winner Whitney Moore Young. Read More
Cover of African-American Pioneers in Anthropology

African-American Pioneers in Anthropology

Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1999.
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Library: John Wesley Powell Library of Anthropology

This book highlights the lives, works, and accomplishments of African American scholars in recent history whose work is influential in the field of anthropology. The contributions of these scholars vary, ranging from the cultural impacts of Zora Neale Hurston’s field works and writings to Caroline Bond Day and her research in physical anthropology. Each chapter focuses on a specific person, discussing both their biography and their scholarly work. This book is important to the collection as documentation of the diversity within anthropology, as well as a thorough... Read More
Cover of Africanisms in the Gullah Dialect

Africanisms in the Gullah Dialect

By Lorenzo Dow Turner. Columbia: University of South Carolina Press, c2002,
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Library: Anacostia Community Museum Library

This is a new edition of Turner's original 1949 masterpiece, which was a seminal work in Afrocentric linguistics. Arranged like a dictionary, it has Gullah words on the left side of each page, and the corresponding West African words on the right side. Gullah is a language spoken by the eponymous people descended from former slaves in the coastal regions of South Carolina and Georgia. Pioneering linguist Lorenzo Dow Turner also uses this book to discuss the distinctively Gullah way of writing. Examining this book, a reader can easily see how the African languages changed into Gullah, a... Read More
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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 dental milestones and contributions in African American history. Their overview addresses such issues as race, segregation, education, and how community dentistry is a... Read More
Jeremy Deller, After the Gold Rush, front and back cover

After the Gold Rush

By Jeremy Deller. San Francisco: CCAC Wattis Institute, 2002.
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Library: Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Library

In 2001, British artist Jeremy Deller received a residency from the CCAC Wattis Institute in San Francisco. He applied his honorarium toward a used Jeep and five acres of land in the Mojave Desert for $2000, thereby staking his own claim upon the Golden State. His fellowship resulted in an unorthodox but compelling guidebook tracing California’s history from the 19th-century mining boom to the post-dot-com recession, as found along its dusty highways and in its roadside museums. Through anecdotes, interviews, photographs, and audio recordings, Deller explores the people who make up the... Read More
Henry Tanner - Disciples See Christ Walking on the Water

After Whistler

New Haven: High Museum of Art, c2003.
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Library: Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Library

Travel to Paris was a prerequisite for aspiring American painters of the late nineteenth century. Henry Ossawa Tanner (1859-1937), an African American painter born in Pittsburgh, was among the throng of artists to journey there. Tanner decided to become a painter at the age of thirteen after seeing an artist painting outdoors in a park in Philadelphia. In 1897, Tanner enrolled in the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts where he studied under Thomas Eakins (1844-1916). By 1891, he had arrived in Paris and enrolled in the Académie Julian, his study funded by Atlanta-based patrons Bishop... Read More
Ai Weiwei: Circle of Animals, page spread with gold fountainheads

Ai Weiwei: Circle of Animals

By Weiwei Ai. Munich; London; New York: Prestel, 2011.
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Library: Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Library

This exhibition catalog explores the 2010 monumental work Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads, created by internationally acclaimed contemporary Chinese artist and social activist Ai Weiwei. The work is a reimagining of a Qing dynasty zodiac water-clock system at the Old Summer Palace near Beijing, which was looted in 1850 during the Second Opium War. Ai reinterpreted the original fountainheads in a gold series and a bronze series, as his first monumental public art installation. Ai’s work explores ideas about authenticity and reproduction, examines how contemporary culture creates value,... Read More
Algorithmus linealis numerationem additionem subtractionem duplationem, mediationem, multiplicationem, divisionem, et progessionem una cum regula de tri per stringens.

Algorithmus linealis numerationem additionem subtractionem duplationem, mediationem, multiplicationem, divisionem, et progessionem una cum regula de tri per stringens.

By Heinrich Auerbach. [Leipzig]: Impressum Liptzk p[er] ... Martinu[m] Lanssburgk Herbipolensem ..., 1512.
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Library: Dibner Library of the History of Science and Technology

One of the earliest treatises on calculation by the aid of counters on an abacus. In the dedication Heinrich Stromer von Auerbach (1482-1542) refers to Aristotle and Boethius. There is a brief introduction on the use of counters or projectiles, then the work covers addition, subtraction, duplication, mediation, multiplication, division, progression, and the rule of three. Read More
All That Glitters

All That Glitters

By Michael L. Wayman, Editor. Montreal: Metallurgical Society of the Canadian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy, c1989.
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Library: Museum Support Center Library

Learn more about the history of metallurgy! Published in 1989 by the Metallurgical Society of the Canadian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy, and edited by Michael L. Wayman, All That Glitters features a selection of 43 scholarly articles on topics ranging from metallurgy to mining, which originally appeared in the Bulletin of the Canadian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy. Accompanying the articles on metallurgy are black-and-white photographs and illustrations. Read More
Title Page of American Entomology

American entomology

By Thomas Say. Philadelphia: Published by Mitchell and Ames, 1817.
Adoption Amount: $1,600   Adoption Type: Preserve for the Future
Library: Joseph F. Cullman 3rd Library of Natural History

Thomas Say (1787-1834) was a self-taught naturalist who has come to be considered the Father of American Entomology.  In 1812 he became one of the founding/charter members of the Academy of Natural Sciences at Philadelphia and actually lived at the Academy and tended its small museum for several years.  He also began publishing this book – part 1 came out in 1817 – but his participation in several scientific expeditions delayed its completion until later in the 1820s.  In this and other works he described and named over 1400 species of insects (especially... Read More

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