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Awareness of Love

Awareness of Love

By Rafael F. Squirru. [Washington: H.K. Press, 1966].
Adoption Amount: $3,500   Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: American Art and Portrait Gallery Library

Born in Chile, but settling in the United States in the mid-1960s, Juan Downey explored many different art media. Although he became primarily known for his video art, he also created in other media, including painting, installations, and printmaking. Early in his career he studied in Santiago, Spain and then Paris, France where he focused on printmaking and painting. His early work already shows his interest in energy and concerns with navigating his Latin American heritage with his adopted home and ideals. He is now recognized as one of the earliest adopters of video art which... Read More


By Carlos Paez Vilaro. Bahia, Brazil: 1956.
Adoption Amount: $750   Adoption Type: Preserve for the Future
Library: Warren M. Robbins Library, National Museum of African Art

Carlos Páez Vilaró (1923-2014), born in the vibrant, multicultural city of Montevideo, Uruguay, was a self-taught, tirelessly creative painter, potter, sculptor, composer, architect/builder, and writer. He began his artistic career at age 16, sketching nightlife in the bars and cabarets of Buenos Aires. His lifelong preoccupation with African themes began back in Uruguay with the Afro-Uruguayan music and dance traditions elaborated by the descendants of African slaves and called Candomblé. Moving on to Bahía, Brazil, he was struck by the intensity of Afro-Brazilian culture,... Read More
New Process of Amalgamation of Gold and Silver Ores, title page

Baron Inigo Born's New Process of Amalgamation of Gold and Silver Ores

By Ignaz Born. London: Printed for T. Cadell, 1791.
Adoption Amount: $950   Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: Dibner Library of the History of Science and Technology

A new process for refining gold and silver from various ores is described for the first time in English in this text. The amalgamation process was invented by Baron Ignaz Edler von Born (aka. Inigo Born), and after a trial of the process was conducted in front of observers in Schemnitz, Slovakia, the book describing the process was published in 1786. It was then translated by Rudolf Erich Raspe, a ne’er-do-well who was originally from Germany. Appointed as Professor of Archaeology at the Collegium Carolinum in Cassel, Raspe sold objects from the Landgrave of Hesse medal collection for... Read More
Beschreibung einer Elektrisir-Maschine und deren Gebrauch

Beschreibung einer Elektrisir-Maschine und deren Gebrauch

By Georg Christoph Schmidt. Berlin: Verlegts Gottlieb August Lange, 1778.
Adoption Amount: $1,450   Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: Dibner Library of the History of Science and Technology

Second, enlarged and corrected edition of this very scarce tract on the author's electricity machine handsomely illustrated on the folding plates. This machine was used in physics experiments and occasionally for medicinal purposes. Schmidt (1740-1811) is identified as the "court instrument maker" and wrote several additional works on electricity. Read More
Beschreibung eines Ellipsograph

Beschreibung eines Ellipsograph

By Georg Friedrich Parrot. Gotha: In der Ettingerschen Buchhandlung, 1794.
Adoption Amount: $800   Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: Dibner Library of the History of Science and Technology

A superb monograph on the theory, construction and use of a mechanical drawing device to describe ellipses. The author, Georg Friedrich Parrot (1767 – 1852) was a German scientist, the first rector of the Imperial University of Dorpat (University of Tartu), being elected by the University Council consisting of all chaired professors. In this capacity, Parrot skillfully fought for the academic freedom and the self-government of the university, protecting her from the political pressure of Baltic German barons who had been given the right to autonomously govern in the Baltic provinces. The... Read More
Bible   in Mohawk

Bible [in Mohawk]

[New York: Published by the Young Men's Bible Society of New-York, auxiliary to the Bible Society of the Methodist Episcopal Church, 1836].
Adoption Amount: $4,500   Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: Joseph F. Cullman 3rd Library of Natural History

Native American languages have been a central research interest at the Smithsonian since the late 1800s when anthropologist John Wesley Powell founded the Bureau of American Ethnology and (who is he?) James C. Pilling compiled his still-authoritative bibliographies on Native American linguistic families. This volume contains the texts of 17 separately published books of the New Testament in Mohawk: the Gospel of St. John; the Acts of the Apostles; 14 Epistles of Paul, John, James, and Jude; and finally the Revelation of John. H.A. Hill, the translator of some of them, was a Mohawk... Read More
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Bible History in the Sioux Indian Language

By Jerome Hunt. Fort Trotten, N.D: Printed at the Indian Mission, 1897.
Adoption Amount: $600   Adoption Type: Preserve for the Future
Library: John Wesley Powell Library of Anthropology

The introduction of print by Europeans to Native North America, which previously had a long rich oral tradition, is also the story of attempts to convert the Indians to Christianity. In their efforts to do so, missionaries relied on Native people to teach them the language and to assist them in the translation and printing of bible passages, hymns, prayers, and liturgies. This book is an example of that. The writer and translator, Reverend Jerome Hunt, spent more than 50 years as a priest, largely with the Sioux in North Dakota. This volume includes a rich history of the Bible,... Read More
Cover of Bicycling for Ladies

Bicycling for ladies

By Maria E. Ward. New York: Brentano's, 1896.
Adoption Amount: $300   Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: National Museum of American History Library

Bicycling represented a form of freedom for many women in the late 1800s. They were able to move about easily under their own steam, without having to rely on anyone else. While many books on bicycling were published during this time, few were aimed at the growing number of women cyclists. The author of this book, Maria E. Ward, was an avid bicyclist and active member of the Staten Island Bicycle Club. Her book provides practical information and advice to help women become accomplished cyclists, with detailed instructions on the proper way to ride. Ward also advocated for women... Read More
Cover of Biggle Orchard Book: Fruit and Orchard Gleanings from Bough to Basket

Biggle Orchard Book

By Jacob Biggle. Philadelphia: W. Atkinson Co, 1911.
Adoption Amount: $350   Adoption Type: Preserve for the Future
Library: Botany and Horticulture Library

This pocket-sized book is part of the Biggle Farm Library, a collection of numerous volumes that cover a gamut of agricultural topics from gardening to bee-keeping to raising pigs and horses. The author, Jacob Biggle, states that his book “aims to tell the inquiring reader just what he or she needs to know--no more, no less.”  He writes with a folksy wisdom covering all aspects of orchard care, incorporating sage advice from Harriet and Farmer Vincent. The book starts with advice about the proper planning and siting of an orchard, where he advises putting on “your thinking cap”... Read More


By David Burnie. New York: DK Pub, 2012.
Adoption Amount: $300   Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: National Zoological Park Library

This field guide includes all of the major groups of birds worldwide with beautiful photographs of representatives of each family. Each page is full of detailed and useful information about the characteristics of each of the highlighted species – their unique taxonomy, range, habitat, size, nesting and migration habits, and similar species. The book also provides well-illustrated overviews of bird anatomy, flight, migration, and breeding habitats, as well as helpful advice about watching and identifying birds. It is an excellent guide to the identification and... Read More