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Black Gold

By Kenneth J. Kutz. Darien, CT: Gold Fever Pub, c1995.
Adoption Amount: $250   Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: National Postal Museum Library

Kenneth Kutz is the former President of Texasgulf Mining Corporation. He is also the former President of the Collectors Club of New York. The Collectors Club of New York was founded in 1896, making it one of the oldest existing philatelic societies in the United States. This book is about the philatelic history of oil. Stamps and covers (envelopes) are interwoven with postcard illustrations in chronological order of when the events depicted occurred. The book begins with Noah making the ark with coats of pitch. The book ends with a journey through World Wars One and Two... Read More
Black Power 50

Black Power 50

By Sylviane A. Diouf, Komozi Woodard and Khalil Gibran Muhammad. New York: The New Press, 2016.
Adoption Amount: $250   Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: National Museum of African American History & Culture Library

Since its introduction as a slogan in 1966, the term "Black Power" has inspired and shaped African American consciousness in remarkable ways. For many Americans, the idea of Black Power has restructured goals and redefined success. It has also inspired a new generation of activists who continue to build on the potency of these two simple words. Black Power 50 is a captivating introduction to the Black Power movement. The book includes interviews with notable figures from the movement's inception, essays from today’s top Black Power scholars, and more than 100 spectacular images. Read More
Black, Red, and Deadly

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
Blue roots

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
African American pilots

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
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Body Objects

New York: Pace Editions, 1971.
Adoption Amount: $250   Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Library

Whether through direct influences or broader affinities, African, Pre-Columbian, and Indigenous American objects undoubtedly informed the practice of Western artists throughout the 20th century. This catalog, from the inaugural show at New York’s Pace Primitive gallery, juxtaposes body objects from African, Pre-Columbian, and Indigenous American cultures with jewelry by Alexander Calder, Ernest Trova, Louise Nevelson, and Pablo Picasso. Seeing these objects side-by-side highlights aesthetic similarities and demonstrates that the “compulsion for self-embellishment by object... Read More
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Brown Gold

By Michelle H. Martin. New York: Routledge, 2004.
Adoption Amount: $300   Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: Anacostia Community Museum Library

Brown Gold traces the development of African American children’s literature from the 1870s to the 2000s. The book includes literary criticism and pedagogy, as well as literary history and cultural analysis. The author discusses the use and impact of racial terms such as Afro, Negro, African American, and others. The book also focuses on African American illustrations, and on how African Americans were portrayed and caricaturized in children’s picture books. The discussion addresses the impact of these portrayals on the experiences of African Americans in their daily lives. Read More
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California Gold

By Kenneth J. Kutz. Darien, CT: Gold Fever Pub, c1994.
Adoption Amount: $250   Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: National Postal Museum Library

This book is a compilation of prints of covers (or envelopes) and postcards from the California Gold Rush, featuring detailed information about each illustration. It portrays the adventure involved in prospecting for gold. Mining expert Kenneth Kutz begins his story with the discovery of gold in California and explores the connection between the gold rush and philately. Then he discusses mining law. Finally, he presents the reader with 20 years of correspondence to and from people working in the gold fields, beginning with the initial discovery of gold in 1848. The... Read More
Cape Town in watercolors

Cape Town

By Ronald Cohen. Cape Town, South Africa: Fernwood Press, 2015.
Adoption Amount: $250   Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: Warren M. Robbins Library, National Museum of African Art

Ronald Cohen, architect and artist, was born in South Africa and later moved to London where he succeeded as an interior designer. On holidays, he traveled and painted widely in Europe, South America, the Middle East, and Africa, always drawn to different varieties of architecture.  “But then I discovered Cape Town,” he wrote, “and there I found absolutely everything to delight my senses—the wonderful clarity of the light, the expansive golden beaches, the granite rocks and the sparkling sea . . . this amazing mélange of different styles of building reflecting different cultures... 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

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