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Les Morpho d'Amérique du Sud et Centrale

By E. Le Moult & P. Réal. Paris: Cabinet Entomologique E. Le Moult, 1962-1963.
Adoption Type: Preserve for the Future
Library: Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute Library

A lovely monograph on these famous blue butterflies of Latin America, this supplement of the magazine "Novitates Entomologicae" is beautifully illustrated with 92 plates, 20 in full color. The morpho butterflies comprise many species of Neotropical butterfly under the genus Morpho. They have a characteristic vivid blue color and shiny wings that reflect the light, making them easy to spot amidst the jungle canopy. They are one of the largest butterflies in the world, measuring around six inches long and with wing spans of up to 20 centimeters. Morpho butterflies can be found...
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Panama Canal Bride

By Elizabeth Kittredge Parker. New York City: Exposition Press, 1955.
Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute Library

From its curious title, we can deduce that this book does not concern engineering or military considerations of the Panama Canal. Rather, the author Mrs. Parker takes us to see the day-to-day life of the thousands of Americans, referred to as Zonians, who lived in what was known as The Canal Zone. It tells us about domestic life in the mid-20th century, how women supported their husbands who served in the military service that protected the Canal, or the workers who maintained the logistics part of the operation of the Canal itself. The author describes how families living outside...
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Hawaiian Nature Notes

By E. H. Bryan. Honolulu: Honolulu Star-Bulletin, 1933.
Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: National Museum of Natural History Library

This slim volume of Hawaii’s natural history was compiled when Hawaii was still a territory of the United States (Hawaii became a state in 1961.).  Written in an accessible style, it positively brims with information about Hawaii from the formation of its volcanos and history of its indigenous people to the cellular make-up of the Portuguese Man-of-War and the destructive quality of Hawaiian rats.  Each of the fifty entries were originally published as a series of weekly articles in the Honolulu Advertiser from April 1932 to April 1933.  Most are accompanied by drawings and feature ...
Controversy and Hope

Controversy and Hope

By James H. Karales. Columbia, South Carolina: University of South Carolina Press, 2013.
Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: National Museum of African American History & Culture Library and Archives

Controversy and Hope is an immersion into not only the 54-mile Voting Rights marches from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, but also a view into a range of civil rights events from 1960 to 1965. Photojournalist James Karales was also an acquaintance of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and had exclusive access to him and the events that took place surrounding the 1965 demonstrations against racist segregation and repression that had disenfranchised many African Americans. The 93 plates in this book, some of which share personal insights into the life of Dr. King, grant a view into the Civil...
The Lost Artwork of Hollywood, illustration: A Night at the Opera

The Lost Artwork of Hollywood

New York: Watson-Guptill Publications, 1996.
Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: American Art and Portrait Gallery Library

Whether romantic farces in black-and-white or western epics in Technicolor, movies from Hollywood's golden age were introduced to the world by entrancing posters. The Lost Artwork of Hollywood is a tribute to the illustrators and artists who created posters and other promotional materials to spark the imagination of the public. Focusing on movies of the 1920s, 30s, and 40s, the book contains over 100 images from film promotional materials, many of them full-page reproductions. Each image is accompanied by an informative blurb that comments on the artwork, the artist’s technique, and...
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The Lure of the Garden

By Hildegarde Hawthorne. New York: The Century Co., 1911.
Adoption Type: Preserve for the Future
Library: Botany and Horticulture Library

This is not a typical book on gardening methods, but rather a meditation on how each of us responds to a garden as a place, and on the importance of gardens to humans’ well-being. Chapter topics include the “social side of gardens” and "gardens of well-known people." Author Hildegarde Hawthorne was the granddaughter of Nathaniel Hawthorne and a prolific writer in her own right. The book is richly illustrated with drawings and black-and-white photographs. The last chapter speculates about America’s future gardens. Will we have stately gardens similar to those in England, Italy, and France? One...
Recipes issued by the Washington Gas Light Company

Recipes issued by the Washington Gas Light Company, Home Service Department, Washington, D.C.


Adoption Type: Preserve for the Future
Library: Smithsonian Libraries Research Annex

This grouping of mimeographed recipes by Ruth Sheldon the Director of the Home Services Department of the Washington Gas Light Company are likely the earliest edition(s) of recipe collections that would later be published in book form by the Company. The kitchen-tested and nutritious recipes were a promotional courtesy to new customers of modern gas light ranges. Sheldon's Bachelor of Science degree in Home Economics and teaching backgroud parlayed nicely into a career during WWII in Washington, D.C. where she served on the District of Columbia Wartime Nutrition Committee and the Wartime...
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Three Little Gardeners

By L. Agnes Talbot. London: S. C. Brown, Langham & Co., Ltd, 1904.
Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: Botany and Horticulture Library

An early twentieth century book in which an older gardener named Giles teaches three children, named Mark, Dorothy, and Ruth how to create their first garden. The book chronicles them caring for the garden in their first year. The reader begins in January and ends with the garden blanketed with snow in December. The children learn the importance of doing garden chores each month and if you “take care of your plants and treat them rightly, they are sure to reward you with beautiful flowers.” The delightful illustrations throughout the book are by Gertrude M. Bradley, an illustrator of...
Sculptures Precieuses et Bijoux de Braque, cover

Sculptures Precieuses et Bijoux de Braque

By Georges Braque. Geneva: Fine Arts International, [1971?].
Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Library

Georges Braque was a major 20th-century French painter, sculptor, draughtsman, and printmaker. At the age of 79, Braque turned his attention to jewelry. He teamed up with master jeweler Baron Heger de Löwenfeld to turn 110 gouache maquettes into intricately textured gold sculptures inlaid with precious stones. The collection, inspired by Greek mythology, incorporates themes of flight and metamorphosis. The two artists worked so closely together that Braque referred to De Löwenfeld as the “continuation of my hand.” This 1971 catalog reflects the first New York exhibition of the collection....
Four Friezes in Panoramic Friezes, Wall Decorations

Panoramic Friezes, Wall Decorations

By Schmitz-Horning Co.. [Cleveland, Ohio: The Company, 1913?]:
Adoption Type: Preserve for the Future
Library: Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Library

The muted colors and illustrative style of the Arts & Crafts movement period are featured in this color trade catalog from 1912-13. The company focused on making large wallpaper friezes, and was one of the first companies to develop a washable color wallpaper printed with oils that could be cleaned with a damp cloth or sponge. It was called San-kro-mura, the “sanitary” wall covering. The company produced wallpaper with panoramic views of mountains, deserts, forests, lakes, and scenic narratives of folklore and history. The catalog states they made possible “Art in the Home.” ...

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