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Adopted Books
Two black and white whale illustrations from Kumano

Kii Kumano Taiji-ura Hogei-shi

By Kumano Taiji-ura Hogei-shi Hensan I'inkai. Wakayama-ken Higashimuro-gun: Taji Suisan Senshū Gakkō, 1932.
Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: Joseph F. Cullman 3rd Library of Natural History

In Japan, hunting with hand-thrown harpoons is thought to have begun around 1200 C.E. Organized open-boat whaling began in the 1570s, and by the early 1600s a fishery was established in Taiji based on a group-hunting system. This book documents the history of the methods, equipment, and targets of these centuries of activity, primarily right whales, humpbacks, and gray and fin whales. The 48 graceful illustrations in the book depict the whales themselves along with the whaling boats and equipment used over the centuries. The book is printed on double leaves folded at the fore-edge and stab-...
Cover, Official Art Exhibition of the Palace of Fine Arts, Balboa Park.

Official Art Exhibition of the Palace of Fine Arts, Balboa Park.

By California Pacific International Exposition. San Diego: 1936.
Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: American Art and Portrait Gallery Library

The 1935 California Pacific International Exposition opened with great optimism, seen as an antidote to the difficulties of the Great Depression, as one of the first projects funded by the new Works Progress Administration (WPA). The San Diego World's Fair's Illustrated Catalogue in the Smithsonian Libraries collection shows a large Fine Arts Gallery dedicated to exhibiting art, displaying international works of the Old Masters, paintings and sculpture of European modernists, treasures of the Far East, significant American artists, and it even included a Children's Room...
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My Tropical Air Castle

By Frank M. Chapman. New York, London: D. Appleton and Company, 1929.
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Library: Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute Library

Frank M. Chapman was well known as an ornithologist, and as the Curator of Birds at the American Museum of Natural History. He studied wildlife throughout Tropical America, and prepared a report of the birds of Panama Canal Zone as early as 1918. My Tropical Air Castle is his account of staying in his casa mia on Barro Colorado Island (BCI) in the late 1920s, run by the Institute for Research in Tropical America. His personal accounts of living at the jungle’s edge parallels the early history of the beginning of what would become the Canal Zone Biological Area, and...
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The Violin

By George Hart. London: Dulau and Co. , 1875.
Adoption Type: Preserve for the Future
Library: National Museum of American History Library

Antonio Stradivari is one of the best-known luthiers, or stringed instrument makers, in history. The National Museum of American History is proud to have five Stradivarius instruments (two violins, two cellos, and one viola) in its collection. This 1875 book was written by George Hart, a London instrument maker who owned a Strad violin himself, which he named the “Dolphin” because its appearance and coloring reminded him of the sea creature. Hart gives detailed information about Italian, French, English, Dutch, and German luthiers – including both famous masters like Stradivari, Amati, and...
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From the Ground Up

By Jack Williams. Douglas, Ariz. : Phelps Dodge Corporation, 1981.
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Library: National Postal Museum Library

Arizona is known for its copper mines. This 30-paged booklet contains 15 fascinating stories about the origins of towns and mines in the state of Arizona, including Havasu mine, Vulture Mine, the Bisbee mines, Harquahala mine, and Orphan mine. Compiled by the 13th Governor of Arizona, John Richard Jack Williams, this book was edited when the Governor was 71. Governor Williams was asked to research these mining stories by the Phelps Dodge Corporation, which celebrated its centennial for Arizona mining in 1981. The company was acquired by another Phoenix company in 2007. Some of these mining...
The Space Child's Mother Goose

The Space Child's Mother Goose

By Frederick Winsor; illustrated by Marian Parry. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1958.
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Library: Smithsonian Libraries Research Annex

The Space child’s Mother Goose is a poetic feast for young and old. Frederick Winsor, a retired Boston architect and sci-fi lover, refashioned popular Mother Goose rhymes into futuristic verses using otherworldly technical terms. Be sure to check out the clever glossary that delightfully enlightens both the scientifically inclined and the silly minded. Marian Parry’s keenly detailed anthropomorphic bird-people illustrate Winsor’s narratives in an enchanting artistic style that intersects the simplicity of Saint-Exupréy’s The Little Prince, the humor of Gorey’s...
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Paris Vu en Ballon et ses Environs

By Andre Schelcher. Paris : Hachette & cie, 1909.
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Library: National Air and Space Museum Library

This 1909 publication is a photograph collection of aerial views of the city of Paris and other notable nearby sites, like Versailles. The photographers, A. Schelcher and A. Omer-Decugis, produced about thirty pictures using an oblique point of view and provide a different visual of monuments like the Eiffel Tower in a perpendicular photograph. These photos show the streets and boulevards of Paris captured at a time when aerial photography was in an experimental stage and the results helped alter human perceptions of the world.
Cover of Mnuchin Gallery's Reds


By Clayton Press. New York: Mnuchin Gallery, 2018.
Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: Smithsonian Libraries Research Annex

Group exhibition organizing principles vary widely, from social themes to particular media, but perhaps the most striking driving force behind a collection of works is color. Reds, the catalog from a recent Mnuchin Gallery exhibition centered on the sanguine shade, amalgamates powerhouse names of modern art—Koons, Calder, Gorky, Basquiat, and Twombly, to name a few—in a delicate cardinal velvet binding, it’s as restrained as its colors are bold. The curators take a thoughtful approach to this gathering of masters. This volume astonishes both in the complexity of the objects’...
The opening pages of the introduction to Aye and Gomorrah by Samuel Delany

Dangerous Visions

By Harlan Ellison. Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1967.
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Library: Smithsonian Libraries Research Annex

Dangerous Visions, a collection of transgressive speculative short fiction edited by Harlan Ellison, is not just one of the most awarded genre shorts volumes of all time with three Hugo nominations (two of them winners), a pair of Nebulas, and a special citation from the World Science Fiction Convention. It also marks the beginning of a famously quixotic series. Ellison collected dozens of stories from famous writers to continue the series, yet many of those stories went unpublished, and their authors went unpaid. But perhaps the most significant contribution of Dangerous...
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Musterbuch der Zink-Ornamenten-Fabrik & Metalldruckerei

By Ernst Hahner. Dresden: Kunstdruckerei 'Union' Herzog ..., , [between 1866 and 1899?].
Adoption Type: Preserve for the Future
Library: Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Library

This beautifully illustrated trade catalog, whose title translates to "Sample Book of Zinc Ornament Factory & Metal Stamping," consists of hundreds images of zinc or white bronze prefabricated architectural elements and artifacts created and marketed by the Ernst Hahner Company of Dresden, Germany in the 1870s. Beginning in the 1830s, manufacturers employed zinc casting to make decorative objects that could be readily molded, mass produced, and painted with rust inhabiting paints in colors imitating more expensive metals. Included in this catalog are a wide variety of designs for...