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De pipere cubeba Cubebs

De Pipere Cubeba [Cubebs]

By Carl Peter Thunberg. Upsaliæ: excudebant Palmblad & c., [1827].
Adoption Type: Preserve for the Future
Library: Joseph F. Cullman 3rd Library of Natural History

Cubeb, native to Java and Sumatra, is cultivated for its berries and oil and has been used for centuries in herbal medicine and as a flavoring – similar to allspice or pepper – in gin, chewing gum, and various other products. Mentioned in ancient Greek and Roman texts, as well as in the Arabian “One thousand and one nights” and the travels of Marco Polo, the species is the focus of this university dissertation written by Professor Carl Peter Thunberg. In 18th- and 19th-century Europe, professors wrote the dissertations; the student’s job was to explicate and defend it and pay for its...
Sekai isshū nikki (世界一周日記)

Sekai Isshu Nikki

By Michi Nomura. Tokyo: 1908.
Adoption Type: Preserve for the Future
Library: Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Library

Michi Nomura was a Japanese Christian activist, writer, and the wife of Yōzō Nomura, a well-known Meiji Yokohama art dealer. Among Yōzō Nomura’s clients was Charles Lang Freer, the founder of the Freer Gallery of Art. Michi Nomura and her husband traveled to America in 1908 as part of a round-the-world publicity tour organized by the Asahi Newspaper. When Freer heard that Michi Nomura was interested in visiting his home and art collection in Detroit, he postponed his own trip to Egypt in order to meet her. She wrote about her visit in her journal recalling endless art and referring to the...
The First Golden Age of Rocketry, cover

The First Golden Age of Rocketry

By Frank H. Winter. Washington: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1990.
Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: National Air and Space Museum Library

Written by former National Air and Space Museum curator for rocketry Frank Winter, this Smithsonian publication is considered to be the first comprehensive history of the use of rockets as artillery in the late 18th and 19th centuries. Englishmen William Congreve and William Hale developed and refined the rocket as a piece of technology. Gunpowder rockets have been used in a variety of military and non-military applications, including life-saving (rescues at sea), whaling, and torpedoes.
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In and Out of Central America

By Frank Vincent. New York: D. Appleton and Company, 1896.
Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute Library

This book came to the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute Library from the now defunct Panama Canal Zone Library, one of the most important libraries in Panama during the Canal Zone era. In this travel guide for Central America from 1890, Frank Vincent, a wealthy traveler, describes the route and recommendations for traveling from New York City, New York to San Francisco, California. He travels through the Isthmus of Central America via ship and railroad. He describes what he sees, stopping on the major ports in Central America and visiting their capital cities, meeting with high...
Numerical ecology

Numerical Ecology

By Pierre Legendre and Louis Legendre. Amsterdam; New York: Elsevier, 1998.
Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: Smithsonian Environmental Research Center Library

This title was first published in French in 1979, and it remains a classic text in the field of Ecology. It is written for practicing ecologists and is one of the top three most popular titles borrowed by users of the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center Library. It covers riveting (o.k…maybe not, but quite helpful and important to ecologists!) topics such as “Complex ecological data sets,” “Ecological data series,” and “Spatial analysis.” 
Wright Flyer

The Wright Brothers

By Fred C. Kelly. New York: Harcourt, Brace and Company, 1943.
Adoption Type: Preserve for the Future
Library: National Air and Space Museum Library

"The Wright Brothers" is remarkable in that it features over 1,000 signatures from legends, pioneers, and other contributors to aviation, making it one of the treasures of the NASM Library. Donated by George A. Page, the autographed book is a testament to his 30-year endeavor to capture the names of aviators and individuals who contributed to the field. An aviator himself, Page was an employee of Curtiss-Wright for 34 years—ultimately attaining the titles of Chief Engineer and Director of Engineering. It was through his professional contacts that Page managed to send a copy of Kelly’s...
Zoo Animals - Cover

Zoo Animals

By Geoffrey R. Hosey. Oxford, England: Oxford University Press, 2013.
Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: National Zoological Park Library

This book is a comprehensive guide to zoo management, covering all key aspects of the field. It includes beautiful photographs, both color and black-and-white, plus illustrations and charts. This book is used by Zoo curators and keepers as a reference guide for their work. It also serves as an excellent training guide for interns, volunteers, and new hires by providing a thorough introduction to the field. The authors embrace the precepts of modern zoo management science, encouraging a real appreciation for natural diversity, conservation, and its modern challenges.
Inside of Indo-Tibetan Bronzes

Indo-Tibetan Bronzes

By Ulrich von Schroeder. Hong Kong: Visual Dharma Publications , 1981.
Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Library

This book is an invaluable tool for art historians, scholars, dealers, and collectors interested in metal sculptures of Northern India, the Himalayas, and Tibet. It is also an important work for scholars studying Chinese bronzes of the Ming and Qing Dynasties. Published in 1981, it remains the only publication providing a timeline of the evolution of the art of these types of metal sculptures. The author, Ulrich von Schroeder, has been studying Buddhist art and culture as an independent scholar since the early 1960’s. He started as a collector, became a dealer, and then finally a scholar of...
Wilson's cyclopedic photography

Wilson's Cyclopedic Photography

By Edward L. Wilson. New York: E. L. Wilson, 1894.
Adoption Type: Preserve for the Future
Library: Museum Support Center Library

Author Edward L. Wilson’s love of photography was matched only by the magnificence of his facial hair. Wilson’s influence stretched far beyond photography as an artistic medium: in 1864, he published the first photographic journal in the United States, “Philadelphia Photographer,” which he later humbly renamed “Wilson’s Photographic Magazine.” He created a separate photographic exhibit for the Centennial Exposition of 1876, for which he was also official photographer. A snapshot of early photographic methods, this book mirrors Wilson’s optimistic and inclusive attitude. Arranged as an...
Native Indian Wild Game, Fish & Wild Foods Cookbook

Native Indian Wild Game, Fish & Wild Foods Cookbook

Lancaster, PA: Fox Chapel Pub, 1992.
Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: John Wesley Powell Library of Anthropology

This book contains over 340 recipes collected from native North American cooks, which demonstrate the variety of nutrition available to people who live off the land.  Recipes include big and small game, from buffalo to bullfrogs; game birds and duck; fish and sea food; a wide assortment of wild plants, including rice, nuts, and berries; and some drink, such as wine and herbal remedies.  Additionally, methods of cleaning, skinning, smoking, and curing are described.  All demonstrate the culinary heritage of native North America and are updated for the modern cook.  

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