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Encyclopédie - t.4

Encyclopédie - t.4

A Paris: Chez Briasson ... David ... Le Breton ... Durand ..., 1762-1772.
Adoption Type: Preserve for the Future
Library: Dibner Library of the History of Science and Technology

The Encyclopédie ou Dictionnaire raisonné des sciences, des arts et des métiers, par une Société de Gens de lettres was published under the direction of Diderot and d'Alembert, with 17 volumes of text and 11 volumes of plates between 1751 and 1772. Containing 74,000 articles written by more than 130 contributors, the Encyclopédie was a massive reference work for the arts and sciences, as well as a machine de guerre which served to propagate the ideas of the French Enlightenment. The impact of the Encyclopédie was enormous. Through its attempt to classify learning and to open all domains of...
Title page of Costumes of Italy, Switzerland and France

Costumes of Italy, Switzerland, and France

By Richard Bridgens. London: Published by Baldwin, Cradock, and Joy ... and Hatchard and Son, 1821.
Adoption Type: Preserve for the Future
Library: Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Library

With an almost anthropological stance, this book on the manners and costumes of France, Switzerland, and Italy features numerous hand-colored plates and descriptions. The plates highlight traditional activities and outfits of different professions, like the goat herder in the mountains of Italy and the limonadier (or drink seller) wandering the streets of Paris. Aside from work uniforms and everyday outfits, this book acts as a guide to different cultural events and mannerisms in each country circa 1821. Richard Bridgens, the illustrator, was born in England and active throughout the early...
Picture of the entire map

Annual Report of the Isthmian Canal Commission - Map 1909

By Isthmian Canal Commission (U.S.). Washington: G.P.O, 1906-1914.
Adoption Type: Preserve for the Future
Library: Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute Library

This is one of a series of reports and maps from the Governor of the Panama Canal between 1906 and 1914, printed by the Government Printing Office. The full title of the map is Map of Panama, Showing Canal Zone & Water Shed of Rio Chagres. To accompany the Annual Report of the Commission, Culebra C.Z., September, 1909. This particular map was printed in 1909, detailing advances in the Porto Bello rock plant, Gatun locks, and further information about construction and engineering of the Canal. *Esta es una serie de informes y mapas de la oficina del Gobernador de la Zona del...
Series of 1941

"Series of 1941" Wine Revenue Stamps of the United States of America

By Ray W. Bidwell. [Andover, Conn.]: Ray W. Bidwell, 1965.
Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: National Postal Museum Library

Signed by the author, this thin 40-paged booklet is full of tables, charts, and black and white images depicting wine stamps. Stamp collecting is frequently referred to as "the king of hobbies and the hobby of kings." Men and women worldwide strive to achieve a complete set of stamps. There is a stamp for every type of interest. This book is about wine revenue stamps. Wine revenue stamps were used to pay tax duties on proprietary goods such as alchohol and tobacco. These revenues helped fund the war effort during WWII. Wine stamp usage ended after 1954 and Revenue stamps were discontinued...
The Gold Rush Mail Agents, cover

The Gold Rush Mail Agents

By Theron Wierenga. Muskegon, MI: T. Wierenga, 1987.
Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: National Postal Museum Library

This book contains over 250 pages of letters to and from the Postmaster General, along with charts and tables. It documents the work of mail agents who carried mail from the eastern states to California by steamship until the completion of the transcontinental railroad in the late 1860s. Professor Theron Wierenga wrote this book for his students, after his son was born. What is interesting to note in these letters is the number of times the Postmaster General called himself “your obedient servant.” Postal workers considered themselves public servants, satisfying the needs of those who wished...
Chairs available in the Jacob & Josef Kohn of Vienna : catalogue, 1911-1912.

Jacob & Josef Kohn of Vienna

By Jacob & Josef Kohn (Firm). [New York City? : The Firm, 1911?.
Adoption Type: Preserve for the Future
Library: Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Library

Manufacturers and Importers of “J & J Kohn Bentwood Furniture” of Vienna, Austria was founded in 1849. They had branches all over Europe and America and in Toronto, Canada, with the main office and showroom floors in New York City. They were the major competitor of Gebrüder Thonet (Thonet Brothers) in bentwood furniture production. All of their bentwood furniture was made from Austrian Beech wood that was available in many finishes and colors. They made every kind of furniture imaginable, for both indoors and outdoors: Seating furniture, tables, coat and hat racks, plant stands, even...
Footprints in the Jungle, cover image

Footprints in the Jungle

By edited by Ian A. Bowles, Glenn T. Prickett; assistant editor, Amy E. Skoczlas. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2001.
Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: Smithsonian Environmental Research Center Library

This book is about the global ecological impacts from the natural resources industries. It contains a collection of papers on topics ranging from the importance of biodiversity to best practices according to industry experts. The book promotes the goals of conservation and sustainable development through collaboration and cooperation. One chapter discusses the Camp Caiman Gold Project in French Guiana. This case study shows how a local community worked with non-government organizations (NGOs) to bring environmental problems to the government. The case study highlighted the need for...
Visitors to Arizona, 1846 to 1980

Visitors to Arizona, 1846 to 1980

By James K. Ballinger. Phoenix, Ariz: Phoenix Art Museum, 1980.
Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: American Art and Portrait Gallery Library

This colorful catalog for an exhibition at the Phoenix Art Museum in 1980 presents photography, painting, and sculpture created by artists who traveled through Arizona and were inspired by the state. The 93 artists included in the exhibition and this catalog span nearly 150 years, and include Helen Frankenthaler, Thomas Moran, Frederic Remington, Dorothea Tanning and Max Ernst, and Carleton Watkins. 
Gothic Revival design for a library

Gothic Architecture Applied to Modern Residences

By D. H. Arnot. New York, Philadelphia: D. Appleton & Company ... George S. Appleton, 1851.
Adoption Type: Preserve for the Future
Library: Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Library

The Gothic Revival style came to the U.S. in the early 19th century from many different sources, including architects and designers coming to America and through British architectural and design publications. Architects and designers in America started publishing their own manuals and patterns for both builders and homeowners wanting the new styles. Scottish-born architect David Henry Arnot writes in the preface to this pattern book that he is providing uniquely American Gothic Revival designs to suit American needs and tastes: “Although numerous specimens and adaptations of Gothic art (are...
Cover of Maya Angelou: The Iconic Self

Maya Angelou: The Iconic Self

By Mary Jane Lupton. Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO, 2016.
Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: American Art and Portrait Gallery Library

Maya Angelou (1928-2014) is best remembered as a prominent African American poet and civil rights activist. But she was also nominated for a Pulitzer Prize and a Tony Award, and was the recipient of multiple Grammy Awards as well as the Mother Teresa Award, showing her wide range of talents. Her famous works include I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, which was her first autobiography at age 17, and also the related poem, The Heart of a Woman, which was critically acclaimed as it continued the theme of a strong woman who will not be put down or tamed. This...

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