Adopted Books

Adopted Books

Arizona postcard checklist

By Richard W. Fulton. Fairfax, Va. (5410 Ellzey Dr., Fairfax 22032-2906): R.W. Fulton, 1994.
Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: National Postal Museum Library

This gigantic handbook is a valuable resource in deltiology, the study and collection of postcards. There are black and white charts, graphs, photographs, and illustrations throughout. It is a comprehensive listing of all Arizona postcards. This shows us a different angle of Arizona history--art, humor and tourism. A philatelic guide to our nation's 48th state.

Adopted on March 8, 2017 by Danny Martino and Vinnie De Nitto Martino In memory of Antonio Martino and Genoveffa Gioiosa Martino. Nicola De Nitto and Giovannina De Nitto.. View Bookplate

Arizona, the wonderland

By George Wharton James. Boston: The Page Co, 1917.
Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: John Wesley Powell Library of Anthropology

“Go to the National Museum in Washington, and I venture the assertion you will find there more objects of universal interest and wonder gained from Arizona, than from any other country you can name.” So states George Wharton James in the forward to Arizona, the Wonderland. James was an enthusiast of the American Southwest who wrote over 40 books about the region, including this tribute to Arizona, an unabashedly enthusiastic travelogue. Arizona, the Wonderland was commissioned as part of "See America First," a never-completed series of highly decorative and...

Adopted on March 6, 2017 by Jacqueline Vossler and Richard Renner in honor of Edward Wierzbicki. View Bookplate

The Frank Lloyd Wright collection of surimono

By Joan B. Mirviss with John T. Carpenter. New York ; Phoenix: Weatherhill ; Phoenix Art Museum, 1995.
Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Library

The Frank Lloyd Wright Collection of Surimono is the Phoenix Art Museum’s groundbreaking study of the long overlooked art of surimono prints. This catalog was published to accompany the exhibition, “Frank Lloyd Wright and Japanese Art.” Surimono were Japanese woodblock prints privately commissioned for special occasions, an important event, or for circulation among a small group of people. Several features that set surimono apart from commercially produced woodblock prints are their smaller size, complex compositions, the expensive pigments used in their printing (including hand-rubbed...

Adopted on March 6, 2017 by Trevor Barger In honor of my dad, Roger, who taught me to see and my mom, Jennifer, who taught me to look for order.. View Bookplate


By Olgivanna Lloyd Wright. Scottsdale, Ariz: Taliesin West, 1965.
Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Library

Taliesin is a relatively rare edition self-published in Scottsdale and signed by the author, Olgivanna Lloyd Wright. In this book, Olgivanna Lloyd Wright, the third wife of Frank Lloyd Wright, tells beautifully illustrated accounts of The Fellowship, The Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture, The Taliesin Associated Architects, and Taliesin West itself. There are many intimate color images of Wright’s Taliesin West in Scottsdale, Arizona that was completed in 1937. Frank Lloyd Wright maintained Taliesin West as his winter residence until his death in 1959, and Olgivanna...

Adopted on March 6, 2017 by Trevor Barger In honor of my dad, Roger, who taught me how to see, and my mom, Jennifer, who taught me to look for order.. View Bookplate

[Articles and clippings relating to British railways]

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

The Caledonian railway, or The Caley as it was fondly named, was a Scottish railway system that connected Scotland to London from the 1840’s until its dissolution in the 1920’s. This compilation of book excerpts, articles, news clippings, and advertisements chronicles and romanticizes the waning decades of the Caledonian Railway from the turn of the century until 1923 when The Caley was absorbed into the London, Midland, and Scottish Railway by The Railways Act of 1921, an act that streamlined 120 individual British railway systems into just four. Thomas Norrell is the author of this...

Adopted on March 5, 2017 by Barbara M. Barrett . View Bookplate

The marvellous country

By Samuel Woodworth Cozzens. Boston: Shepard and Gill, 1873.
Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: Dibner Library of the History of Science and Technology

Samuel Woodworth Cozzens (1834-1878) was a lawyer, and for a time United States district judge of Arizona. His published works include The Marvellous Country (Boston, 1876), The Young Trail-Hunters series, and Nobody's Husband (1878).  He travelled in Arizona during a relatively calm period of Apache activity, though he writes about several bloody episodes in the book. He met various prominent Arizonans such as the Penningtons on their way to Southern Arizona. and the legendary chief of the Chokonens, Cochise. This book a is a fabulous adventure featuring quite a...

Adopted on March 5, 2017 by Ed Sands in honor of Joseph Walker MacSpadden. View Bookplate

The romance of the Colorado River

By Frederick Samuel Dellenbaugh. New York, London : G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1903.
Adoption Type: Preserve for the Future
Library: National Museum of American History Library

In 1871, seventeen-year-old Fred Dellenbaugh, under the lead of Major John Wesley Powell, a Civil War hero and the first director of the Smithsonian’s Bureau of Ethnology, journeyed into the Grand Canyon and its subsidiary canyons and rivers with the intention of exploring, mapping, and recording descriptions of the uncharted territory. The men found themselves battling the great force of the Colorado River, with its fatal, quick rapids and mighty waterfalls. This is Dellenbaugh’s personal story, written thirty years after the great adventure. The volume includes twenty of the author’s...

Adopted on March 5, 2017 by Janet Dowling Sands . View Bookplate

And die in the west

By Paula Mitchell Marks. Norman, Okla: University of Oklahoma Press, 1996, c1989.
Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: National Museum of American History Library

In October 1881, Doc Holliday and the three Earp brothers had a shoot-out with the Clanton and McLaury brothers on a street in Tombstone, Arizona. The gunfight at the O.K. Corral has become the stuff of legends and the subject of numerous books and movies. This detailed history provides context and information not only about the gunfight itself but also about the booming town of Tombstone and its place in the overall history of the violent Western frontier. It includes photographs of the participants as well as of the site where it took place.

Adopted on March 5, 2017 by John Sands . View Bookplate

A century of shoes

By Angela Pattison and Nigel Cawthorne. Edison, N.J: Chartwell Books, c1997.
Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: National Museum of American History Library

This marvelous book puts its best foot forward, covering everything from profiles of famous contemporary shoe designers like Manolo Blahnik to historical insights and images of changing fashions in footwear. Platforms, boots, stilettos, sandals, and slippers – this book has them all. Volumes like this in the Costume collection at the National Museum of American History Library help clothing curators study shoes in the museum collections, but they also are used by other researchers to date artworks and photographs based on what the people pictured are wearing.

Adopted on March 5, 2017 by Erin Gonzalez in honor of Micaela Remos. View Bookplate

Bad Luck, Hot Rocks

By edited by Ryan Thompson and Phil Orr. Los Angeles, CA: Ice Plant , 2014.
Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: National Museum of Natural History Library

There is a commonly held superstition that illicitly removing specimens of petrified wood from Arizona's Petrified Forest National Park is bad luck. As a result, the National Park Service receives many of these returned rocks with “conscience letters” of regret from over the years. The letters have been carefully archived and the purloined samples are now in a “conscience pile” at the end of the park property. The rocks cannot be distributed on the park land as the exact provenance for each piece can never be known, and areas need to be kept as pristine as possible for future research. This...

Adopted on March 4, 2017 by Sarah & Dale Schian . View Bookplate