Adopted Books

Adopted Books

It's An Old Wild West Custom

By Duncan Emrich. New York, Vanguard Press [1949]:
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Library: American Art and Portrait Gallery Library

This book captures the colorful spirit of the American West in its history and quirks. Included are songs and stories, charts of brands used to mark cattle, and sketches of the boom and bust of the Old West. In one chapter, the author informs us that the Westerner left his names casually and naturally on the land and on each other, without ostentation. This led to names like Jerked Beef Butte or Rattlesnake Basin in Arizona, or nicknames for fellow cowboys like Crooked-Nose Pete and Three-Fingered Smith.  Duncan Emrich was a professor and collector of American folklore, once a ranch hand...

Adopted on March 4, 2017 by David and Kippy Sands in honor of Buzzard Sands. View Bookplate

Stagecoach robbery in Arizona & Nevada

By R. Michael Wilson. [Arizona]: R. M. Wilson, c2012.
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Library: National Postal Museum Library

This fascinating handbook discussing stagecoach robberies between 1864 and 1916 is over 200 pages long and is divided into two parts: Arizona (ten counties) and Nevada (fourteen counties). Each chapter reads like a police report, focusing mainly on the facts. For example, "prisoner #679 was assigned to cell #8 and described as 21 years of age, five feet eleven inches in height and one hundred fifty seven pounds with black hair and eyes. he could neither read or write." (p.139.) Each chapter answers the following questions: When did the incident occur? What was the stagecoach destination and...

Adopted on March 3, 2017 by Les and Debbie Raatz . View Bookplate

Atlas to accompany the monograph on the Tertiary history of the Grand Canon district

By Clarence E. Dutton. Washington: United States Geological Survey, 1882.
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Library: Joseph F. Cullman 3rd Library of Natural History

Led by Captain Clarence E. Dutton, the U.S. Geological Survey’s exploration of the Grand Canyon in the early 1880s resulted in a scientific text and this stunning over-sized folio atlas, considered the greatest book by any of the government surveys of the American West. The expedition included artist/archaeologist William Henry Holmes and the artist Thomas Moran. Three double-page, color-tinted lithographed plates by Holmes, when set together, form the magnificent “Panorama from Point Sublime.” In the bottom left corner Dutton is depicted leaning over Holmes as he sketches the view. Holmes...

Adopted on March 3, 2017 by The George and Jana Johnson Family Foundation . View Bookplate

How the West was worn

By Holly George-Warren and Michelle Freedman. New York: Harry N. Abrams ; in association with Autry Museum of Western Heritage, 2001.
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Library: National Museum of American History Library

This volume on Western style encompasses everything from humble denim jeans to the fanciest rhinestone-covered cowboy costumes. Brimming with photos, it presents a history of the American West spanning its early days to the present, told through clothing. You’ll find a buckskin hunting shirt from the 1820s, Angora chaps worn by a Colorado cowboy in the 1920s, and a colorful gauze fiesta dress from the 1950s made by Thunderbird Fashions of Prescott, AZ. The book also highlights dazzling performance outfits from movie and music stars like Tom Mix, Gene Autry, Roy Rogers, Hank Williams, Patsy...

Adopted on March 3, 2017 by Tony and Paula Heil . View Bookplate

Encyclopedia of stagecoach robbery in Arizona

By R. Michael Wilson. Las Vegas, Nev: RaMA Press, c2003.
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Library: National Postal Museum Library

Signed by the author, this single-volume encyclopedia is organized by the ten counties of Early Arizona,  Each chapter is then subdivided chronologically by robbery dates (1875-1903). Complete with over 200 pages of stories of sensational stagecoach robberies, this book also details the transition to train robberies. Train robberies overlapped stagecoach robberies by two decades. When a stagecoach was robbed, the mail was included in the robbery. Each robbery in this book reads like a modern day police report--focusing solely on facts, such as dates, times, and names of those involved.  ...

Adopted on March 3, 2017 by Agnes T. Lardizabal MD . View Bookplate

The cacti of Arizona.

By Lyman David Benson. Tucson: University of Arizona Press , 1950 [second edition].
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Library: Botany and Horticulture Library

Cacti are inextricably linked to our vision of the desert. They are native to the Americas with many species found in Arizona, including the state flower, the Saguaro. This book is written by a Cactaceae (cactus family) botanical specialist, Lyman Benson, and illustrated by Lucretia Breazeale Hamilton, a botanical illustrator well known for her drawings of southwest plants. There are many line drawings with color photographs of cacti. This second edition has information on botanical names and taxonomical classification on the species found in Arizona. It is considered a semi-technical guide...

Adopted on February 28, 2017 by Venkata Evani, MD and Carolyn Evani . View Bookplate

The Tucson Meteorites

By Richard R. Willey. Washington, D.C: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1987.
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Library: National Museum of Natural History Library

“Writers of mystery stories often have to cast about for the key elements of an intriguing story […] I did not go looking for these critical ingredients of the story of the Tucson Meteorite. They came to me.” states Richard R. Willey in his forward to this short but thorough book. This book explores every aspect of the Meteorites – from their original descent to Earth, their mineral composition, to their use as anvils by American Indians and frontiersmen alike, to their name as a specimen, and the history of how they came to be in the Smithsonian. This title is of interest to researchers...

Adopted on February 28, 2017 by Kevin and Kathryn Murphy . View Bookplate

Grand Canyon of Arizona

[S. l.]: Passenger Dept. of the Santa Fe, 1906.
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Library: National Museum of American History Library

This 1906 volume features essays written by notable travelers who visited the West, including John Wesley Powell (who was the first director of the Smithsonian's Bureau of Ethnology and whom the Smithsonian's Anthropology Library is named after), artist Thomas Moran, geologist R.D. Salisbury, poet Harriet Monroe, and others. It is illustrated with many black and white photographs, showing the beauty and majesty of the Grand Canyon. Written for the Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railway, its aim was to promote tourism to the area, so it also includes a section with advice for tourists on...

Adopted on February 28, 2017 by Kristen Lynn Hoskins and Kami Marie Hoskins in memory of our grandmother Helen Marie Mayer . View Bookplate

Adventures in the Apache country

By J. Ross Browne. New York: Harper & Brothers, 1869.
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Library: National Museum of American History Library

Beginning in late 1863, author J. Ross Browne accompanied Charles D. Poston on his tour of Arizona as the territory’s Superintendent of Indian Affairs. This book recounts their adventure, presenting a vivid, colorful description of the area and of the terrors which then attended border life in Arizona, where one-twentieth of the population had been swept away by the attacks of the Apaches in three years. Browne's travelogue also contains details on early mining in addition to observations of the lands and people he encountered. These early accounts of life in the Southwest help historians...

Adopted on February 27, 2017 by Cary and Erika Forrester . View Bookplate

Arizona

By David Muench. Portland, OR: C. H. Belding, 1971.
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Library: National Museum of Natural History Library

This handsome large-format book from 1971, “Arizona,” contains many page-filling photographs of stunning Arizona scenery taken by influential American landscape and nature photographer David Muench.  No doubt that some of the scenes in these photographs (many featured in “Arizona Highways” magazine) have changed or even disappeared in the decades since the book’s publication. Muench specializes in portraying Western landscapes and is still active today.

Adopted on February 27, 2017 by Donald and Diane White . View Bookplate