Adopted Books

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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.  

Sketches of Southern Life

By Frances Ellen Watkins Harper. Philadelphia: Frances E. W. Harper & Ferguson Bros. & Co., 1888.
Adoption Type: Preserve for the Future
Library: National Museum of African American History & Culture Library

Sketches of Southern Life is considered to be one of Frances E. W. Harper's best works by historians of African American literature, though it is not her most well-known work. Sketches of Southern Life, an anthology of poems, is narrated by former slaves, Aunt Chloe and Uncle Jacob. Written in African American vernacular speech, and praised by critics who recognize it as a forerunner of the dialect verse used by influential writers like Paul Laurence Dunbar. Sketches is not only an act of poetry, but a study on the history of African American writing. Shrewd and...
Specimen of Smithsonite

Smithsonite specimen

Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: Joseph F. Cullman 3rd Library of Natural History

A specimen of smithsonite, still in the rock matrix, from the Kelly Mine in New Mexico, the best source of smithsonite in North America. As an 18th-century gentleman-scientist, James Smithson conducted chemical analyses of minerals and published his findings, perhaps most famously a study of “calamines” in 1802 that distinguished among two varieties (zinc carbonate and zinc silicate) that had different suitabilities for technological applications in making brass. The French mineralogist François Beudant later named zinc carbonate “smithsonite” in honor of Smithson’s discovery. The Cullman...
African American pilots

Blue Skies, Black Wings

By Samuel L. Broadnax. Westport, Conn: Praeger, 2007.
Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: National Air and Space Museum Library

A detailed and riveting history of early African Americans and aviation written by one of the Tuskegee pilots who served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II. This book details the stories of those first aviation pioneers and their contributions that aided in the founding of the Tuskegee program and its success. It is unsparing in detailing the realties and risks they faced to achieve their goals.
Hunting Lost Mines by Helicopter title page

Hunting Lost Mines by Helicopter

By Erle Stanley Gardner. New York: W. Morrow, [1965].
Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: National Air and Space Museum Library

One of a series of travel guides written by Perry Mason author Earle Stanley Gardner, this book documents a fun-filled search for the “Lost Dutchman” and “Lost Nummel” mines in Arizona in 1965. The team utilized helicopters, jeeps, desert buggies, and mules in its search, which is captured in many photographs. The book also includes biographies of the search team members. It documents a bygone era of exploration and a form of adventure with wide appeal.
Cover of Paradiesfibel


By Joseph Koch. Essen: Fredebeul & Koenen, [between 1900 and 1970]:
Adoption Type: Preserve for the Future
Library: Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Library

A rare 19th Century illustrated German nursery rhyme children’s book, Paradisefibel features colored illustrations by Richard Seewald (1889-1976), a German visual artist. With highly stylized illustrations, this fairy tale includes humorous animals in human situations, such as singing frogs and playing monkeys. Written by husband and wife Joseph and Maria Koch, the rhythmic flow of the text works in conjunction with Koch’s development of the “finger-reading” method of sign language. This text was used to teach children sign language and stands as a treasure for children’s book...
Cover of The Tucson Show :  a fifty-year history

The Tucson Show

By Robert W. Jones. Tucson, Ariz: Mineralogical Record, 2004.
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Library: National Museum of Natural History Library

“It just seemed like a natural and harmless thing to do at the time” states author Bob Jones regarding the formation of the Tucson Gem and Mineral Society in 1946. The ‘rockhounds’ who formed the group could not have anticipated that their organization would go on to create the world’s largest and most renowned gem and mineral show, frequented by scientists and scholars, dealers and vendors, artists and jewelers, and students and families alike. This detailed look at the Tuscon Gem and Mineral Show captures the people and events that helped to make the Show what it is today, providing a...