Adopted Books

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Beautiful Swimmers

By William W. Warner. New York: Back Bay Books, 1994.
Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: Smithsonian Environmental Research Center Library

In lively prose, with helpful and lovely illustrations, William Warner describes the blue crab, its Chesapeake Bay environment, and the industry and people who interact with it. Beautiful Swimmers won the Pulitzer Prize for Non-Fiction in 1977. The book delves into the fascinating details of the blue crab, Callinectus sapiduthe (translated as “beautiful swimmer”) – its biology, habitat, behavior, and, of course, deliciousness. It describes the lives of the watermen, the people who work the crab boats - their history and traditions, the details of their difficult jobs,...
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The Snake-Dance of the Moquis of Arizona

By John Gregory Bourke. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1884.
Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: Dibner Library of the History of Science and Technology

John Gregory Bourke (1846-1896) served as a captain in the U.S. Army in the New Mexico and Arizona Territories during the 1870s and ‘80s. A devoted, if amateur, ethnographer, he used the opportunity to document the cultures of various Native American peoples and in August 1883 was possibly the first outsider to witness the Moqui Indians’ famous snake dance, a sacred ceremony relating to water and the maturation of crops, that lasted from one to two weeks. The Moquis (or Mokis) – a sub-group of the Hopi, or “peaceful people” – lived in seven villages at this period; Bourke observed the dance...
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California Gold

By Kenneth J. Kutz. Darien, CT: Gold Fever Pub, c1994.
Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: National Postal Museum Library

This book is a compilation of prints of covers (or envelopes) and postcards from the California Gold Rush, featuring detailed information about each illustration. It portrays the adventure involved in prospecting for gold. Mining expert Kenneth Kutz begins his story with the discovery of gold in California and explores the connection between the gold rush and philately. Then he discusses mining law. Finally, he presents the reader with 20 years of correspondence to and from people working in the gold fields, beginning with the initial discovery of gold in 1848. The letters are typed out, and...
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Max Ernst, Fragments of Capricorn and Other Sculpture

By Max Ernst. New York, N.Y.: Arnold Herstand and Company, 1984.
Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Library

Max Ernst was one of the most prolific and original artists of the 20th century. After marrying American artist Dorothea Tanning in 1946, the couple moved to Sedona, Arizona, where they lived until 1953. It was in Sedona that Ernst completed his monumental masterpiece Capricorn. Originally constructed in cement from castings of milk bottles, automobile springs, and other cast offs, the free-standing sculpture was situated opposite the house Ernst built by hand on Brewer Road. (The sculpture was reworked in 1964 and cast in bronze, now in the collection of the National Gallery of Art,...

Amethyst Uruguay

By Reinhard Balzer. Munchen: Christian Weise Verlag, 2008.
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Library: National Museum of Natural History Library

This full-color, beautifully illustrated book focuses on the amethysts of Catalan country in Uruguay. In both English and German, Amethyst Uruguay details the past 200 years of the mining of these precious purple stones, and of the people and cultures involved in those operations. It also includes fascinating analysis of the geology and mineralogy of the amethyst. The highlight, of course, is a generous series of richly colored photographs of these beautiful gems. Author Reinhard Balzer collects and studies gems and minerals, with a particular interest in amethysts.

Rings for the Finger

By George Frederick Kunz. New York: Dover Publications, 1973 [c1917].
Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: National Museum of Natural History Library

The subtitle of “Rings for the Finger” summarizes the content of this comprehensive book: “from the earliest known times to the present, with full descriptions of the origin, early making, materials, the archaeology, history, for affection, for love, for engagement, for wedding, commemorative, mourning, etc.” Using a fascinating collection of black-and-white photos and drawings, the author shares his love of gems and jewelry by focusing on rings – their history, meaning, and design. Author George Frederick Kunz, an avid mineralogist and mineral collector, was a prolific writer of books and...
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Dark Companion

By Bradley Robinson. New York: K. M. McBride, 1947.
Adoption Type: Preserve for the Future
Library: Smithsonian Libraries Research Annex

Dark Companion chronicles the polar expedition of African American explorer, Matthew Henson. Born in 1866, four years after the Emancipation Proclamation was issued, Henson went on to triumph as one of the first men to “stand on top of the world." On April 6, 1909 Henson, along with Robert Peary, co-discovered the North Pole. Hundreds had previously attempted, and failed, to reach the elusive polar ice cap. Peary declared that the success of their expedition would not have been possible without the expertise and intelligence of his companion, the man the Eskimos fondly referred to as...
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The Cowboy Boot Book

By Tyler Beard ; photographs by Jim Arndt. Salt Lake City: Peregrine Smith Books, 1992.
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Library: National Museum of American History Library

Nothing says Southwestern style like a great pair of cowboy boots! This book from the Costume collection at the National Museum of American History Library gives information on the “anatomy” of a cowboy boot along with descriptions of the different materials used in their manufacture. The author tells a lively history of the bootmaking industry and features a number of well-known bootmakers. The artful photography of Jim Arndt showcases the wide variety and enduring appeal of American cowboy boots.
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Hearts of Gold

By Sheila Dinn. Woodbridge, CT: Blackbirch Press, 1996.
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Library: National Museum of American History Library

In the foreword to Hearts of Gold, Eunice Kennedy Shriver, founder of the Special Olympics, writes, “This book is a chance for Special Olympics sports heroes to tell their stories—to shout out to the world and show their spirit.” Since the first International Special Olympics Summer Games was held in July 1968, this event has given people with intellectual disabilities from around the world a chance to show what they can do. The book is filled with photographs of the athletes as they train and compete, showing their determination, strength, and enthusiasm. Their stories and...
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Rangeland Ecology and Management

By Harold F. Heady. Boulder: Westview Press, 1994.
Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: Smithsonian Environmental Research Center Library

Grazing. Fire. Water. All issues important out West, all issues pertinent to rangeland ecology and management, and all addressed in this comprehensive book. For scientists who study natural processes, such as the research staff at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (where this book resides), there is much to be learned from this text. Deer, insects, and other herbivores graze, and grazing has impacts on plant physiology and morphology, energy flow through ecosystems, and other ecosystem effects. Fire and water also profoundly shape both managed and natural systems. This book will...