Adopted Books

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Rangeland Ecology and Management

By Harold F. Heady. Boulder: Westview Press, 1994.
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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...
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Hoo-Doo Cowboys and Bronze Buckaroos

By Michael K. Johnson. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, [2014].
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Library: National Museum of African American History & Culture Library

There has not been much scholarship published on the history of African Americans in the American West, and this may be one of the reasons the average person may have misconceptions about that history. This is why titles such as Hoo-Doo Cowboys and Bronze Buckaroos are such a welcome addition to research collections. In this book the author, Michael K. Johnson, attempts to dispel some of the fictionalized characters and stereotypes associated with the African American west that we’ve seen in media over the years. It includes chapters with topics on African Americans in western-themed...
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The Quest of the Golden Condor

By Clayton Knight. New York: A. A. Knopf, 1946.
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Library: National Air and Space Museum Library

Published in 1946, this adventure story is set in Peru in 1938. It is the tale of a father and his two sons’ pursuit of an Incan treasure known as the "golden condor." This copy has a bookplate identifying the book as a gift from the publisher, Alfred A. Knopf, to the Aeronautical Archives. It is representative of the many works of popular aviation adventure stories in the National Air and Space Museum library collection that document how motorized flight captured young people's imaginations.
Multivariate data analysis

Multivariate Data Analysis

By Joseph F. Hair, Jr et al. . Upper Saddle River, N.J: Prentice Hall, c1998.
Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: Smithsonian Environmental Research Center Library

Data analysis and data modeling are extremely important in the world of ecology, so it’s no surprise that the three titles with the most checkouts per year at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center Library are all statistics or modeling texts, including Multivariate data analysis. Multivariate analysis “refers to all statistical methods that simultaneously analyze multiple measurement on each individual or object under investigation." This book is particularly a powerful tool for researchers without formal training in statistics.
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Between Sacred Mountains

By Rock Point Community School . Tucson, Ariz: University of Arizona Press, 1984.
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Library: Vine Deloria, Jr. Library, National Museum of the American Indian

Originally produced and published for the students of the Rock Point Community School on the Navajo Reservation in northern Arizona, this book became prominent as Volume 11 in the Sun Tracks, a series of contemporary Native American literary works. Between Sacred Mountains portrays Navajo world view based upon the land and how it has sustained the lifeways of the Navajo people. Text and stories are written and told by Navajo traditional knowledge holders, healers, educators, artists, and numerous specialists in the field of Navajo Studies. The text of Between Sacred...
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Insect-Plant Biology

By L. M. Schoonhoven. London ; New York: Chapman & Hall, 1998.
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Library: Smithsonian Environmental Research Center Library

The relationship between plants and insects is impacted by generations of evolution by both insects and plants. Insects consume about 10% of plant annual production in natural habitats and even more in agricultural systems. For that reason, plants have had to adapt their defensive mechanisms to fend off these predators.  Consequently, some insects have become specialized feeders in order to sustain life. Insect-Plant Biology focuses on the mechanisms that make insects specialized and how plants respond to these invasions. Some of these mechanisms include food-plant selection,...
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Arizona Place Names

By William Croft Barnes. Tucson: University of Arizona Press, 1935.
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Library: John Wesley Powell Library of Anthropology

“For more than thirty years the author has been gathering information from old timers, Indians, Mexicans, cowboys, sheep-herders, historians, any and everybody who had a story to tell as to the origin and meaning of Arizona names” begins William Croft Barnes' most well-known work, Arizona Place Names – the product of a lifetime of travel throughout Arizona as a result of his military, political, geographical, and ecological services to the US. The original publication of this indispensable reference work on Arizona toponyms is extremely popular and has been republished many times...
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Paris à Cheval

By Crafty . Paris: E. Plon et cie, 1883.
Adoption Type: Preserve for the Future
Library: Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Library

Paris on Horseback was written and illustrated by French author and cartoonist known as Crafty, whose real name was Victor Eugène Geruzez (1840-1906), specializing in books on horses and hunting. The contents of the book are divided into sections: "Cavalry of Paris," "At the Bois de Boulogne," "At the Races," and "The Art of Falling from the Horse." These satirical and witty observations highlight the transactions and tricks that surrounded acquiring a horse from a Parisian horse dealer. It takes a comical view of French society, the racing world, the horse show, and dressage. There...
Sonoran Desert spring

Sonoran Desert Spring

By John Alcock. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1985.
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Library: National Museum of Natural History Library

John Alcock is a behavioral ecologist and professor at Arizona State University.  He writes in a very approachable style (similar to more popular and famous biologists like Stephen Jay Gould and E.O. Wilson) that splendidly reveals his passion and appreciation of desert life as a naturalist to the general public.  This 1985 title, “Sonoran Desert Spring,” contains numerous photographs (some in color) of the Sonoran desert during springtime.
Fontana artist book with green cover and signature "buchi"


By Lucio Fontana. Venezia: Cavallino, 1958.
Adoption Type: Preserve for the Future
Library: Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Library

Argentine-Italian artist Lucio Fontana, founder of the Spatialist art movement, is known for his slashes (tagli), gashes, and perforations (buchi): "I want to open up space, create a new dimension, tie in the cosmos, as it endlessly expands beyond the confining plane of the picture.“ Fontana is a rare artist’s book published on the occasion of his exhibition at the Galleria del Cavallino in Venice, June 1958. The book is no. 515 in a limited edition of 600 copies. Two hundred copies each of three color variations-- green, red-orange and yellow-- were produced for the cover, which...