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Adopted Books
We Were There at the Driving of the Golden Spike, cover

We Were There at the Driving of the Golden Spike

By David Shepherd. Mineola, New York: Dover Publications Inc., 2013.
Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: Anacostia Community Museum Library

This 180-page book is written for older children. The book tracks the adventures of an Irish American family, the Cullens, who were caught up in a competition between two railroad companies vying for government funding in the 1860s. Union Pacific was laying track westward from Omaha, Nebraska, while Central Pacific was laying track eastward from Sacramento, California. This work of historical fiction for young readers includes authentic details from the period.
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World Atlas of Mangroves

By Mark Spalding. London : Earthscan, 2010.
Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: Smithsonian Environmental Research Center Library

This is a comprehensive and beautifully illustrated reference book on the remarkable and ecologically important mangrove forests: “colonizers of the intertidal zone: trees and shrubs that have edged into the sea.”  With color photos and maps, and explanatory charts, the authors cover all aspects of mangroves, including their biology, ecosystems, relationship with civilization, and country-by-country distribution. The future prospects of these forests is of particular interest, as human and environmental forces threaten their natural environment. The 73 mangrove species found across 123...
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The Arts & Crafts of Newcomb Pottery

By David H. Conradsen. New York, NY; New Orleans, Louisiana: Skira Rizzoli Publications; Tulane University, Newcomb Art Gallery, 2013.
Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: National Museum of American History Library

Josephine Louise Newcomb founded Newcomb College in 1886 in memory of her daughter Sophie, who died of diphtheria at age 15. Affiliated with Tulane University in New Orleans, it was the first degree-granting coordinate college for women in America. Newcomb’s art program was progressive for its time, offering female artists educational and employment opportunities that were otherwise hard to find. While the Newcomb Art School provided courses in a variety of artistic subjects – metalwork, jewelry making, embroidery, wood carving, even bookbinding – it was best known for its pottery, which...
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This Life I've Led: My Autobiography

By Babe Didrikson Zaharias. New York: Barnes, [1955].
Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: National Museum of American History Library

Before Serena Williams, Mia Hamm, Billie Jean King and Jackie Joyner-Kersee, there was Babe Didrikson Zaharias. This autobiography tells the story of one of the greatest female athletes of all time who inspired a generation of women and girls. Born in Port Arthur, Texas in 1914 to Norwegian immigrant parents, Mildred Ella Didrikson was a natural at many sports, including basketball, track, and golf. She said that she got her nickname “Babe” (after Babe Ruth) when she started hitting home runs during childhood baseball games. She came to the world’s attention when she won two gold medals and...
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Andy Astronaut

By Daphne Davis. New York: Golden Press, c1968.
Adoption Type: Preserve for the Future
Library: National Air and Space Museum Library

One of the “Golden Busy People” book series published in 1968 for children, this volume shows what an astronaut experiences in training, testing, and the launch and recovery process. As expected for a book of this type, it has been well used by children and is in need of some preservation treatment. Unlike most of the usual Golden Book publications, this book is 16 inches tall and 6 ½ inches wide. 
The cover of the book Black Opera with a black woman wearing an elizabethan ruff collar, curly red hair and white face paint.

Black Opera

By Naomi Adele Andre. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2018.
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Library: National Museum of African American History & Culture Library

People of the African diaspora have a long and vibrant entanglement with classical music and are named among the genre’s creators, interpreters, and performers. A number of well-known African American entertainers and entrepreneurs have made their mark in the highbrow world of opera. Invented out of necessity, companies like Opera Ebony, Harlem Opera Theater, and Opera Noire of New York were established to give African American artists performing opportunities and training. Black Opera: History, Power, Engagement by Naomi André, associate professor of African and Afroamerican...
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Sierra Club Bulletin 1920-1923

San Francisco, Calif: Sierra Club, 1893-1977.
Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: National Museum of Natural History Library

This collection of articles, photographs, maps and, yes, advertisements, from the early-20th century is a treasure trove for nature lovers and historians. There are stories by men who were the first to ascend daunting mountains, descriptions of the geology and geography of remote western lands, and tales of adventure and discovery. Beautiful black-and-white photographs illustrate most articles. What makes one issue very special in this volume is that it includes the first two published photos by the environmentalist and renowned photographer Ansel Adams (1902-1984). He was around 20 years...
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The Shell Book

By Julia Ellen Rogers. New York: Doubleday, Page & Company, 1908.
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Library: National Museum of Natural History Library

Happily inscribed and signed by the author, The Shell Book is a comprehensive field guide for conchology, covering all families and species of land and sea mollusks. It is also an accessible manual of useful and sometimes personal observations about these shelled animals. In the preface, the author notes that a good field guide “must be an outgrowth of extensive acquaintance with living mollusks in their natural surroundings,” and she conveys this close relationship with nature in every chapter. Intermingled with technical biological data is lively prose about habitats, behavior,...
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Danzas Folkloricas en la Villa de Los Santos

By Julio Arosemena Moreno. San Salvador, El Salvador: Ministerio de Educacion, Direccion de Publicaciones, 1977.
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Library: Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute Library

The struggle between good and evil. The battle between the sacred and the profane. These have been recurring themes in all societies, and through art, populations were instructed in the principles of Christian religion. Clothing, costumes, music, and dance serve to teach people about the rules to follow as Christians.  The village of Los Santos, a small town on the Azuero Peninsula in Panama, has a marked Hispanic influence. It was where the Spanish and Creole colonizers were looking for land for livestock that this settlemenet formed next to the La Villa River. The town's celebration...
Copepodes parasites de poissons et des echinides provenant des campagnes scientifiques de S.A.S. le prince Albert Ier de Monaco, 1886-1910

Copepodes Parasites de Poissons et des Echinides

By Alessandro Brian. Monaco: Impr. de Monaco, 1912.
Adoption Type: Preserve for the Future
Library: Museum Support Center Library

Imagine you are the heir to the throne of a small European principality. Eventually you will face revolution and a world war, but before you become the sovereign, you are just a young man with a keen scientific mind. So you decide to explore the seas. So goes the story of Albert I, Prince of Monaco, and a founder of modern oceanography. This book is a compilation of the oceanographical and zoological surveys Prince Albert undertook on his research yachts. Published in 1912, it focuses specifically on copepods and sea urchins, which were studied at the Oceanographic Museum of Monaco. This...