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Adopted Books
Cartographic Grounds-cover

Cartographic Grounds

By Jill Desimini. New York: Princeton Architectural Press, [2016].
Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: Smithsonian Environmental Research Center Library

This book celebrates the art and science of cartography and how technological advances in the field help us imagine, visualize, and actualize a design while addressing the age-old problem of depicting three-dimensional reality on two-dimensional media. Lavishly illustrated, Cartographic Grounds demonstrates how the incredible advances in technology dramatically increase the practical value, not to mention the beauty, of modern landscape mapping. Geographic Information Systems--powerful computer based programs that can be used for map making-- are an important tool for the...
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The Lonely Land

By Sigurd F. Olson. New York: Knopf, 1961.
Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: National Museum of Natural History Library

One of the most pristine and wild areas of North America is the Canadian Northwest. It is over 400,000 square miles with less than 50,000 inhabitants, and due to its northerly location and weather, has been largely untouched by man. Author and environmentalist Sigurd F. Olson had long been fascinated by this area and the Europeans who explored it centuries ago – so much so that he decided to emulate their 500-mile canoe journey. This book documents that breath-taking, often dangerous attempt and is written in a style reminiscent of Jack London with lovely, sparse illustrations on each chapter...
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On the Origin of Species

By Charles Darwin. New York: D. Appleton and Company, 1860.
Adoption Type: Preserve for the Future
Library: Joseph F. Cullman 3rd Library of Natural History

Darwin’s book documenting his theory of evolution by natural selection was first published in London in November 1859. Contradicting established religious concepts about the creation and permanence of species, it was wildly controversial and quickly sold out edition after edition. Within a year, publisher Appleton & Co. in New York had brought out not just the first American editions of the original text but also this new one “revised and augmented by the author.” This copy of the revised edition was donated by Darwin scholar Dr. Sandra Herbert, who has published extensively on the...
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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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Buson Gashu

By Mutō Sanji . Tokyo : Shinbi Shoin, 1922.
Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Library

Yosa Buson (与謝蕪村, 1716 – December 25, 1784), is considered one of the best poets of Japan’s Edo period. He was also a painter. The Freer Gallery of Art owns four of his paintings, as well as an illustrated printed book of his poetry. The poetry book is part of the Pulverer Collection, acquired by the Freer in 2007 and considered one of the best collections of Japanese illustrated printed books outside Japan. This book of black and white reproductions of twenty-five Buson paintings--some in private collections, some whose location is now unknown--is an important resource for scholars...
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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.
Adoption Type: Build the Collection
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...