Novices, experts, students, and scholars agree that the extraordinary collections of the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Library are the premier resource in the United States for books, trade catalogs, serials, pictures, and archival material covering design and decorative art from the Renaissance to the present. The National Design Library features more than 6,500 treasures including 16th century lace patterns guides, rare 18th century brass and furniture trade catalogs, historic home decorating periodicals, and over 700 pop-up books. Continue reading
In addition to requests for donations, the Smithsonian Libraries builds its collections through a series of Amazon Wish Lists. The books featured in the wish lists not only fill core research needs for the Libraries, they enhance the collections with materials that may seem peripheral but can be vital to a researcher’s study.
Through the wish lists, the Libraries also brings the input of our donors and patrons into the collection building process. We hope you’ll peruse the wish lists shown here and find that selection which furthers both the Libraries and your own mission for the increase and diffusion of knowledge.
National Air & Space Museum Library Wish List 2012 – http://tinyurl.com/8y8gu9k
Cooper-Hewitt Library Wish List 2011 – http://tinyurl.com/6pahpre
National Museum of African Art, Warren M. Robbins Library – http://tinyurl.com/85n5rvp
National Museum of the American Indian, Vine Deloria, Jr. Library – http://tinyurl.com/7llqkch
There's an observation that the farthest distance from where you are now is to where you are now.
I'm a big fan of the television show "River Monsters." The host, Jeremy Wade, approaches his subject as a detective trying to get to the facts via the fiction. In tracking down the Japanese mythological creature called the Kappa, he finds the Hanzaki, or Japanese Giant Salamander. Now, I'm not nearly as brave as Mr. Wade when it comes to seeking answers (noodling giant amphibians from cold mountain streams, mmmm, no), but I'm very happy to slosh around in the vast data streams of the Smithsonian.
Like Wade, following the names and descriptions associated with the Japanese Giant Salamander (Hynobius nebulosus, Andrias japonicus, Cryptobranchidae, just to name a few) finally led me to the Smithsonian Channel's Nick Baker, and his adventures with the Hellbender, North America's own Giant Salamander Nick Baker's Weird Creatures. Yes, I knew I was back in the States when reading out the aliases of the Hellbender — "snot otter," "mud-devil," "grampus."
I should globe-trot like this more often!
Did You Know that The Zug Family Amphibian & Reptile Endowment was established to supplement the Libraries annual subscriptions to serial publications dealing with the biology, evolution, and systematics of amphibians and reptiles held generally in the Libraries' zoology branch? Contact the Libraries' Development Office for more information, 202.633.1522 or OBrienE@si.edu .