SAM Libraries: Book(s) of the Month Club: November and December

This is the final entry in this Book(s) of the Month Club series and a bit longer than usual. I appreciate the feedback and comments (both online and off) we’ve received over the past twelve months. Thank you!

 November has a number of monthly observances focused on the idea of “family”: Family Stories Month, Military Family Appreciation Month, National Family Caregivers Month and good old Thanksgiving where many of us spend time with relatives. Below are some resources in our libraries that illucidate ideas about family:

The Aristocratic Families of Early Imperial China: A Case Study of the Po-Ling Tsui Family. Patricia Buckley Ebrey. Cambridge; New York: Cambridge University Press, 1978. DS 745 E27. (McCaw Foundation Library)

The Brown Sisters: Thirty-three Years. Peter Galassi and Nicholas Nixon. New York: Museum of Modern Art, 2008. TR 647 N59 G25. (Bullitt Library)

Families and Children (Dublin Seminar for New England Folklife Annual Proceedings, 1985). Peter Benes, ed. Boston: Boston University, 1987. F 7 B36 1985. Donated by SAMS in memory of Ann Barwick in recognition of her love for American art.  (Bullitt Library)

Family Ties: A Contemporary Perspective. Trevor J. Fairbrother. Salem, MA: Peabody Essex Museum, 2003. N 8217.F27 F35 2003. (Bullitt Library)

Great Great Great Grandparents’ Music (video). Taale Laafi Rosellini. Santa Cruz, CA: African Family Film Foundation, 1997. VIDEO ML 410 L4.  (Bullitt Library)

Imagining Families: Images and Voices. Deborah Willis-Thomas. Washington, D.C.: National African American Museum, 1994. TR 681 F26 W56.  (Bullitt Library)

A Japanese Legacy: Four Generations of Yoshida Family Artists. Laura W. Allen. Minneapolis: The Minneapolis Institute of Arts, 2002. NE 1325 Y6 A5. (McCaw Foundation Library)

Joseph Richardson and Family: Philadelphia Silversmiths. Martha Gandy Fales. Middletown, CT: Wesleyan University Press, 1974. NK 7112 F25.  (Bullitt Library)

Mothers & Daughters: Stories in Clay. Diana Pardue et al. Phoenix, AZ: Heard Museum, 2009. E 99 P9 M68.  (Bullitt Library)

Norman Rockwell’s American Family. Beryl Frank. New York: Crescent Books, c1989. ND 237 R65 F73. Donated by Susan Winokur and Paul Leach with additional funding provided by members of the Council of American Art and the Marie Lamfrom Charitable Foundation.  (Bullitt Library)

The Peale Family: Creation of a Legacy, 1770–1870. Lillian B. Miller. New York: Abeville Press, 1996. ND 236 P4 M56.  (Bullitt Library)

The Pioneering Price Family. Maurice A. Price. Portland, OR: Metropolitan Press, 1965. SPCOL F 761 P7. Donated by Francis Price Cook.  (Bullitt Library)

Three Alexander Calders: A Family Memoir. Margaret Calder Hayes. New York: Universe Books, 1987. NB 237 C3 H39. Donated by Susan Winokur and Paul Leach with additional funding provided by members of the Council of American Art and the Marie Lamfrom Charitable Foundation.  (Bullitt Library)

The Woman Who was Raised in a Black Shaman Family, and Didn’t Know It: An Ancient Epic Story. Johnny Moses (Whis Stem Men Knee) and Bill R. Hendry Cote (Chal Si Nam Men). Federal Way, WA: Lushootseed Press, 1997. PM 2264 A2 M67.  (Bullitt Library)


Cover of Botero: Abu Ghraib.

December is Universal Human Rights Month, along with Human Rights Week, celebrated December 10–17. Artists have always been at the forefront of political activism. Human rights is an especially endearing subject for many:”…we in the West have come to see cultural democracy as a right, just like economic and political democracy. It is a right that can be the foundation of change, wherein self-expression is a prerequisite for self-empowerment. In that sense, then, human rights, is at the core of artistic practice, in all its difference and breadth.”—Nan Richardson in Speak Truth to Power.

Below are but a mere few examples of works in SAM’s library collections where art and ideas about human rights intersect:

After Silence: Civil Rights and the Japanese American Internment During World War II (Video). Frank Kitamoto et al. Bainbridge Island, WA: Bainbridge Island Historical Society, 2002. VIDEO D 769.8 A6.  (Bullitt Library)

American Silences: The Realism of James Agee, Walker Evans, and Edward Hopper. J.A. Ward. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1985. N 6512.5 R4 W26.  (Bullitt Library)

Botero: Abu Ghraib. David Ebony. Munich; New York: Prestel, 2006. ND 379 B6. (Bullitt Library)

Buddhism and Human Rights in Sri Lanka and Southeast Asia [Gardner Center for Asian Arts and Ideas Lecture] (video). Charles Keyes. Seattle: Seattle Art Museum, 2010. VIDEO BL 1055 C84.  (McCaw Foundation Library)

Dorothea Lange: Eloquent Witness: An Exhibition of Vintage Photographs. Glencoe, IL: Text-Fiche Press, 1980. TR 647 L3 A6.  (Bullitt Library)

Freedom’s March: Photographs of the Civil Rights Movement in Savannah. Frederick C. Baldwin. Savannah, GA: Telfair Museum of Art, 2008. TR 647 B252 T35. (Bullitt Library)

Limits to Autocracy: From Sung Neo-Confucianism to a Doctrine of Political Rights. Alan Thomas Wood. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 1995. DS 751 W66. (McCaw Foundation Library)

Photography and Reform: Lewis Hine & the National Child Labor Committee. Verna Posever Curtis. Milwaukee: Milwaukee Art Museum, 1984. TR 647 H56 C8. (Bullitt Library)

Prime Time South Africa: A Selection of Post-Apartheid Television Programs (video). San Francisco, CA: California Newsreel, 1997. VIDEO PN 1992.3 S58 P74. (Bullitt Library)

Social Concern and the Worker: French Prints from 1830–1910. Gabriel P. Weisberg. Salt Lake City: Utah Museum of Fine Arts, 1973. NE 647 U7 W4.  (Bullitt Library)

Traci Timmons, Librarian

Cover of Family Ties: A Contemporary Perspective.