The American Numismatic Society web site documents an exhibit at ANS headquarters which runs through February, 2009. -EditorIntroduction: The history of the ANS Library can be traced back to the history of the Society as a whole. From the first acquisition in 1859, the Library collection has grown exponentially into the widely important resource that it is today. This exhibit takes a glimpse at this history by examining the changing physical space of the Library, to the 20 individuals who have worked to oversee the care of the collections, and finally to the growth of the collections.
When the ANS Library first began to acquire items for the collections, they were documented in these large, 9.5”x 14” volumes. This volume contains the first 40 years of entries, which list the “title”, “author”, “style” (i.e. publisher), “donors etc.”, and “when” the item was acquired. The first line of the book lists the Library’s first acquisition from 1859...
This three-page report was generated by Mr. Richard Hoe Lawrence, who served as the Librarian of the American Numismatic Society from 1880-1886. In his report, transcribed here, he laments the resignation of the previous librarian, Mr. Isaac F. Wood, who had served as the Society’s Librarian since 1869, and stresses the need for a catalog of the collections. Three years after this report was generated, there appeared the first catalog of books in the collections of the ANS, which was published in 1883.
To read the complete article, see: The American Numismatic Society Library: 150 Years of Learning (http://www.numismatics.org/Library/NowOnView)
Wayne Homren, Editor
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