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The E-Sylum: Volume 12, Number 39, September 27, 2009, Article 14

NOTES ON JOHN KITTREDGE

Last week's Featured Web Site was The Kittredge Collection. I asked if any of our readers could tell us more about Mr. Kittredge, and as usual, a number of you were able to help. Thanks are due to Bob Fritsch for providing an image of Mr. Kittredge. -Editor

Ken Bressett writes:

John Kittredge I knew John Kittredge very well in my early days as a member of the New England Numismatic Association. Anyone who was involved with numismatics in the area back then knew John. He was a delightful person; always ready to pitch in and help with whatever project needed him; and a fine friend to all. I still keep up my membership in the organization because of all the fond memories I have as one of the original members.

Bob Fritsch writes:

John Kittredge was my friend and colleague. He was a fixture of long standing on the NENA Board by the time I became President in 1994. Unfortunately he had recently suffered a stroke, so many of our meetings were at his house in Worcester, MA. In later years we made him a Director Emeritus to give him a permanent place on the Board. Friends would bring him to meetings as he couldn't drive, and we often celebrated a successful meeting with lunch at a local restaurant.

The Kittredge Foundation is in the capable hands of Worcester attorney and collector Matt Erskine. One exhibit at the Worcester Historical Museum has successfully concluded and a second is about to open. A "Treasures in your Pockets" day will be on 17 October, right after the opening. I am privileged to serve on the Foundation's Board along with New England numismatic luminaries Prue and Arthur Fitts, John Sallay, Bob Moffatt, and Bob Hewey.

Matt Erskine writes:

Bob Fritch, one of your subscribers, cc. me on the comment on the query of the Kittredge Collection website. I am the Trustee of the Foundation, which has an advisory Board as noted by Bob. The purpose of the foundation is to preserve John Kittredge's collection of over 7,200 crowns and talers, and promote numismatics particularly in the central New England region.

The website was developed by Ethan Gruber, a graduate student at the University of Virginia, who also developed the UVA coin site. We have used open source code for the side, and would be happy to share the code with anyone who is interested. It is formatted in a way that is in compliance with the standards of archivist and museums, but I also hope is helpful for the dealer and collector.

We have also developed a "non-numismatic" program, which if anyone is interested in working on getting an online bibliography of numismatic references I would be happy to help with the program, especially if the references are sources of interest in collecting coins that John was also interested in.

As for myself, I am the fourth generation of my family who have practiced law in Worcester MA, providing succession planning for owners of unique assets such as coin collections.

To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see: FEATURED WEB SITE: THE KITTREDGE COLLECTION (www.coinbooks.org/esylum_v12n38a32.html)

Wayne Homren, Editor

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