American Numismatic Society archivist Joe Ciccone submitted the following note about a useful new page on the ANS web site.
I've recently added a new page to the ANS site. Located at http://www.numismatics.org/Archives/Collections the new page provides an overview of the 80+ archival collections currently housed at the ANS.
I should note that only a few of these collections have ever been cataloged, so this is the first time users will be able to see what archival collections the ANS has gathered these past 150+ years. I think visitors may be surprised at the breadth of subject matter. Areas of strength include early American coinage.
The new site provides a listing of all the collections along with brief descriptions of most. I hope to have descriptions for the rest shortly.
To vist the ANS Archive Collections page, see:
Wow! Top researchers have been aware of these resources for years I'm sure, but I had previously heard of only a dozen or so of the near 100 collections listed on the new page. Below is just a sampling of entries - be sure to visit the page regularly for the complete list and updates.
Title: John W. Adams collection, 1855-1972
Extant: 1 box (1 cu. ft.)
Description: This collection contains correspondence, catalogs, notes printed matter and photographs primarily from the 1940s related to U.S. large cents. It includes correspondence by George Clapp, Homer Downing, Walter Breen, Henry Hines, Max Mehl, and Howard Newcomb, among others.
Title: Etienne-Jean-Baptiste Cartier papers, 1830-1851
Extant: 1 box (.3 cu. ft.)
Description: These papers consist of about 280 letters written by Cartier, the originator of Revue Numismatique, to the co-founder of the Revue Numismatique, Jean-Francois de Paule-Louis de La Saussaye.
Title: Adam Pietz papers
Extent: 1 box (.3 cu. ft.)
Description: The papers contain artwork, sketches and assorted other documents related to Adam Pietz, the Assistant Chief Engraver to the U.S. Mint in Philadelphia.
Title: John Reilly, Jr. papers, ca. 1900-1931
Extant: 4 boxes (4 cu. ft.)
Description: Reilly's papers contain correspondence and photographs related to Reilly's acquisition of Far Eastern coins, in particular the Henry Ramsden collection.
Title: Farran Zerbe papers, 1919-1942
Extant: 1 box (.3 cu. ft.)
Description: The papers include correspondence between Zerbe and other prominent collectors primarily regarding "Bryan Money." Correspondents include: Howland Wood, Julius Guttag, Henry Chapman, and M.H. Bolender.
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