Bruce W. Smith submitted this note about the usefulness of club reports published in contemporary numismatic publications.
Rollie Finner's passing was noted awhile back. When I was a young guy working at Krause Publications in the mid 1970's, I was often working in the office at night. In the evenings I would often see Rollie using the Krause library after everyone had gone home. I finally asked him one night what he was doing. He was working on a history of the Central States Numismatic Society, and was Xeroxing all the reports on the society published in The Numismatist and Numismatic Scrapbook.
In those days, the secretaries of coin clubs sent a report on each meeting to the Numismatist and the Scrapbook, and these were published in the magazines. By collecting these reports, Rollie could track the activities of CSNS. I think these club reports are an overlooked resource for those interested in numismatic research. Most clubs had a "show and tell" feature in which members would exhibit their rarest or newest or favorite numismatic items. By following the club reports it is possible to track when a specific collector was active, which club meetings he attended, what coins or notes he owned and when he owned them.
To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see:
ROLLIE W. FINNER, 1934-2009
Wayne Homren, Editor
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