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The E-Sylum: Volume 13, Number 42, October 17, 2010, Article 17

NOTES FROM E-SYLUM READERS: OCTOBER 17, 2010

Regarding author Richard Kenney, Eric Newman writes:

I examined my copy of the Richard D. Kenney article in the January - February 1952 Coin Collector's Journal. It has many annotations made by me including an article by Kenney in the July 1955 Numismatic Scrapbook.

I checked my correspondence file and find no letters from him or to him. I had great respect for his work.

Former ANA Librarian Nancy Green writes:

I can't resist commenting on the last E-Sylum: Digitizing the personal library.

As someone who has reached the age where downsizing is more attractive than collecting, I can identify with Halavais' need to condense his library. Indeed, every librarian struggles with the finite space of the library and the constant stream of new publications. One needs to find a way to retain the information but in a new form, not always the physical book or magazine. Obviously, one hopes that somewhere there is a complete copy of every book but realistically, probably not. Nor do all publications need to be preserved. New information is discovered and sometimes the previous information is so incorrect it represents a threat to health or safety.

I have books in my library which I preserve for the information and books I preserve because they are autographed by the author or just appeal to my aesthetic sense of beauty, but the law of physics is that two object cannot occupy the same space and so we all have to "get real" sooner or later.

The E-Sylum is a shining light in my week! Keep up the great work!

I was right, though, that the article would be upsetting to some bibliophiles. Denis Loring writes:

"Slice and scan." I think I'm going to puke.

To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see: DIGITIZING THE PERSONAL LIBRARY (www.coinbooks.org/esylum_v13n41a25.html)

David Lisot of Cointelevision.com writes:

I noticed the article on the Colonel Green collection inventory in the recent E-Sylum. Readers may be interested to know about the recent video lecture delivered by Peter Huntoon at the American Numismatic Association Numismatic Theatre presentation in Boston as part of the Maynard Sundman Littleton Coin Lecture Series.

He discussed the life and collecting of the famous son of Hetty Green and shared what he learned about the sale of the Colonel's collection including:

  • Background of Hetty Green and how she made her money, and died in 1916
  • How she started working out of the Chemical National Bank and what made her change banks
  • Her son Colonel Edward H. R. Green, 1868-1936, and how he was so different from his mother
  • Amputation of Nedís leg and why and how it happened
  • Their involvement in the railroad industry and how Ned moved to Texas
  • How he gained the title ďColonelĒ
  • Changes in Nedís life after Hetty died in 1916 including his mansion, yacht, wife
  • story of Nedís whale penis
  • Research that he funded and why
  • Greenís incredible collection that included coins, stamps, jewelry and pornography
  • Dispersal of the collection and what happened to the Green fortune

A DVD of the talk may be checked out for free to ANA members through the library at: money.org

To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see: COLONEL GREEN COIN COLLECTION INVENTORY SURFACES (www.coinbooks.org/esylum_v13n41a11.html)

After last week's "Lust in the Stacks" item I asked, "Is there a biblio equivalent of the Mile High Club?" Loren Gatch writes:

--Yes! There is (or at least was) something like that among grad students attending at least one Eastern research university...

Arthur Shippee adds:

The mind wanders & wonders: British Library; Vatican Library; New York Public Library; a clean-sweep of the Ivies; a clean-sweep of the 7 Sisters . . . .

To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see: LARRY MITCHELL ON LUST IN THE STACKS (www.coinbooks.org/esylum_v13n41a30.html)

Wayne Homren, Editor

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