Project Coordinator Len Augsburger provided the following report on a milestone in 19th century numismatic auction catalogs recently
reached by the Newman Numismatic Portal. Thanks! -Editor
Newman Portal Reaches 90% Coverage of John Adams’ United States Numismatic Literature, Volume One
John Adams’ United States Numismatic Literature, published in 1982, set the starting point for researchers and literature collectors
pursuing 19th century numismatic auction catalogs. While a very few already had access to the American Numismatic Society’s Dictionary
Catalogue, a massive set reproducing the card catalog in the ANS library, Adams’ work captured the most pertinent information in a single,
manageable volume. Collectors could now work toward completion of a given series, checking off each catalog as it entered their library.
The Newman Portal, early on, set a goal of scanning every catalog listed in Adams, and this task is now 90% complete with over 1,000
catalogs scanned to date. The majority of these were scanned at the American Numismatic Society, with Dan Hamelberg also providing
important catalogs in the Chapman, Cogan, and other series.
The Newman Portal further acknowledges Martin Gengerke, who provided valuable metadata, in electronic form, derived from his work
American Numismatic Auctions. Gengerke’s data considerably simplified the task of entering each catalog into the Newman Portal
database. (We were amazed that this information still existed in digital form – originally published in 1985, it has survived several
generations in the computer era, reflecting Gengerke’s commitment to preserving the work.)
Auction catalogs on the Newman Portal:
I'll let that sink in for a minute. All together now: "Wow!" That's an amazing resource that would have been a pipe
dream even 10 years ago. Advances in technology (and the corresponding drop in price for computing cycles and data storage) have made
this possible, and our benefactor Eric P. Newman has made it a reality. Thank you! This opens a new era in American numismatic research.
Wayne Homren, Editor
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