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The E-Sylum: Volume 24, Number 52, December 26, 2021, Article 5


In the 2021 Annual Report of the American Numismatic Society, there's a nicely illustrated article about the ANS Library & Archives. With permission, we're republishing it here. Thank you! -Editor

We are finally able to welcome our members back to the ANS Library!

ANS Library 01 Constantin Marinescu We are excited to finally welcome our members and other visitors back in person as we once again open our library collections for onsite research. Not that we've been closed for the past year. We've been here the whole time, connecting with members, helping people remotely, acquiring and cataloging the latest books, filling holes in our collection with carefully selected older works, processing archival records and rare items given to us by generous donors, and much more. We also have our donors to thank for financial support, with funding coming from individuals like Mark Tomasko, David Tripp, William Burd, Michael Bates, and Paul Harris, as well as from the Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society.

Image: ANS Fellow Constantin Marinescu visiting the library

  ANS Library 02 David Hill
Librarian David Hill

Scanning for the Newman Numismatic Portal

  ANS Library 03 Lara Jacobs scannin for NNP
Lara Jacobs scanning for the NNP
In 2015, the ANS entered into a partnership with the Newman Numismatic Portal (NNP) to digitize items from the Society's archival and library collections. These materials are available through the NNP's website and also at Internet Archive, a non-profit online library offering millions of free books, movies, software, music, websites, and more.

With this partnership, nearly all of the Library's collection of early American auction catalogs are now online, along with some foreign catalogs, including those published by Sotheby's and Glendining. In addition, records and personal papers relating to two of the most important American coin collections ever assembled, by Virgil Brand and the Garretts of Baltimore, have also been scanned and made available online. The business correspondence of the late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century coin dealership firm of S. H. & H. Chapman, a collection that fills 22 large boxes and includes letters from over 2,500 correspondents, is just another example of the many important ANS items and collections that have been scanned and can now be accessed remotely.

The Newman Numismatic Portal's project coordinator, ANS Fellow Len Augsburger, has been vital to the success of this partnership, which provides benefits to the ANS beyond digitization, including improvements to the Library's catalog records and the physical rehousing of archival materials. This daily work is being done by the NNP scanning technician, Lara Jacobs.

Recent Acquisitions to the Library & Archives

  ANS Library 04 Chapman childhood notebook ANS Library 05 1692 Spicilegium antiquitatis

LEFT: This childhood notebook of renowned numismatic dealer Henry Chapman from 1876 was donated by Patricia Peterson Stroud, his granddaughter.

RIGHT: ANS Trustee Jonathan Kagan donated the 1692 manuscript Spicilegium antiquitatis sive variarum ex antiquitate elegantiarum vel novis luminibus illustratarum vel recens etiam editarum fasciculi by Laurentius Beger.

  ANS Library 06 Mionnet certificate

Thanks to the assistance of Life Fellow Hadrien Rambach, the ANS was able to purchase a group of early nineteenth century certificates and letters of the French numismatist Théodore-Edme Mionnet (1770–1842). Mionnet was a deputy curator in what became the numismatic department of the Bibliothèque nationale.

  ANS Library Salton papers

The Mark Salton papers—17 cubic feet of archival materials—include coin photographs and tickets, research materials, correspondence, and extensive records of coin purchases dating back to the 1940s. The generous donations of Mark and Lottie Salton to various colleges and other organizations is amply documented in the papers, as are the exhibitions to which they lent their coins and medals, sharing their vast knowledge of numismatics. We thank the Trustees and executors of Lottie Salton's will, especially Ira Rezak, Alan Stahl, and Katharine Conroy, as well as Normand Pépin for this acquisition.

In September, the ANS expanded the Salton collection by purchasing six rare 18th-century German coin auction catalogs, along with 14 bidbooks of Leo Hamburger, and several other sales catalogs the library lacked.

  ANS Library 09 1736 Médailles du règne de Louis XV ANS Library 10 France Monetary Reform pamphlet

LEFT: James E. McClellan III gave two engravings by Nicolas Godonnesche from his 1736 de Louis XV. He also donated papers to the ANS this year documenting his collection of French jetons.

The Society acquired a collection of important pamphlets on the revolutionary monetary reform in 18th century France.

  ANS Library 11 Alexander Hamilton

ANS Fellow Tony Terranova donated an 1804 print of Alexander Hamilton by Archibald Robertson, engraved by William Rollinson. He also gave several lots of manuscripts and annotated material from the sale of Richard Margolis's library relating to his research on the medallions of Jean-Bapiste Nini.

  ANS Library 12 Adams Fixed Price List #1 ANS Library 13 Russian numismatic book

LEFT: David Fanning donated a fine example of Edgar Adams's fixed price list #1, U.S. Patterns, Hard Times Tokens, Store Cards, Numismatic Books, Catalogues, Etc., 1913.

RIGHT: Valentin Dzhaparidze donated 43 Russian numismatic books and auction catalogs.

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Wayne Homren, Editor

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