It's been an honor and a pleasure to be associated with the Newman Numismatic Portal since its inception. My contributions as a part-time consultant are small compared to the efforts of the core staff highlighted in the 2022 Annual Report, which has just been published. Can you imagine nearly five million pages of numismatic information? If you haven't visited the portal lately, you haven't visited the portal. Here's an excerpt from the report with a complete version linked below.
NEWMAN PORTAL COLLECTION APPROACHES FIVE
MILLION DIGITIZED PAGES
The Newman Numismatic Portal (NNP, http://Newman
Portal.org), administered by Washington University in St. Louis, is
chartered with the mission of making the documents and images
of numismatics, especially American numismatics, universally
available on a free and forever basis. The Portal is sponsored by the
Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society (EPNNES), which
was founded in 1958 and further supports the American
Numismatic Society, American Numismatic Association, and other
With 4.941 million pages in our collection as of December 2022,
Newman Portal is set to exceed the 5-million-page milestone in
early 2023. Since we began scanning operations at Washington
University in 2015, collection growth has been steady, with
contributions from scanning centers in St. Louis (Washington
University) New York (American Numismatic Society), and
National Archives locations in Philadelphia, Denver, and College
Recent additions to the collection include the archives of the
Western Pennsylvania Numismatic Society, American Numismatic
Society member correspondence, and the Frank Gasparro papers
from the American Numismatic Association.
SPOTLIGHT ON THE NATIONAL ARCHIVES & RECORDS
The National Archives, the repository of the United States
government, is known to many as the keeper of our foundational
documents, including the original copies of the Declaration of
Independence and the Constitution. Within the area of numismatics,
NARA holds extensive records from the Mint and the Bureau of
Engraving and Printing. In consultation with Roger W. Burdette and R.
W. Julian, NNP has built the largest online collection of archival
material from these two institutions.
Our holdings, available at
https://nnp.wustl.edu/Library/Archives?searchLetter=U, number 449,726
pages, or 9.1% of our total content. This year, we completed scanning
of the General Correspondence entry for the U.S. Mint, which
comprises 203 volumes covering the years 1792-1899. Within this
group, Burdette recently located previously unknown candidate designs
for U.S. coinage from 1853. We acknowledge Nicole Fry, who performs
NARA scanning on behalf of NNP in Philadelphia, in addition to John
Graffeo, who imaged NARA materials in Denver.
To read the complete report, see:
Newman Portal 2022 Report
Wayne Homren, Editor
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