New Effort Provides Access to Numismatic Materials

NNP_eye_logoThe Newman Numismatic Portal and the American Numismatic Society (ANS) are pleased to announce a joint project that will greatly increase access to research materials in the field of American numismatics.

The Newman  Portal, an online numismatic research resource administered through Washington University Libraries, St. Louis, Missouri, has contracted with Internet Archive to provide scanning services at the ANS Library. Internet Archive, a non-profit organization dedicated to digital preservation of all media, will deliver scanning equipment to ANS and supply operational staff. The digitization effort will add content to both the Newman Portal and the recently announced ANS Digital Library.

Ute Wartenberg Kagan, ANS executive director, commented “We are delighted to collaborate with the Newman Numismatic Portal on this digitization initiative, and the opportunity to scan rare or unique materials completely onsite is especially desirable.”

Chris Freeland, associate university librarian at Washington University, noted “The ANS is a natural partner for the Newman Numismatic Portal, and we are pleased to invest in the digitization of this important collection.”

The scanning pipeline will focus primarily on the American portion of the ANS Library, beginning with the series of over 600 bound auction catalogs of the 19th and early 20th centuries.

The ANS, established in New York City in 1858, houses the world’s most comprehensive numismatic library, numbering over 100,000 items. The Newman Numismatic Portal, sponsored by a $2 million dollar grant from the Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society to the Washington University Libraries, began operations in December 2014. It has digitized over 1,000 documents to date, including a set of unique bid books from the firms of Samuel and Henry Chapman, which were generously loaned by ANS trustee Dan Hamelberg.

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