American Numismatic Society
American Numismatic Society



Matthew Wittmann, Assistant Curator of American Coins and Currency

Ph.D., Program in American Culture, University of Michigan; B.A. and M.A., History, University of Colorado.

Matthew Wittmann is a specialist in the cultural, material, and transnational history of the United States during the nineteenth century. His first book Circus and the City: New York, 1793-2010 accompanied a major exhibition mounted by the Bard Graduate Center in 2012 that explored how the development of the circus paralleled New York City’s rise as the nation’s cultural capital. At the same time he also co-edited and contributed to a volume of essays entitled The American Circus published by Yale University Press, and he has written widely on American material culture, popular entertainment, and printing history. In 2006, Matthew was a Fulbright Scholar at Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand, and he has received fellowships from the American Antiquarian Society, the Huntington Library, the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center at the University of Texas, and the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney.

At the American Numismatic Society, Matthew is pursuing a variety of projects relating to the history of tokens and medals in the United States, the circulation of currency in the 19th-century Pacific, and the impact of the Panic of 1837 on New York City. He is also exploring ways to increase the digital presence of the collections, and expand their use by both scholars and the public. For more on his diverse interests and digital work, please see his website at www.matthewwittmann.com