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Part of a cartoon caricature lampooning Virgil Brand, Thomas Elder, and other prominent numismatic figures circa 1912

Howland Wood personal correspondence, 1873, 1902-1938
1.7 cubic feet (4 boxes)

Biographical note

Collection
Letters received by Howland Wood, with only a few outgoing, from fellow numismatists during his time as secretary, governor, and chairman of the American Numismatic Association (1905-1910) and for the first few years after becoming member (1909) and curator (1913) of the American Numismatic Society. Correspondents include A.H. Baldwin & Sons, S.S. Heal, Henry Chapman, Thomas Elder, E.H. Adams, George Heath, Farran Zerbe, the British Museum, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and the Royal Numismatic Society. Topics include the development of Wood’s collection and collecting interests and articles he wrote for the American Journal of Numismatics and the Numismatist. This was a particularly turbulent time for the Numismatist as well as for the ANA leadership, and some of the correspondents are explicit in their opinion about fellow numismatists and other matters. E.H. Adams, Numismatist editor, mentions having “severed all diplomatic relations” with previous Numismatist owner and editor Farran Zerbe. Regarding some New York Numismatic Club business, Thomas Elder calls Frank C. Higgins “more trouble than a bag of monkeys.” With the correspondence from T. Louis Comparette (1912) is a cartoon caricature lampooning Zerbe, Virgil Brand, William Woodin, and other prominent numismatic figures. Also found are the results of Wood’s civil service exam when in 1905 he applied for the position of curator of the numismatic collection at the U.S. Mint, a job that instead went to Comparette; an 1873 letter discussing Chinese and other far eastern coins; letters from Baumen Belden at the ANS, including ones regarding Wood’s appointment as curator (1912) and the buying of coin collections offered by Henry A. Ramsden, a topic also found discussed in the correspondence of John Robinson; the English translation of a portion of a German letter (September 9, 1914) from Dr. H. Nutzel to Wood assigning blame for World War I to England and Russia and listing atrocities committed by those countries; a long reminiscence by S.S. Heal brought on by the death of A.R. Frey (1926); a letter from Ruth Gaines of the Huntington Free Library and Reading Room, of which Wood was second vice president, objecting to the appointment of a library director (1933); a letter from H.O. Granberg of Oshkosh, Wisconsin, relating to gold mine investments available through Hahns Peak Gold Mining & Milling Company (1936); and letters from Wood to and from his Uncle George in which he mentions joining ANA and discusses his collecting interests and his intention to specialize. Also included are six files of at times very lengthy letters (1908-1914) from Henry A. Ramsden, owner and foreign manager of the coin dealership in Yokohama, Japan, that operated under the name of his brother in law, Jun Kobayagawa. Wood sometimes represented Ramsden’s interests in the United States, and the topics include Japanese, Chinese, and other Far Eastern coins; Ramsden’s travels in China; the Ro (also called Lo) collection of Luo Zhenyu, which was displayed at the ANS; and fellow collector Giuseppe Ros, Italian consulate general, Shanghi. Also present is an account book (1912-1915), along with some invoices, mostly documenting transactions pertaining to Ramsden and Kobayagawa, and a portfolio containing Wood’s certificate for joining ANA in 1902; a typed satirical poem, “Coin Collecting Carols or Pithy Poems for Pocket-Piece Pursuer’s Perusal,” naming George F. Heath, Lyman Low, Edgar H. Adams, Thomas L. Elder, and others; the text of a speech on coin collecting; an outline, “Some Reasons for a Numismatic Department in the Boston Museum of Fine Arts” (July 1903); and a photograph of coins displayed in a cabinet.

This collection is discussed in the Spring 2007 issue of ANS Magazine.

See also Howland Wood curator correspondence and other material, 1913-1937.

Container List

Box 1 of 4

1873, 1902-1916
Miscellaneous
1902
Blanchet, Adrian (International Numismatic Society).
1903
American Numismatic and Archaeological Society.
Baldwin, A. H.
Courteau.
Frey, A. R.
1904
Baldwin, A. H.
British Museum.
Duffield, Frankfurter.
Foster, Ely.
Heal, S.S.
Heath, George.
International Money Order Receipts
Meili, Julius.
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
Robinson.
Schulman.
1905
Miscellaneous – including Civil Service test
American Numismatic and Archaeological Society.
Bahrfeldt, Emil.
British Museum.
Carswell.
Chicago Numismatic Society.
Dunham, W. F
Foster, Ely.
Heal, S.S. (January to August).
Heal, S.S. (September to December).
Higgins.
Kinghoe gt berkhamsted hearts.
Kube, Rudolf.
Meili, Julius.
Poller.
Quaritch, Bernard.
Robinson.
Salles.
Schulman.
Wright.
1906
Adams, Geoffrey Charlton.
Baldwin, A. H.
Bell Telephone Co. of Canada.
British Museum.
Chapman, Henry (Jr).
Comparette, T. Louis.
Courteau.
Ezekiel and Bernheim Co.
Foster, Ely.
Frey, A. R.
Geuthner, Paul.
Harvard.
Heal, S.S. (January to May).
Heal, S.S. (May to December).
Heath, George.
Hemer.
Kube, Rudolf.
Lachlan.
Meili, Julius.
Mitchelson.
Moritz, Christian.
Papeterie, Fortuna.
Poller.
Quaritch, Bernard.
Robinson.
Royal Numismatic Society.
Schulman.
Wright.
1907
Baldwin, A.H.
Carswell.
Chapman, Henry (Jr).
Comparette, T. Louis.
Courteau.
Elder, Thomas.
Foster, Ely.
Frey, A.R. (January to July).
Frey, A.R. (August to December).
Geuthner, Paul.
Heal, S. S.
Hemer.
Higgins.
Kube, Rudolf.
Lachlan.
Mayer.
Meili, Julius.
Mitchelson, J. C.
Nacht.
Office of Naval Inspector of Engineering.
Papeterie, Fortuna.
Ratto, Rodolfo.
Robinson.
Royal Numismatic Society.
Salles.
Schulman.
Spink and Son.
Steingenvalt.
Wilkinson and Hodge.
1908
Breton.
Comparette, T. Louis.
Congres international de numismatique.
Courteau.
Dupriez, Charles.
Foster, Ely.
Frey, A. R.
Fuldauer.
Geuthner, Paul.
Gies, A. C.
Granberg.
Heal, S. S.
Hemer.
Higgins.
Jordanides, Lazaraki.
Kube, Rudolf.
Lachlan.
Low, Lyman H.
Mayer.
Philatelic West and Collectors’ World.
Quaritch, Bernard.
Ripstra.
Robinson.
Schulman.
Treasury Department, U.S.
Webb, Percy H.
Wilkinson and Hodge.
Zerbe, Farran.
1909
Adams, Edward H.
American Numismatic Society.
Comparette, T. Louis.
Congress international de numismatique.
Courteau.
Elder, Thomas.
Foster, Ely.
Frey, A. R.
Fuldauer.
Geuthner, Paul.
Heal, S.S.
Kube, Rudolf.
Lachlan.
Ministry of the Royal House of Italy.
Quaritch, Bernard.
Ratto, Rodolfo.
Robinson.
Royal Numismatic Society.
Salles.
Schulman.
Spink and Son.
Tuthill, Luther B.
Valentino.
Webb, Percy H.
Zerbe, Farran.
1910
Miscellaneous
Adams, Edward H.
American Numismatic Association.
American Numismatic Society.
Baldwin, A. H.
Joseph Baer and Co.
Breton.
British Museum.
Comparette, T. Louis.
Congres international de numismatique.
Elder, Thomas.
Essex Institute.
Foster, Ely.
Geuthner, Paul.
Heal, S.S.
Heffer.
Higgins.
Hills, J. Coolidge.
Howorth, Daniel.
Jordanides, lazaraki.
Kube, Rudolf.
Lachlan.
Library of Congress.
Low, Lyman H.
Mayer.
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
Public Library of Boston.
Quaritch, Bernard.
Robinson.
Royal Numismatic Society.
Salles.
Schulman.
Sears, Elmer S.
Spink and Son.
Steingenvalt.
Valentino.
Wilkinson and Hodge.
1911
Miscellaneous
Adams, Edward H.
American Numismatic Society.
Joseph Baer and Co.
British Museum
Chapman, Henry.
Chapman, S. H.
Chicago Numismatic Society.
Comparette, T. Louis.
Frey, A. R.
Gamber.
Geuthner, Paul.
Heal, S.S.
Hills, J. Coolidge.
Howorth, Daniel.
Kube, Rudolf.
Robinson.
Royal Numismatic Society.
Salles.
Schulman.
Spink and Son.
Tilden.
Valentino.
Whitehead.
Zerbe, Farran.
1912
Miscellaneous
Adams, Edward H.
Alazza.
American Numismatic Association.
American Numismatic Society.
British Museum.
Chapman, H.
Comparette, T. Louis.
Elder, Thomas.
Essex Institute.
Frey, A.R.
Gamber.
Geuther, Paul.
Heal, S.S.
Heffer.
Hiersemann.
Kube, Rudolf.
Low, Lyman H.
Ministry of Education (Cairo).
Nacht.
Newell, Edward T.
Numismatic Society of India.
Pflumer, George.
Quaritch, Bernard.
Ritehie, Anna.
Robinson.
Royal Numismatic Society.
Salles.
Schulman.
Spink and Son.
Tilden.
United States Coin Co.
Valentino.
Whitehead.
Wright.
Zerbe, Farran.

Box 2 of 4

1913
Miscellaneous
Adams, Edward H.
American Numismatic Association.
American Numismatic Society.
Clerici carlo-clerici cesare.
Comparette, T. Louis.
Geuthner, Paul.
Grate, Martin.
Heal, S.S.
Heffer.
Numismatic Society of India.
Quaritch, Bernard.
Robinson.
Royal Numismatic Society.
Tilden.
U.S. Coin Co.
Valentino.
Webb, Percy H.
1914
American Numismatic Society.
Direction de la bibliotheque khediviale.
Geuthner, Paul.
Heal, S.S.
Kinghoe berkhamsted herts.
Numismatic Society of India.
Peabody Academy of Science.
Salles.
Spink and Son.
U.S. Post Office.
1915
Heal, S.S.
Royal Numismatic Society.
U.S. Post Office.
Valentino.
1916
Adams, Edward H.
Heal, S.S.
Numismatic Society of India.
Royal Numismatic Society.
Salles.
Schulman.
1917
British Museum.
1918
The Numismatic and Antiquarian Society of Philadelphia.
1919
British Museum.
Salles.
University of Pennsylvania.
1920
Heal, S.S.
1924
New York State Treasury Department.
1926
Heal, S.S.
1927
Heal, S.S.
1928
Heal, S.S.
McLean and McLean.
1929
Heal, S.S.
1930
Brown University Club.
Chase and Co.
1933
Gaines, Ruth – Huntington Free Library
1935
Miscellaneous.
1936
Granberg.
1937
Miscellaneous.
Whitehead.
Other Correspondence
Undated
Uncle George, 1908-1915
Outgoing: Uncle George
Outgoing: 1904.
Outgoing: 1905.
Outgoing: 1906.
Outgoing: 1907.
Outgoing: 1908.
Outgoing: 1909.
Outgoing: 1910.
Outgoing: 1912.
Outgoing: 1913.
Outgoing: 1914.
Outgoing: 1915.
Outgoing: 1916.
Outgoing: 1917.
Outgoing: 1929.
Outgoing: 1936.
Outgoing: 1937.
Notes

Box 3 of 4

Correspondence with Henry A. Ramsden of Jun Kobayagawa Co., Japan
1908
1909
1910
1911
1912
1913
1914

Box 4 of 4

Account book, 1912-1915
Portfolio of miscellaneous notes, clippings, and letters, including text of speech and ANA certificate

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