American Numismatic Society
American Numismatic Society

David M. Bullowa's class photograph from The Lincolnian, 1930

David M. Bullowa papers, 1915-1990s
1 cubic foot (1 box)

Biographical note
David M. Bullowa (1912-1953) of Philadelphia, was a numismatist and coin dealer whose primary interests were in commemorative coins and paper money. He published The Commemorative Coinage of the United States: 1892-1938 (1938), and served as assistant editor of The Numismatist, the monthly magazine of the American Numismatic Association. He was a graduate of the Lincoln School of Columbia University’s Teachers College (1930) and the University of Wisconsin (1934). He was elected life fellow of the American Numismatic Society in 1936 and was inducted into the American Numismatic Association Hall of Fame in 1978.

The earliest materials are childhood photographs (1915), correspondence (1925-1947, bulk 1937-1938), clippings, publication page proofs of coin plates, research notes, pamphlets, and other publications collected by or otherwise relating to David M. Bullowa. Most letters have to do with gathering information relating to coins from the U.S. Treasury, the American Numismatic Society (ANS), Pioneer National Monument Association (Lexington, Kentucky), the Texas Memorial Museum (Austin), and other locations, but other topics are covered, including an incident involving counterfeit commemorative half dollars (1934). A notebook (1942-1946) containing materials relating to various numismatic groups includes the transcript of a radio interview conducted when he was a private in the U.S. Army (1942) and the text of a speech on his numismatic experiences overseas (1946). The collection also includes a copy of his birth certificate; a pamphlet on the dedication of Camp Bullowa in Stony Point, New York; a copy of Bullowa’s The Commemorative Coinage of the United States, 1892-1938 (1938); a photograph of David and Catherine Bullowa (1952 or 1953); and two copies of The Lincolnian (1930), the yearbook of the Lincoln School of Columbia University’s Teachers College. Also present are certificates from Boy’s Town, Nebraska (1946), the American Numismatic Association (1940), the Royal Numismatic Society (1946), and the American Society of Technical Appraisers (1951). Later materials relate to the activities of Bullowa’s wife, Catherine, and include scrapbooks and other items from numismatic conferences (1970s), a notebook of clippings and other materials on counterfeit coins (1980s and 1990s), and certificates from the Professional Numismatics Guild (1956 and 1965) and the American Society of Appraisers (1966). The collection includes several objects, including David Bullowa’s U.S. Army uniform emblems, dog tags, a device for embossing his name on documents, and medals and a pin from the American Numismatic Association.

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