American Numismatic Society
American Numismatic Society



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This three-page report was generated by Mr. Richard Hoe Lawrence, who served as the Librarian of the American Numismatic Society from 1880-1886. In his transcribed report, he laments the resignation of the previous librarian, Mr. Isaac F. Wood, who had served as the Society‘s Librarian since 1869, and stresses the need for a catalog of the collections. Three years after this report was generated, there appeared the first catalog of books in the collections of the ANS, which was published in 1883. In the third paragraph, Mr. Lawrence stresses this need for a Library catalog: ..."Our books are not catalogued, and a library without a cataloguer is, as Carlyle says, a Polyphemus without an eye in his head. It is hoped that our infant Cyclops will soon have this important member placed in his forehead."

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