American Numismatic Society
American Numismatic Society

Numismatic Literature

Numismatic Literature is the Society's annotated bibliography of published work in all fields of numismatics. At its core NumLit is a text archive that supports multiple delivery formats, one that is designed for longevity in the face of rapid technological innovation. For users, NumLit currently exists as subject and author indexes that are regularly updated as new titles are entered. The titles are also listed in the reverse order of when they were added. Please note that NumLit is very much "under development" and comments are very welcome.

NumLit is a community effort so that we also wish to thank the regional editors. We will be working to establish new procedures for accepting entries, including on-line submission, and welcome preliminary indications from anyone who might be interested in participating.

NumLit 144, 145, 146, 147, 148 and 149 are currently available in the following formats, the first three of which are automatically generated from the last:

149 (Available from Oxbowbooks. Search for "numismatic literature".)

148 (Available from Oxbowbooks. Search for "numismatic literature".)

147 (Available from Oxbowbooks. Search for "numismatic literature".)

146 (Available from Oxbowbooks. Search for "numismatic literature".)

145 (Available from Oxbowbooks. Search for "numismatic literature".)

144 (Available from Oxbowbooks. Search for "numismatic literature".)


There is, of course, much work to do but the basic architecture for a successful bibliographic project is now in place. The central component is the archival XML file from which multiple versions of NumLit can be generated. These include the three files currently available as well as, in the future, a PDF version for printing, a plain text list for weekly delivery via e-mail, and as a database for on-line searching. XML is a standard for the storage and delivery of textual data that is growing rapidly and has the backing of both international bodies and commercial concerns so that we are able to take advantage of an increasing number of software tools by choosing it for NumLit. An introduction to XML from the perspective of the humanities is available here.

In the immediate future we will focus on data entry and the translation of abstracts and improving the visual layout of the rendered files. It will also be important to develop the format of the XML file so that it fully meets our needs. A search tool and e-mail updates are also high priorities. Long-term issues, all of which will be solvable, include the use of non-Latin character sets, the generation of well-formatted printed versions, links to the Society's library, and the integration of back issues into this new format.

Contact Information

Oliver Hoover can be reached at <>.