American Numismatic Society Archives

Old ANS logo

ANS logo, ca. 1900 (The Society was then known as the American Numismatic and Archaeological Society.)

ANS seal logo


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The current ANS logo.

In 2004 the ANS established a centralized archive when it was preparing to move to its location in Lower Manhattan. The mission of the Archives is to serve as a centralized resource for historical information about the Society and as a repository for the important archival materials it acquires. The ANS Archives fulfills this mission by:

  • Collecting, preserving, and making accessible the historical records of the Society and the archival materials that it acquires
  • Using these materials to promote the Society to key audiences
  • Supporting the Society's staff in their roles as scholars and administrators

Records housed in the ANS Archives document the history and development of the Society, its collections, exhibitions, and programs, as well as the contributions of individuals and groups associated with the Society — they are unique and irreplaceable assets.

In short, the ANS Archives serves as the Society's "institutional memory."

In 2011 the ANS released ARCHER (ARCHival Electronic Resource), powered by EADitor, open source software developed by the ANS for creating, managing, and publishing collections of archival finding aids described in Encoded Archival Description (EAD) XML.

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If you have any questions regarding the ANS Archives or the history of the Society, please ask the Archivist.