Assistant Curator, then Curator of the ANS from 1909 to 1912, Brett also served as honorary Associate Curator of Ancient Coins from 1923 to 1955 and Chair of the ANS Publication Committee from 1923 to 1946.
The Chase Manhattan Bank Money Museum (1928-1977) was located at Rockefeller Center on Sixth Avenue in Manhattan, New York City. The collection contained legal tender in a variety of forms, including wampum, ancient and modern coins, and paper money. The bank’s collection had originally been acquired in 1928 from Farran Zerbe. The museum closed in 1977 and most of the collection was donated to the Smithsonian Institution, though an 1804 U.S. dollar was given to the American Numismatic Society, the result of efforts by Eric P. Newman.
Charles E. Clapp, a collector of American Colonial coins, purchased the bulk of James W. Ellsworth’s copper cent collection in 1923. He sold his collections to his brother George Hubbard Clapp in 1924.
George W. Cogan of Brooklyn, New York, cataloged and administered bids for coin auctions held by Bangs Co. during the 1880s. He was the son of pioneering coin dealer and cataloger Edward D. Cogan (1803-1884).
John S. Davenport (1907-2001) of Galesburg, Illinois, was a numismatist with an expertise in crown-sized coins of Europe and a particular interest in German talers. He was born in Buffalo, New York, and received a B.A. from Cornell (1928), an M.A. from Harvard (1929), and a Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina (1934). He taught English literature at the Carnegie Institute of Technology in Pittsburgh from 1929 to 1931, and then at Knox College in Galesburg beginning in 1945. He retired in 1972, eventually relocating to Coral Gables, Florida. He began collecting coins in 1921 and his first book, European Crowns Since 1800, was published in 1947.