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.
Notebooks and files of research for Davenport’s work on European coins; page proofs, typescripts, and mockups of published
works; maps; photographs of coins; plaster coin casts of crowns and talers; coin rubbings; invoices; and correspondence, much
of which has to do with the publishing of his books and discussions of individual coins.