Library News (Summer 2005)

by Francis Campbell

The Librarian is pleased to report that the position of Cataloger is now filled and we are fortunate to have found, in Alex Caamaño, one who possesses the experience and qualifications needed for the position. Alex, who began his employment as the Library’s new Cataloger on May 9th, has had previous experience at the Brooklyn Museum of Art, the Rutgers University Special Collections and Archives, City University’s Office of Library Services, and Touro College. A more complete description of Alex’s background can be found in the “News” section of the Magazine.

Alex is presently cataloging new acquisitions and attempting to whittle down a backlog that built up as a result of the Society’s move and the departure of Barbara Bonous-Smit, our previous cataloger. Kary Collado, our part-time assistant, has been very helpful in alleviating the backlog situation through the pre-cataloging of numerous articles and monographs. This preliminary cataloging is a function that we hope to expand upon in order to bring to the attention of our members a greater number of published materials via the ANS website.

While we welcome internet use of the Library by researchers, we also enjoy welcoming visitors to the reading rooms, where they can fully explore the Library’s resources. Among those who have recently visited are Brian J. Danforth, who is readying a manuscript for publication, and Thomas Leib, who is conducting research on Architectural medals and was able to find useful information regarding them in our periodical holdings. Old friends, Carmen Arnold-Biucchi, Curator of Numismatic Collections at Harvard’s Arthur M. Sackler Museum, and Liane Houghtalin, Associate Professor of Classics at the University of Mary Washington, also used the reading room in their research. Tours of the Library and Rare Book Room were recently provided to a small but enthusiastic group of American Colonial numismatists, including Ray Williams, Roger Moore, Dave Wnuck, Neil Rothschild, and ANS trustee, Roger Siboni. They spent the better part of an afternoon examining early American auction sales, the Brand, Norweb, and Garrett archives, and the recently received Chapman correspondence hoard. From subsequent comments regarding the tour, it seems that a good time was had by all and we expect to have many repeat visits. On May 17th, Professor Tiesheng Li, a council member of the China Numismatic Society also toured the Library and Rare Book Room in order to examine our holdings of Chinese numismatic literature. Professor Li, who is especially interested in bringing more information about Western coinages to China, presented two of his recent introductory works on Greek and Byzantine coins to the ANS Library.


Kenneth MacKenzie Research Papers

With the passing of Kenneth M. MacKenzie on January 12th of this year, the Society and its Librarian lost a very good friend. Ken kept the Library abreast of current Ottoman numismatic literature by donating recently published volumes in that area of study and by arranging for donations of books directly from Turkish and other numismatists. So, it was a very special donation from Mrs. Jean MacKenzie, Ken’s widow, when she recently presented Ken’s papers to the Library. We feel certain that they will contain much useful research material assembled by Ken in the course of his own research on numerous articles published over the years.

With regard to Library fundraising efforts, a number of duplicate volumes were sold by Charles Davis on May 7th and I am happy to report that the items sold realized prices that were generally above estimates. Plans for another auction of duplicates later this year are in the works and, early next year, a benefit auction to raise funds for the Francis D. Campbell Library Chair will be held. That event will take place on January 12th, in conjunction with the annual ANS Gala dinner. It will be held at the Sky Club on the 56th floor of the Met Life Building, 200 Park Avenue, and the lots offered will consist of numismatic books, manuscripts, and memorabilia. George Kolbe will prepare a printed catalog for the sale and Herb Kreindler will call the sale. Several supporters have already donated attractive lots and we encourage others to donate items (approx. $400 or more in value). Items for inclusion should be brought to the attention of event Chair Rick Witschonke (witschonke@numismatics.org). Parcels can be mailed to the attention of the ANS Librarian at the Society’s address and reservation details can be obtained from Juliette Pelletier, Membership and Development Manager (pelletier@​numismatics.org).