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Curatorial Records

Creator:
National Museum of American History, National Numismatic Collection  Search this
Extent:
3.5 cu. ft. (3 record storage boxes) (1 document box)
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Manuscripts
Date:
circa 1983-1996
Descriptive Entry:
This accession consists of research material created and compiled by Richard G. Doty in preparation for his book, "The Soho Mint & The Industrialization of Money." Published in 1998 by the National Museum of American History in association with Spink & Son and the British Numismatic Society, the book documents the lives and work of Matthew Boulton, Matthew Robinson Boulton, and James Watt in the creation and business of the Soho Mint in Birmingham, England. The mint began with steam-powered machines that could mass produce unforgeable copper coinage and moved on to exporting its coins and technology across the globe. While conducting research, Doty would record himself reading correspondence and other documents aloud. Later he would make transcripts from the recordings. Materials include book manuscripts; research notes; copies of archival materials; and transcripts of correspondence and other documents with annotations.
Topic:
The Soho Mint & The Industrialization of Money (Monograph). 1998.  Search this
Coinage  Search this
Coins  Search this
Mints  Search this
Museum curators  Search this
Museum publications.  Search this
Numismatics  Search this
Research  Search this
Genre/Form:
Manuscripts
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 12-061, National Museum of American History, National Numismatic Collection, Curatorial Records
Identifier:
Accession 12-061
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Curatorial Records

Creator:
National Museum of American History, National Numismatic Collection  Search this
Extent:
17 cu. ft. (17 record storage boxes)
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Manuscripts
Brochures
Clippings
Floor plans
Black-and-white negatives
Color negatives
Black-and-white photographs
Color transparencies
Color photographs
Date:
1906-1999
Descriptive Entry:
These records primarily document the curatorial and professional activities of Vladimir Clain-Stefanelli and his wife, Elvira E. Clain-Stefanelli, and to a lesser extent the activities of curators Stuart M. Mosher, Richard G. Doty, and Coralee C. Gillilland. The records date back to when the National Numismatic Collection was known as the Division of Numismatics, and prior to 1947 when the collections were created and maintained by the Division of History.

Material includes correspondence, memoranda, and notes pertaining to exhibition planning, inventory projects, coin and medal acquisitions, conferences, staff publications, care of numismatic collections, and annual reports; articles, news releases, and newspaper clippings about the Clain-Stefanellis; contracts; scripts and floor plans for the Hall of Numismatics; exhibition brochures; photographs of the Clain-Stefanellis at special events; information on medal programs; publications and lecture papers authored by the Clain-Stefanellis; research and work progress reports; correspondence with organizations such as the American Numismatics Association, American Bankers Association, and the Federation Internationale de la Medaille; and awards presented to the Clain-Stefanellis. Also includes records documenting the Josiah K. Lilly, Jr., Collection of gold coins and the Willis H. DuPont Collection of Russian coinage.
Rights:
Restricted for 15 years, until Jan-01-2015; Transferring office; 1/10/1991 memorandum, Johnstone to Gillilland; Contact reference staff for details.
Topic:
Intellectual property  Search this
Museums -- Collection management.  Search this
Museum exhibits  Search this
Genre/Form:
Manuscripts
Brochures
Clippings
Floor plans
Black-and-white negatives
Color negatives
Black-and-white photographs
Color transparencies
Color photographs
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 02-206, National Museum of American History, National Numismatic Collection, Curatorial Records
Identifier:
Accession 02-206
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Records

Creator:
National Museum of American History, National Numismatic Collection  Search this
Extent:
10.9 linear meters.
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Photographs
Floor plans
Date:
circa 1921-1989
Descriptive Entry:
This record unit consists of correspondence and memoranda pertaining to publications, exhibitions, acquisitions, numismatic conferences in foreign countries, and materials on loan; annual reports of the Division of Numismatics; budgetary files; American Numismatic Association convention information; exhibition scripts for the Hall of Monetary History and Medallic Art; policies regarding United States Treasury Department coinage laws, purchases, and transfers; blueprints and floor plans for the Hall of Numismatics; staff publications; correspondence with coin dealers, the American Bankers Association, and the Federation Internationale de la Medaille; and reports on counterfeit money.

The records also include photographs of numismatic exhibits at USNM, the exhibition History of Machines and Banking, coinage and early minting machines, and various United States mints; the Clain-Stefanellis' research notes, manuscripts, and published articles; historical information on United States mints; copies of congressional numismatic joint resolutions, acts, and bills; domestic coin exchange charts; information on the Willis H. DuPont Collection and the Josiah K. Lilly, Jr., Collection; exhibition brochures; historical information on the National Institute; and staff publications.

This collection contains materials that are restricted indefinitely. Access to restricted collections requires explicit permission from the transferring office or donor. Contact the SIA Reference Staff for further information (call 202-633-5870 or email OSIAREF@si.edu).
Historical Note:
The origins of the National Numismatic Collection date back to the early years of the Smithsonian Institution. When James Smithson died, among his personal effects were several coins and medals, including one with his likeness.

In 1862, the National Institute began sending its numismatic collection to the Institution. The Smithsonian also acquired numismatic objects from the 1876 Philadelphia Centennial Exposition. George Brown Goode, Assistant Secretary in charge of United States National Museum (USNM) and an avid collector of coins and medals, promoted the early growth of numismatic holdings at the Smithsonian. In 1881, he organized the numismatic objects as a Section in the Department of Arts and Industries, Division of Anthropology. By 1886 the Section had been eliminated and its objects assigned to the custody of A. Howard Clark, Curator of the Section of Historical Relics. They then fell under its successors: the Section of Historical Collections, Department of Arts and Industries, 1889-1897, the Division of History and Biography, Department of Anthropology, 1897-1904, and the Division of History, 1904-1948. Between 1897 and 1947, numerous collections were received, such as the George Bunker Glover bequest of Far Eastern coins and the United States Mint Collection.

In 1947, the Section of Numismatics was created in the Division of History, and the next year, the Section was given divisional status in the new Department of History. That same year Stuart M. Mosher succeeded the retiring Curator in charge, Theodore T. Belote, as Associate Curator of the Division of Numismatics, a position he held until his death in 1956. Vladimir Clain-Stefanelli became Curator at that time, and, shortly after his appointment, Elvira Eliza Clain-Stefanelli, joined the Division as Assistant Curator.

As a result of museum reorganizations, the Division of Numismatics was affiliated with the Departments of Civil History, 1957-1968, Applied Arts, 1969-1977, and National History, 1978-1979. In 1980, the Division was organized as the National Numismatic Collection in the National Museum of American History (NMAH), reporting to the Director. In 1981, the Clain-Stefanellis were made Historians of the National Numismatic Collection, followed by the 1984 appointment of Coralee C. Gillilland as Curator. Important acquisitions included the Willis H. DuPont Collection of Russian coins and the Josiah K. Lilly, Jr., Collection of gold coins ranging from ancient to modern times.

The National Numismatic Collection researches the history of numismatics worldwide, beginning with the earliest types of money, with the primary goal of presenting social, economic, and political history through money; the organization of monetary systems; the effect of money on events in history; and the value of the figurative language of coins and paper currency as witness to the art and culture of a society. The National Numismatic Collection primarily collects ancient and contemporary coinage, paper currency, medals and decorations, financial documents, minting equipment, and tokens.

Curators and staff included Theodore T. Belote, Curator in charge of numismatic collections, 1919-1948; Stuart M. Mosher, Associate Curator of Numismatics, 1948-1956; Vladimir Clain-Stefanelli, Curator of the Division of Numismatics, 1956-1979, Curator, 1980, and Historian, 1981-1982, of the National Numismatic Collection; Elvira Eliza Clain-Stefanelli, Assistant Curator, 1957-1961, Associate Curator, 1961-1968, Curator, 1969-1979, of Numismatics, and Curator, 1980, and Historian, 1981-1985, of the National Numismatic Collection; and Coralee C. Gillilland, Curator of the National Numismatic Collection, 1984- .
Topic:
Numismatics  Search this
Numismatic museums  Search this
Genre/Form:
Photographs
Floor plans
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 359, National Museum of American History, National Numismatic Collection, Records
Identifier:
Record Unit 359
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Smithsonian Institution Archives
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Box 1

Collection Creator:
National Museum of American History, National Numismatic Collection  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 12-061, National Museum of American History, National Numismatic Collection, Curatorial Records
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Box 2

Collection Creator:
National Museum of American History, National Numismatic Collection  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 12-061, National Museum of American History, National Numismatic Collection, Curatorial Records
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Smithsonian Institution Archives
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Box 3

Collection Creator:
National Museum of American History, National Numismatic Collection  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 12-061, National Museum of American History, National Numismatic Collection, Curatorial Records
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Smithsonian Institution Archives
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Box 4

Collection Creator:
National Museum of American History, National Numismatic Collection  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 12-061, National Museum of American History, National Numismatic Collection, Curatorial Records
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Box 9

Collection Creator:
National Museum of American History, National Numismatic Collection  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 359, National Museum of American History, National Numismatic Collection, Records
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Box 1

Collection Creator:
National Museum of American History, National Numismatic Collection  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 359, National Museum of American History, National Numismatic Collection, Records
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Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
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Box 10

Collection Creator:
National Museum of American History, National Numismatic Collection  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 359, National Museum of American History, National Numismatic Collection, Records
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Box 11

Collection Creator:
National Museum of American History, National Numismatic Collection  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 359, National Museum of American History, National Numismatic Collection, Records
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Box 12

Collection Creator:
National Museum of American History, National Numismatic Collection  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 359, National Museum of American History, National Numismatic Collection, Records
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Box 13

Collection Creator:
National Museum of American History, National Numismatic Collection  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 359, National Museum of American History, National Numismatic Collection, Records
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Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
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Box 14

Collection Creator:
National Museum of American History, National Numismatic Collection  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 359, National Museum of American History, National Numismatic Collection, Records
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Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
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Box 15

Collection Creator:
National Museum of American History, National Numismatic Collection  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 359, National Museum of American History, National Numismatic Collection, Records
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Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
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Box 2

Collection Creator:
National Museum of American History, National Numismatic Collection  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 359, National Museum of American History, National Numismatic Collection, Records
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Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
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Box 16

Collection Creator:
National Museum of American History, National Numismatic Collection  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 359, National Museum of American History, National Numismatic Collection, Records
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Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
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Box 17

Collection Creator:
National Museum of American History, National Numismatic Collection  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 359, National Museum of American History, National Numismatic Collection, Records
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Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
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Box 18

Collection Creator:
National Museum of American History, National Numismatic Collection  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 359, National Museum of American History, National Numismatic Collection, Records
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Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
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Box 3

Collection Creator:
National Museum of American History, National Numismatic Collection  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 359, National Museum of American History, National Numismatic Collection, Records
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Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
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