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Howard F. Bowker Papers

Creator:
Bowker, Howard Franklin  Search this
Extent:
10 Cubic Feet (34 boxes)
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Articles
Letters (correspondence)
Newsletters
Bibliographies
Card files
Photographs
Date:
1930-1970
Summary:
The collection documents Howard F. Bowker, a coin collector and expert in the coinage of East Asia.
Content Description:
The collection consists almost entirely of the subject files of Howard F. Bowker, a coin collector and expert in the coinage of East Asia. The files, arranged alphabetically by correspondent, primarily contain correspondence between Bowker and persons or organizations making inquiries about coins or numismatic books. Additionally, the files include articles on East Asian coinage, newsletters or other publications, bibliographies he created, and a few photographs and rubbings of coins. Also included is a card file containing the details of his collection.
Arrangement:
Materials are arranged into one series in alphabetical order.
Biographical / Historical:
Howard F. Bowker was born January 3, 1889, in Winona, Minnesota, and he was a self-proclaimed and self-employed coin dealer in the Chicago area by 1910. He served in the U.S. Navy during both World War I and World War II, and it was while he was stationed in Hankow, China, between 1923 and 1924, that he became interested in collecting East Asian numismatic history as well as philatelic history. During and after his service in the Navy, Bowker was a fervent collector of East Asian coins, banknotes, coin molds, stamps, and rare books. He amassed a collection of more than 100,000 objects between the early 1920s and 1970. He engaged with an extensive network of East Asian researchers and collectors and was one of the most prominent American specialists on East Asian numismatics in American history. He provided consulting services to the Smithsonian Institution in the mid-1950s. In 1958, Smithsonian Secretary Leonard Carmichael officially appointed him a Consultant to the Museum of History and Technology, providing for him to travel from San Francisco to Washington, D.C., to work with the National Numismatic Collection curator, Dr. Vladimir Clain-Stefanelli on organizing the George B. Glover collection. Bowker left his numismatic collection to the Smithsonian in his will. Howard F. Bowker died July 8, 1970.
Related Materials:
Materials in the National Numismatic Collection, National Museum of American History

Related objects and an audio file for an oral history interview (NMAH-AHB2017q000016) conducted by Ellen Feingold with Marilyn Dorman, Carolyn Bowker, and June Cornell for the Howard Fraklin Bowker Asian Coin Project United States, recorded November 14, 2016. See accessions: 2017.0035 and 2017.0116.
Provenance:
Collection donated by Nancy Bowker to the Archives Center in 2018.
Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Topic:
Coins  Search this
Coins, Chinese  Search this
Coins, Japanese  Search this
Coins, Korean  Search this
Knife coins  Search this
Numismatics  Search this
Genre/Form:
Articles -- 20th century
Letters (correspondence) -- 20th century.
Newsletters -- 20th century
Bibliographies
Card files
Photographs -- Black-and-white photoprints -- 20th century
Citation:
Howard F. Bowker Papers, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.1462
See more items in:
Howard F. Bowker Papers
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nmah-ac-1462

The coinage of Corea

Author:
Gardner, C. T  Search this
Physical description:
60 p. illus. 22 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Korea
Date:
1963
1892
Topic:
Coins, Korean  Search this
Numismatics  Search this
Call number:
CJ3736 .G22
CJ3736.G22
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_151304

The coins of Korea : and an outline of early Chinese coinages / Alan D. Craig

Author:
Craig, Alan David 1930-  Search this
Physical description:
96 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1955
Topic:
Coins, Korean  Search this
Coins, Chinese  Search this
Call number:
737 .C7
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_249859

Cast coinage of Korea [by] Edgar J. Mandel

Author:
Mandel, Edgar J  Search this
Physical description:
160 p. illus. 22 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1972
C1972
Topic:
Coins, Korean  Search this
Coins, Chinese  Search this
Call number:
CJ3736.M36X 1972
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_302259

Pyŏlchŏn : kiwŏn ŭl tamŭn ton / Kungnip Minsok Pangmulgwan

Title:
別錢 : 기원 을 담은 돈 / 국립 민속 박물관
Special coin
Author:
Kungnip Minsok Pangmulgwan (Korea)  Search this
Physical description:
319 p. : col. ill. ; 29 cm + 1 computer optical disc (4 3/4 in.)
Type:
Pictorial works
Date:
2004
Topic:
Coins, Korean--History  Search this
Call number:
CJ3736 .P96 2004
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_868842

The History of Korean money

Physical description:
444 p. illus., col. plates
Type:
Books
Place:
Korea
Date:
1969
[1969]
Topic:
Money  Search this
Coins, Korean  Search this
Paper money  Search this
Call number:
HG220.K8 H67 1969
HG220.K8H67 1969
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_332875

Catalog of modern Japanese, Korean, Manchukuo coins

Author:
Spadone, John G  Search this
Physical description:
88 p. illus. 19 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1960
[1960]
Topic:
Coins, Japaneese  Search this
Coins, Korean  Search this
Coins, Manchurian  Search this
Call number:
CJ3704.S6X 1960
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_304025

Far East numismatic digest

Author:
Craig, Alan D  Search this
Physical description:
v. : ill. ; 22 cm
Type:
Periodicals
Place:
East Asia
Date:
1957
1957-
Topic:
Coins, Chinese  Search this
Coins, Japanese  Search this
Coins, Korean  Search this
Numismatics  Search this
Call number:
CJ3488 .F37
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1040169

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