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Howard F. Bowker Papers

Creator:
Bowker, Howard Franklin  Search this
Extent:
10 Cubic feet (35 boxes)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
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
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Howard F. Bowker Papers
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nmah-ac-1462

Zhongguo gu qian da ji zhu bian (zhi bi) Hua Guangpu ; bian wei Yi Longquan, Xin Zi, Yan Tiejian

Title:
中国古钱大集 / 主编 (执笔) 华光普 ; 编委易龙泉, 辛子, 严铁鉴
Zhongguo guqian daji
Author:
Hua, Guangpu  Search this
Yi, Longquan  Search this
Xin, Zi  Search this
Yan, Tiejian  Search this
Physical description:
4 volumes (2, 1893 pages, 4 unnumbered pages of plates) illustrations (some color) 21 cm
Type:
Catalogs
Tu lu
Place:
China
Zhong guo
Date:
2004
Topic:
Coins, Chinese  Search this
Gu qian (kao gu)  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1012742

10 Cents, Pattern, China, 1941

Physical Description:
copper (overall material)
Object Name:
coin
Place made:
China
Date made:
1941
ID Number:
2017.0060.1350
Catalog number:
2017.0060.1350
Accession number:
2017.0060
See more items in:
Work and Industry: National Numismatic Collection
East Asian Coins
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746b2-fdda-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1837373
Online Media:

Zhongguo qian bi da ci dian. Song Liao Xi Xia Jin bian. Nan Song juan / "Zhongguo jian bi da ci dian" bian zuan wei yuan hui bian

Title:
中國錢幣大辭典. 宋遼西夏金編. 南宋卷 / 《中國錢幣大辭典》編纂委員會編
Author:
"Zhongguo jian bi da ci dian" bian zuan wei yuan hui  Search this
Physical description:
7, 26, 539 p., [4] p. of plates : ill. (some col.) ; 27 cm
Type:
Dictionaries
Place:
China
Date:
2005
Song dynasty, 960-1279
Topic:
Numismatics, Chinese--Dictionaries--Chinese  Search this
Money--Chinese  Search this
Coins, Chinese--Dictionaries--Chinese  Search this
History  Search this
Call number:
CJ3504 .Z466 2005
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_866899

Jian ming qian bi ci dian / Sun Zhonghui ... [et al.] bian zhu

Title:
簡明錢幣辞典/ 孙仲汇... [et al.] 编著
Author:
Sun, Zhonghui  Search this
Physical description:
1, 9, 2, 761 p. : ill. ; 27 cm
Type:
Dictionaries
Place:
China
Date:
1991
Topic:
Coins, Chinese--Dictionaries--Chinese  Search this
Money--Chinese  Search this
Numismatics, Chinese--Dictionaries--Chinese  Search this
Call number:
CJ3495 .C54
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_874788

Old coins of China; a guide to their identification, by Holger Jorgensen. Arranged chronologically on 20 plates

Author:
Jorgensen, Holger 1886-  Search this
Physical description:
6 p., 20 p. of plates : ill. ; 28 cm
Type:
Catalogs
Date:
1900
[19--]
Topic:
Coins, Chinese  Search this
Call number:
CJ3507 .J76
CJ3507.J76
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_305260

5 Cents, Pattern, China, 1935

Physical Description:
copper (overall material)
Object Name:
coin
Place made:
China
Date made:
1935
ID Number:
2017.0060.1334
Catalog number:
2017.0060.1334
Accession number:
2017.0060
See more items in:
Work and Industry: National Numismatic Collection
East Asian Coins
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746b2-ff1a-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1837357
Online Media:

5 Cents, Pattern, China, 1935

Physical Description:
copper (overall material)
Object Name:
coin
Place made:
China
Date made:
1935
ID Number:
2017.0060.1335
Catalog number:
2017.0060.1335
Accession number:
2017.0060
See more items in:
Work and Industry: National Numismatic Collection
East Asian Coins
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746b2-ff1b-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1837358
Online Media:

10 Cents, Pattern, China, 1935

Physical Description:
copper (overall material)
Object Name:
coin
Place made:
China
Date made:
1935
ID Number:
2017.0060.1336
Catalog number:
2017.0060.1336
Accession number:
2017.0060
See more items in:
Work and Industry: National Numismatic Collection
East Asian Coins
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746b2-ff1c-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1837359
Online Media:

20 Cents, Pattern, China, 1935

Physical Description:
copper (overall material)
Object Name:
coin
Place made:
China
Date made:
1935
ID Number:
2017.0060.1337
Catalog number:
2017.0060.1337
Accession number:
2017.0060
See more items in:
Work and Industry: National Numismatic Collection
East Asian Coins
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746b2-ff1d-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1837360
Online Media:

1/2 Cent, China, 1936

Physical Description:
copper (overall material)
Object Name:
coin
Place made:
China
Date made:
1936
ID Number:
2017.0060.1338
Catalog number:
2017.0060.1338
Accession number:
2017.0060
See more items in:
Work and Industry: National Numismatic Collection
East Asian Coins
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746b2-ff1e-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1837361
Online Media:

5 Cents, Pattern, China, 1936

Physical Description:
copper (overall material)
Object Name:
coin
Place made:
China
Date made:
1936
ID Number:
2017.0060.1339
Catalog number:
2017.0060.1339
Accession number:
2017.0060
See more items in:
Work and Industry: National Numismatic Collection
East Asian Coins
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746b2-ffaa-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1837362
Online Media:

5 Cents, Pattern, China, 1936

Physical Description:
copper (overall material)
Object Name:
coin
Place made:
China
Date made:
1936
ID Number:
2017.0060.1340
Catalog number:
2017.0060.1340
Accession number:
2017.0060
See more items in:
Work and Industry: National Numismatic Collection
East Asian Coins
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746b2-ffab-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1837363
Online Media:

10 Cents, China, 1936

Physical Description:
copper (overall material)
Object Name:
coin
Place made:
China
Date made:
1936
ID Number:
2017.0060.1341
Catalog number:
2017.0060.1341
Accession number:
2017.0060
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Work and Industry: National Numismatic Collection
East Asian Coins
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746b2-ffac-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1837364
Online Media:

10 Cents, China, 1936

Physical Description:
copper (overall material)
Object Name:
coin
Place made:
China
Date made:
1936
ID Number:
2017.0060.1342
Catalog number:
2017.0060.1342
Accession number:
2017.0060
See more items in:
Work and Industry: National Numismatic Collection
East Asian Coins
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746b2-ffad-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1837365
Online Media:

10 Cents, China, 1936

Physical Description:
copper (overall material)
Object Name:
coin
Place made:
China
Date made:
1936
ID Number:
2017.0060.1343
Catalog number:
2017.0060.1343
Accession number:
2017.0060
See more items in:
Work and Industry: National Numismatic Collection
East Asian Coins
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746b2-ffae-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1837366
Online Media:

10 Cents, China, 1936

Physical Description:
copper (overall material)
Object Name:
coin
Place made:
China
Date made:
1936
ID Number:
2017.0060.1344
Catalog number:
2017.0060.1344
Accession number:
2017.0060
See more items in:
Work and Industry: National Numismatic Collection
East Asian Coins
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746b2-ffaf-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1837367
Online Media:

10 Cents, China, 1936

Physical Description:
copper (overall material)
Object Name:
coin
Place made:
China
Date made:
1936
ID Number:
2017.0060.1345
Catalog number:
2017.0060.1345
Accession number:
2017.0060
See more items in:
Work and Industry: National Numismatic Collection
East Asian Coins
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746b2-ffb0-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1837368
Online Media:

1 Cent, China, 1937

Physical Description:
copper (overall material)
Object Name:
coin
Place made:
China
Date made:
1937
ID Number:
2017.0060.1346
Catalog number:
2017.0060.1346
Accession number:
2017.0060
See more items in:
Work and Industry: National Numismatic Collection
East Asian Coins
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746b2-ffb1-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1837369
Online Media:

1 Cent, China, 1937

Physical Description:
copper (overall material)
Object Name:
coin
Place made:
China
Date made:
1937
ID Number:
2017.0060.1347
Catalog number:
2017.0060.1347
Accession number:
2017.0060
See more items in:
Work and Industry: National Numismatic Collection
East Asian Coins
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746b2-ffb2-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1837370
Online Media:

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