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Howard F. Bowker Papers

Creator:
Bowker, Howard Franklin  Search this
Extent:
10 Cubic feet (34 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
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 gold and silver wraps of the Edo period : a unique form of gold and silver coins / Kenjiro Yamaguchi, Mari Ohnuki

Author:
Yamaguchi, Kenjiro  Search this
Ohnuki, Mari  Search this
Physical description:
[2] leaves, 15 pages : illustrations ; 30 cm
Type:
Electronic resources
Place:
Japan
Date:
1997
[1997]
Topic:
Coins, Japanese  Search this
Gold coins  Search this
Silver coins  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1086518

Nihon no kahei no rekishi / Takizawa Takeo cho

Title:
日本の貨幣の歴史 / 滝沢武雄著
Author:
Takizawa, Takeo 1921-  Search this
Physical description:
12, 269, 8 p., [1] leaf of plates : ill. ; 20 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Japan
Date:
1996
Heisei 8 [1996]
Topic:
Coinage--History  Search this
Money--History  Search this
Coins, Japanese  Search this
Call number:
HG1272 .T34 1996
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_850342

Nihon no koin / Nakamura Sadenji cho

Title:
日本のコイン / 中村佐伝治著
Author:
Nakamura, Sadenji 1909-  Search this
Physical description:
153 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 15 cm
Type:
Catalogs
Place:
Japan
Date:
1981
1971
Shōwa 46 [1971]
Topic:
Coins, Japanese  Search this
Numismatics--Collectors and collecting  Search this
Call number:
CJ3706 .N35 1971
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_865991

Heijōkyō shutsudo kodai kansen shūsei

Title:
平城京出土古代官銭集成
Kodai kansen shūsei
古代官銭集成
Author:
Nara Bunkazai Kenkyūjo  Search this
Physical description:
v. : col. ill. ; 30 cm
Type:
Catalogs
Place:
Japan
Nara-shi
Heijō-kyō (Extinct city)
Nara-shi (Japan)
Date:
2004
2004-
Topic:
Coins, Japanese  Search this
Excavations (Archaeology)  Search this
Antiquities  Search this
Call number:
HG1272 .H45 2004
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_867331

Nippon kahei katarogu, 1992 = The catalog of Japanese coins and bank notes, 1992

Author:
Nippon Kaheishō Kyōdō Kumiai  Search this
Physical description:
308 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 21 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Japan
Date:
1991
Topic:
Numismatics--Catalogs  Search this
Coins, Japanese--History--Catalogs  Search this
Money--History--Catalogs  Search this
Call number:
CJ3706 .N719 1991
CJ3706.N719 1991
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_439936

Tempō sempu / Seiyō Kosen Kai; Ōhashi Yoshihara [ed.]

Author:
Ōhashi, Yoshihara  Search this
Seiyō Kosen Kai  Search this
Physical description:
116 p. : ill. ; 29 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Japan
Date:
1956
Topic:
Coins, Japanese  Search this
Numismatics  Search this
Call number:
CJ3706 .T46 1956
CJ3706.T46 1956
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_314588

Verzeichniss der chinesischen und japanischen Münzen des K.K. Münz- und Antiken- Cabinetes in Wien : nebst einer Übersicht der chinesischen und japanischen Bücher der K.K. Hofbibliothek / von Stephan Endlicher

Author:
Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien Sammlung von Medaillen, Münzen und Geldzeichen  Search this
Endlicher, Stephan 1804-1849  Search this
Physical description:
vi, [2], 140 p. : ill. ; 26 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1837
Topic:
Coins, Chinese  Search this
Coins, Japanese  Search this
Call number:
CJ3496 .K96 1837
CJ3496.K96 1837
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_317082

Kingin zuroku / Kondo Morishige shū

Author:
Kondō, Morishige  Search this
Physical description:
7 v. in 1 : ill. (some col.) ; 23 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Japan
Date:
1810
1810]
Topic:
Coins, Japanese  Search this
Gold coins  Search this
Silver coins  Search this
Call number:
HG220.J3 K165 1810
HG220.J3K165 1810
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_338743

Kahei seizu

Physical description:
54 leaves : col. ill. ; 28 x 38 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1879
Meiji 12 [1879]
Topic:
Coins, Japanese--History  Search this
Coins, Japanese--Pictorial works  Search this
Call number:
CJ3712 .K16 1879
CJ3712.K16 1879
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_374346

Senpeikan shōka tōbo jō / [Tanaka Keibun]

Author:
Tanaka, Keibun 1881-1956  Search this
Physical description:
4, 21 p. : chiefly ill. ; 30 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1926
Taisho 15 [1926]
Topic:
Coins, Chinese  Search this
Coins, Japanese  Search this
Call number:
CJ3492 .T16s 1926
CJ3492.T16s 1926
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_392525

Senpeikan kaikan sansō nen kinen tōbo jō / [Tanaka Keibun]

Author:
Tanaka, Keibun 1881-1956  Search this
Physical description:
4, 21 p. : chiefly ill. ; 30 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1926
Taisho 15 [1926]
Topic:
Coins, Chinese  Search this
Coins, Japanese  Search this
Call number:
CJ3492 .T16 1926
CJ3492.T16 1926
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_392528

Les monnaies japonaises dór et dárgent : du XVIe au XIXe siècle = Gold and silver Japanese coins : from XVIth XIXth century / par Hisanori Takekawa ; préface et traduction du japonais par M. Shibata

Author:
Takekawa, Hisanori 19th cent  Search this
Physical description:
lii, 198 p. : ill., map ; 30 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Japan
Date:
1981
C1981
Topic:
Coins, Japanese  Search this
Gold coins  Search this
Silver coins  Search this
Call number:
CJ3715.T3413 1981X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_200382

Japanese coinage / Norman Jacobs, Cornelius C. Vermeule III

Author:
Jacobs, Norman 1924-  Search this
Vermeule, Cornelius C. - (Cornelius Clarkson) 1925-2008  Search this
Vermeule, Cornelius Clarkson  Search this
Physical description:
142 p. : ill. ; 26 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Japan
Date:
1953
Topic:
Coins, Japanese  Search this
Numismatics  Search this
Call number:
737 .J2
CJ3706.J3X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_250540

Numismatique japonaise. ... Ouvrage accompagné de 166 dessins de monnaies

Author:
Villaret, E. de  Search this
Physical description:
1 p. l., 95 p. XXXIII pl. 24 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Japan
Date:
1892
Topic:
Coins, Japanese  Search this
Numismatics  Search this
Call number:
CJ3706.V72 1892
CJ3706.V72 1892
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_259607

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

Japanese coinage [by] Norman Jacobs [and] Cornelius C. Vermeule III

Author:
Jacobs, Norman 1924-2004  Search this
Vermeule, Cornelius C (Cornelius Clarkson) 1925-2008  Search this
Physical description:
151 pages illustrations 26 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Japan
Date:
1972
Topic:
Coins, Japanese  Search this
Numismatics  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1076691

Nihon tsūka zukan / Rikō Mitsuo, Uemura Takashi, Tamiya Kenzō [hen, kyōcho]

Title:
利光三津夫, 1927-
Karā-ban Nihon tsūka zukan
日本通貨図鑑 / 利光三津夫, 植村峻, 田宮健三 [編・共著]
Author:
Rikō, Mitsuo 1927-  Search this
Uemura, Takashi 1935-  Search this
Tamiya, Kenzō 1939-  Search this
Physical description:
x, 327 p. : col. ill. ; 31 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Japan
Date:
2004
Heisei 16 [2004]
Topic:
Money--History  Search this
Paper money--History  Search this
Coins, Japanese--History  Search this
Call number:
HG1272 .N546 2004
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_904761

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