David Hill will assume his official duties Nov. 17 as the American
Numismatic Society's new Francis D. Campbell librarian.
“I am very pleased that David Hill will take over this key position
in our organization and continue the work carried out by his
predecessors, Elizabeth Hahn Benge and Francis D. Campbell,” said ANS
Executive Director Ute Wartenberg Kagan.
The Harry W. Bass Jr. Library at the ANS is widely acknowledged as
one of the most important numismatic libraries in the world, housing
more than 100,000 items related to numismatics and related fields. The
archives, which contains records of both the society and various
members, dealers, and collectors, has become an important source for
researchers in U.S. and world numismatics.
Hill was appointed librarian from a broad pool candidates after an
extensive search, according to the ANS. Hill brings 20 years of
library and archives experience to the position, the society said.
Hill holds a master of library science degree from the University at
Albany as well as undergraduate and graduate degrees in American
history. His professional work has included positions at the Columbia
University Archives and Columbiana Library, where he served as
assistant director, as well as the Berkshire County Historical Society
(Massachusetts) and the Westchester County Archives.
Hill served the ANS the last five years as the ANS’s part-time
archivist. Hill has published his research in articles on a variety of
numismatic subjects, including the Chapman Brothers coin firm, the
opening of the Shanghai Mint, and coin scholar and ANS President
Edward Newell. Hill’s article on the French medalist Louis-Oscar Roty
will be published in the next issue of
During his time as the society’s archivist, Hill also served as a
reference librarian at Iona College in New Rochelle, N.Y.
During his time at the ANS, Hill has worked closely with the
society’s web and database developer Ethan Gruber in the development
of ARCHER, the online archives publication system. This tool, which
began as a means to publish archival finding aids online, now includes
a platform for displaying full-text page scans that can be linked into
other online systems, with the handwritten notebooks of Edward Newell
serving as the first test case.
“This is a very exciting development,” Hill says, “and one that I
see being applied not only to manuscripts but to the older published
works in the library, such as auction catalogs. I’m looking forward to
working with the curatorial staff as we integrate digitized library
resources with systems like the Online Coins of the Roman Empire
(OCRE) and the MANTIS coin database.”
For more information, visit the ANS website.
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