As it continues work on its multi-volume Encyclopedia of Obsolete
Paper Money, Whitman Publishing has put out a call for
volunteers. The series made its debut in 2014, and eight volumes, each
with 400 to 800 pages, have been published. Areas covered so far are
devoted to the New England and South Atlantic states. Whitman
estimates that it will take six more to complete the series and hopes
to draw on the resources and knowledge of the collecting public to
complete the massive project.
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In particular, volunteer editors are needed for the Middle Atlantic
states, the Midwest, and territories, with particular emphasis on New
York, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio. Whitman publisher Dennis
Tucker says each state editor will work closely with the Whitman team
to track down facts, answer questions, scrutinize the historical
record, gather and examine images, and otherwise act as each state’s expert.
The volunteers, Tucker added, will join in a collaborative effort
with contributors such as the American Bank Note Co., the American
Numismatic Society, and the Smithsonian Institution, all of whom,
along with private collectors and other institutions, have shared
images. Dealers and collectors active in the market of buying,
selling, or trading, he said, “can volunteer to analyze valuations and
rarity ratings. Historians with knowledge of a particular state or
region can review state, town, and bank histories, fascinating
narratives that tell the hometown stories of America!”
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Obsolete notes are paper currency issued from 1782 to 1866, before
the introduction of federal paper currency during the Civil War.
During this time, more than 3,000 state-chartered banks released their
own paper money in thousands of varieties. The aim of the encyclopedia
is to study and illustrate each listed note in detail with information
on grading, rarity, values in multiple grades, significant auction
results, advice for collectors, and other guidance.
Anyone interested in volunteering can contact Whitman Publishing here.
Volunteers will be credited in the books’ acknowledgments.