Curatorial Records, 1906-1999

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Consists of records documenting curatorial activities in the National Numismatic Collection (NNC), with earlier records dating back to when NNC was known as the Division of Numismatics. Materials predating 1947 were created and maintained by the Division of History. Materials include correspondence, memoranda, and notes pertaining to exhibition planning, inventory projects, coin and medal acquisitions, conferences, staff publications, care of numismatics collections, and annual reports; articles, news releases, and newspaper clippings; contracts; scripts and floor plans for the Hall of Numismatics; exhibition brochures and descriptions; photographs and slides; information on medal programs; collection history files; blueprints; publications and lecture papers authored by the Clain-Stefanellis; research and work progress reports; information files; correspondence with numismatic organizations; and awards. Curators documented in these records include Vladimir Clain-Stefanelli, Curator, 1956-1980, and Historian, 1981-1982; Elvira E. Clain-Stafanelli, Assistant Curator, 1957-1961, Associate Curator, 1961-1968, Curator, 1969-1980, Historian, 1981-1985, and Executive Director, 1986- ; Stuart M. Mosher, Associate Curator, 1948-1956; Coralee C. Gillilland, Curator, 1984-1989, and Deputy Executive Director, 1990-1992; and Richard G. Doty, Curator, 1986- .


  • Doty, Richard G
  • Gillilland, Cora Lee C
  • Clain-Stefanelli, Elvira E (Elvira Eliza)
  • Mosher, Stuart M
  • Clain-Stefanelli, Vladimir
  • United States National Museum


Series Level Description


  • To view records that comprise this series, see the detailed list of accessions and/or record units below.
  • For a history of the creating unit, refer to "Forms part of" above.



Repository Loc.

Smithsonian Institution Archives, Capital Gallery, Suite 3000, MRC 507; 600 Maryland Avenue, SW; Washington, DC 20024-2520


  • 1906
  • 1906-1999

Restrictions & Rights

Materials less than 15 years old Restricted. Contact reference staff for details


  • Numismatic museums
  • Intellectual property
  • Museums
  • Numismatics
  • Museums--Collection management
  • Museum exhibits


  • Brochures
  • Clippings
  • Black-and-white negatives
  • Color negatives
  • Color photographs
  • Color transparencies
  • Manuscripts
  • Floor plans
  • Black-and-white photographs

Local number

SIA RS00499

Physical description

  • 3.5 cu. ft. processed holdings
  • 20 cu. ft. unprocessed holdings

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