Harvey Stack submitted these thoughts on the Charles Barber correspondence archive. Thanks. -Editor
The Charles Barber Papers which was an interesting and informative article originally written by David Ganz needs a few additional
comments about the papers.
Stack's acquired the papers from the family of Charles Barber. They were to us a super assemblage of Barber and the lengthy work at
the U.S. Mint. It is a voluminous assemblage but revealing about the work he did, the correspondence he had. Many did not know that he
designed coins for the Cuban Government for their new coinage in 1915. There were drawings and correspondence that has great numismatic
history for the researchers.
We had it as part of the Stack's Family Library, and showed it to several curators who visited us who had great interest in knowing
more about this great artist than was revealed in text books.
When Dr. V.Stefanelli and his wife visited with us they were excited to see such a volume of text, and they asked and we decided to give
it to the Smithsonian to further enhance their studies. One of the provisions of the gift was to have the entire group of letters and
drawings be published within three years of the gift. That was an easy acceptance for them as they were always looking for material that is
new and discovered for publication. We delivered the papers intact to the Museum of American History, at the Smithsonian, and some work was
started in assembling in an order for publication these great historical papers.
During the following year, because of illness by Dr. Stefanelli the work slowed and stopped. In order that this information could be
assimilated by other scholars, we had the papers copied, and a set of each was sent to the Library of Congress, The American Numismatic
Association Library and the American Numismatic Library, and one copy was saved for the Stack's Numismatic Library. Someday we hope
that the original papers will be published, but we are thankful that copies remain in several libraries for Numismatic Research.
To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see:
CHARLES BARBER CORRESPONDENCE ARCHIVE
Wayne Homren, Editor
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