The NNP Team Meet the people behind the Portal
Leonard Augsburger serves as Project Coordinator for the NNP project, and has written widely in the field of American numismatics. His 1792: Birth of a Nation's Coinage, co-authored with Joel Orosz and Pete Smith, earned the Numismatic Literary Guild Book of the Year award in 2017, Augsburger's third such award. A Fellow of the American Numismatic Society, Augsburger also serves as vice president of the Liberty Seated Collectors Club and vice president of the Numismatic Bibliomania Society. He is a member of the Rittenhouse Society, an honorary group of American numismatic researchers.
Roger W. Burdette has written more than 60 articles on American numismatics. His eight in-depth research books have earned the Numismatic Literary Guild Book of the Year awards in 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2014. He is a contributor to many standard references including the Guide Book of United Sates Coins and United States Pattern and Trial Pieces, and has also written detailed catalog descriptions for several major auction houses. He is qualified as a numismatic expert in U.S. federal courts, and has provided consulting advice to the U.S. Mint. He is a former member of the U.S. Mint’s Commemorative Coinage Advisory Committee, and current member of the American Numismatic Society, American Numismatic Association, the Rittenhouse Society and several regional and local organizations. Burdette consults with the Newman Portal on matters related to the vast trove of numismatic documents located in the National Archives and Records Administration.
John Feigenbaum started attending coin shows at the age of 5 and has been a professional numismatist in some capacity ever since. As president and owner of David Lawrence Rare Coins, John has bought and sold many great rarities and built relationships with thousands of coin collectors over many decades. John most enjoys the application of technology to the coin hobby and the Newman Numismatic Portal is a dream project that will deliver much-needed numismatic information to coin collectors. John wrote The Complete Guide to Washington Quarters, in 1993, and received the Abe Kosoff Founder's Award from the PNG in 2014.
Nicole Fry performs scanning work for Newman Portal at the National Archives & Records Administration in Philadelphia, PA. Nicole was formerly the Library Technical Assistant in Digitization for the Newman Numismatic Portal project at Washington University in St. Louis. She has a background in the fine arts, earning her BFA in visual arts from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville in 2013 and an MFA in visual arts from Washington University in St. Louis in 2016.
John Graffeo scans numismatic materials at the National Archives and Records Administration in Denver, Colorado. Prior to this, John was responsible for the metadata, scanning, and other final work required for the digitization of materials at the American Numismatic Society, an Internet Archive satellite location established by the Newman Numismatic Portal. Before digitizing information resources at the ANS, John worked at the ANS - cataloging, handling, and caring for the society’s collections. He has a BA in criminal justice, philosophy, and political science, and a master’s degree in library and information science, with a specialization in rare books and special collections - both from Long Island University.
David Hill is the Francis D. Campbell Librarian at the ANS. He has an M.A. in American History and an M.L.S. from the University at Albany (N.Y.). His professional work has included positions at the Columbia University Archives and Columbiana Library, the Berkshire County Historical Society (Massachusetts), the Westchester County Archives, and Iona College Library (New Rochelle, N.Y.). For five years, prior to his appointment as head of its library, he served as the ANS’s Archivist. His numerous articles on historical topics in the field of numismatics have appeared in ANS Magazine.
Wayne Homren is a lifelong numismatist and founding Editor of The E-Sylum, a popular award-winning weekly email newsletter for numismatic bibliophiles, researchers, and collectors around the world. His CoinLibrary.com project is now part of NNP. Wayne is a past President of the Numismatic Bibliomania Society, the Pennsylvania Association of Numismatists, and decades-long member of specialty groups including the Token and Medal Society and the Society of Paper Money collectors. Winner of the 2008 Burnett Anderson Memorial Award for numismatic writing, his articles on numismatics have been published in The Numismatist, Coin World, Paper Money, the TAMS Journal and other hobby publications. A Fellow of the American Numismatic Society and a member of the Rittenhouse Society, Wayne’s work with NNP is a natural outgrowth of his career as a software development manager and product manager at organizations as diverse as Lycos and the U.S. Department of Defense.
Lara Jacobs is the Digital Scribe responsible for scanning and metadata creation for digitization of archival materials at the American Numismatic Society, a satellite of the Internet Archive established by the NNP. Prior to that, she was the Digital Archivist at the Union League Club, and a Local History Librarian at the Piermont Public Library, in upstate New York. In the past, she has performed library inventory at the St. Regis Hotel, as well as working in an archival capacity at such diverse institutions as the Center for Book Arts, Poet's House, the City Reliquary, the Coney Island Museum, and Spike Lee’s 40 Acres and a Mule Filmworks. She has a degree in Library Science from Pratt School of Information, and a BA in Literature from Bard College.
Mitch Sumner is the Digitization Manager in Washington University Libraries’ Preservation and Digitization department. He has a background in libraries and archives and earned an M.L.I.S and an M.A. in Anthropology from Kent State University. He has worked on digitization projects with the National Park Service and the University of Missouri and now develops and manages digital projects for the Libraries and the wider University.
Kelli West serves as the Library Technical Assistant at Washington University for the Newman Numismatic Portal. She earned her BA at McKendree University and is completing her MA in Historical and Museum Studies at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. Previously Kelli worked at the St. Louis Science Center and Madison Historical Online Encyclopedia & Digital Archive.