This book could not have been written without the valuable assistance, freely given, of many friends and researchers. The authors are indebted to many, but especially to the following.
First mention must be made of Mr. and Mrs. R. Henry Norweb, Jr. They both gave of their time and effort, making personal and family archival material available to the authors, which became the basis for most of what appears in this book. R. Henry Norweb, Jes gracious cooperation made our task that much easier.
Margo Russell, Coin World editor emeritus, kindly agreed to compose a foreword for this book. Margo was a long-time personal friend of Mrs. Norweb, and her warm appreciation sets a sympathetic tone for what follows it.
Thanks are due to Roy Ash, for unclassified information about the present status of the Azores bases; Mary Doering and Frank Stipkala of the American Red Cross; Carl Francis, curator of the mineralogical collection at Harvard University; Robert Hagley, of the Plain Dealer, who arranged for archival material for our use; Kenneth Hawley, chief curator of Later Western Art, the Cleveland Museum of Art; the Office of the Historian, United States Department of State; Ken Hostetler of the Public Relations office of Kennecott Copper Company; Dr. Kim McCarter, Chairman of the Department of Mining of the University of Utah; Flora Lee Millsaps of Salt Lake City, Utah, who searched the archives of the Utah State Historical Society and the Deseret News for information about the Holdens' mining ventures there; Kermit Pike, Director of the Library, The Western Reserve Historical Society; Thomas Vail, publisher and editor of the Plain Dealer, whose openness and willing cooperation were invaluable; Christine Wiltanger, freelance researcher, whose work in the New York Public Library made Albert Holden's business empire come alive in these pages.
Many friends in the world of numismatics offered their help and resources in this project. We wish to acknowledge specially the following. John W. Adams, for invaluable historical assistance; John J. Ford, Jr., whose encouragement and advice were invaluable; Harry Forman, for recollections concerning Mrs. Norweb; Arthur M. Kagin, for recollections concerning Mrs. Norweb; Abner Kreisberg, for information concerning Mrs. Norweb; Eric P. Newman, for loaning correspondence with the Norwebs; John J. Pittman, for recollections concerning Mrs. Norweb.
The staff librarians of the American Numismatic Association; Leslie Elam, William Metcalf, and Frank Campbell of the American Numismatic Society; and Mrs. Elvira Clain-Stefanelli, curator of the National Collection at the Smithsonian; all provided essential information regarding important activities and donations made by the Norwebs.
Thanks are due to Mrs. Marion (Margo) Russell for clippings and historical information; Coin World, Beth Deisher, editor, for photographs, files, and historical information; and Neil Harris, editor, The Numismatist. The librarians of the Special Collections Department of Dartmouth College provided useful assistance. Special thanks to Louise Gehman, librarian of the Wolfeboro, N.H. Public Library, for bearing with many interlibrary loan requests.
Many individuals agreed to be interviewed for this book, and their personal reminiscences about the Norwebs have added color to our story. We extend particular appreciation to the following. R. Henry Norweb, Jr: Mother Mary Joseph, O.C.D.; Albert Holden Norweb; Erla Mae Inks and Doris C. Brayton, (secretaries to Mrs. Norweb from 1949-1983); Thomas Vail; Elvira Clain-Stefanelli; John J. Ford, Jr.; and Kenneth Hawley.
The following members of the Bowers and Merena Galleries staff provided assistance in the following ways: Mary K. Valley typeset the manuscript; Cathy W. Dumont photographed numismatic specimens from the Norweb Collection; and the following Graphic Arts Department staff members helped with production: J.E. McCabe, William Winter, Margaret Graf, Linda A. Heilig, Judy Bouchard, and Lee Blythe Lilljedahl.