Series IX. Commemorative Medals, Coins, Badges, and Plaques Depicting
Half of our medals come from the private collection of Cornell first
president, A.D. White [from now on referred to as "White", who acquired them
from Henry Chapman, a noted numismatist from Philadelphia . The other half
was acquired by Cornell Library in 1966 from the Parisian antiquarian Marcel
Blancheteau ["referred to as "Blancheteau"]. "O" stands for "obverse", "R"
for "reverse". "Olivier" stands for a catalog issued in 1932 with the title
"Iconographie metallique du general Lafayette; essai de repertoire des
medailles, medaillons et jetons frappes à son nom ou à son effigie tant en
France qu'en Amerique, par le dr P. Olivier". Its records most of the medals
coined in the honor of Lafayette between 1781 and 1931 (RMC, DC146.L16 O49
The collection is available only by appointment with the head of the
division, or the curator of the French collections.