Making Requests from the New Online Catalog Starting Monday February 1!

In our continuing series of news items and videos designed to introduce and inform our members and library patrons about the features of the new David Straight Memorial Philatelic Union Catalog, today we explain the procedure for creating and submitting a library request to the APRL from the online catalog. Whether submitting a request to borrow materials from the APRL collection, a request to purchase items from our surplus inventory of duplicate material, or submitting a research request to the library, the process is simple and easy in the new online catalog.

First, when submitting a request to borrow materials from the APRL you will begin with your search. Follow the instructions in the previous news item and video titled Begin Searching the New Online Catalog Monday February 1 in order to find materials for borrowing using either a Basic or Advanced Search. Once you find the materials you are interested in borrowing, from the search results list that appears following your search move your cursor beside the item in the list you wish to borrow and click on the box beside the title to put a check mark in the box. 

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Begin Searching the New Online Catalog Monday February 1!

By way of preparing our members and library patrons for the Monday February 1 launch date of the David Straight Memorial Philatelic Union Catalog on its new GeniePlus platform, the catalog that researchers use to access materials from the APRL and the holdings of the other 12 partnering philatelic libraries, the APRL has created a series of video tutorials introducing and outlining the various functions of the new catalog.

The first video gave users a brief introduction to the new online catalog on its new platform, describing some of the familiar and also the new features researchers can expect when using the new catalog. In this news item and the video below, we will now delve into how catalog users can create a Basic Search and the options available for refining that search, as well as how to conduct an Advanced Search in which the user can build and execute a more detailed and precise search query, one that involves multiple search terms and multiple search field.

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Explore the APRL’s New Online Catalog February 1!

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Since October 1992 when the APRL transitioned from a card catalog and in-house database system to an online union catalog, the cataloging of the APRL collection has grown exponentially along with the collection. In 1992 the first records were input into the library’s new online catalog platform, GeniePlus, and with this the David Straight Memorial Philatelic Union Catalog (DSM-PUC) was born.

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Advanced Search Page in Current David Straight Philatelic Union Catalog

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New Resources at the APRL, December 2020

Chafetz, Donald A. Donald A. Chafetz research papers (1971-2001). [CS2 R9 P1 S4 Chafetz]

Chandak, Kishor S.; Bhargave, P.G. Encyclopaedia of early Indian cancellations and postmarks – 1852-1900. (Solapur, India: Kishor S. Chandak, 2019). [G7651 .P857 C454e 2019]

Johns’ Western Gallery. Wells Fargo Express & successors from the collection of Harold E. Allen with additions & Western Americana including books, ephemera, and photography related to U.S. military, Civil War, firearms, railroads, and mining.: July 20, 2007 (San Francisco, CA: Johns’ Western Gallery, 2007). [NS Allen, Harold E.]

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New Resources at the APRL, November 2020

Carrigan, Jay. Carpatho-Ukraine 1944-1945 [exhibit]: An ‘Editor’s Choice’ stamp exhibit. ([No location]: Exhibitors Press,  2017). [G7101 .P969 C316c 2017 Exhibit]

Carrigan, Jay. The Liberation of Yugoslavia [exhibit]: An ‘Editor’s Choice’ stamp exhibit. ([No location]: Exhibitors Press,  2018). [G6841 .M642 C316c 2018 Exhibit]

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RSPL Announces Virtual Sessions

As part of its ongoing series of virtual sessions, the Royal Philatelic Society London would like to announce some upcoming events that all are free to attend. Past RSPL events have been excellent and these are sure to be the same. All events will take place via Zoom and are open to non-RPSL members

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National Postal Museum to Host 17th Maynard Sundman Lecture

The Smithsonian’s National Postal Museum is proud to announce the 17th Maynard Sundman Lecture Wednesday, Dec. 9, at 4 p.m. ET online, via Zoom. Admission to the lecture is free, but registration is required. Register here. The museum will welcome Yamil Kouri Jr. to discuss the topic of his most recent book “Under Three Flags, the Postal History of the Spanish-Cuban / American War,” the winner of the American Philatelic Society’s philatelic literature Grand Award in 2019.

Cubans had long sought liberation from Spanish rule during the mid-to-late 19th century, culminating in the Cuban War of Independence in 1895. After more than three years of fighting, neither side had a clear advantage. The United States’ declaration of war against Spain in April 1898 had a decisive impact on the conflict, leading to Spain’s surrender within a few months. Although brief, these coinciding military conflicts and the multi-country occupation of Cuba produced a rich and varied postal history legacy. The presentation will explore some of the fascinating aspects of this legacy that resulted in major global consequences.

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New Resources at the APRL, October 2020

Andreasen, James R., Jr. Brazil Philatelic Bibliography: Articles from The Bull’s Eye and from Bull’s Eyes. (Brazil Philatelic Association, 1995).  [G5400 .A11 A557b 1995]

Bowers, Q. David; Martin, Mary L. A guide book of collectible postcards (Pelham, AL: Whitman Publishing, 2020). [G3701 .P839 B786g 2020]

Buck, Charles H. Foreign entries in United States official stamps: An annotated listing of foreign Entries in: 12c Agriculture (O6), 2c Executive (O11), 6c State (O60), 24c State (O65) (Westport, CT:  Charles H. Buck, 2020).  [G3701 .O32 B922f 2020]

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New Resources at the APRL, September 2020

American Topical Association. Topical Adventures: A guide to Topical and Thematic Stamp Collecting edited by Jack R. Congrove, Dawn R. Hamman & Martin Kent Miller (American Topical Association, 2020). [HE6183 .A1 A512a no.168]

Bansal, S.P. Postal service envelopes and picture postcards of India Post (Firozabad, India: S.P. Bansal, 2020). [G7651 .C873 B219p 2020]

Chinese Taipei Philatelic Society. Chinese Taipei Philatelic Magazine  (Chinese Taipei Philatelic Society, [2014]). [JOURNAL Chinese Taipei Philatelic Magazine]

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Register Now of the 2020 Virtual Postal History Symposium

It’s Time to Register for the 2020 Postal History Symposium! 

Back in July in order to overcome the health and safety concerns of the ongoing pandemic, it was decided that the 2020 Postal History Symposium would be held virtually. The biennial event, jointly hosted by the American Philatelic Society, the American Philatelic Research Library, the National Postal Museum and this year by the U.S. Philatelic Classics Society, was re-imagined virtually and rescheduled for October 26-30, 2020.

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