Three Penn State students, volunteering their time as part of Penn State’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service, helped out at the American Philatelic Research Library today.
On Friday, we received three pallets of journals and auction catalogs de-accessioned by Library and Archives Canada. They were temporarily staged in the Morse Building at the American Philatelic Center, the former home of the APRL until the opening of the new library last year.
The students helped by opening boxes, putting the journals and catalogs on carts, in order, and moving them upstairs to compact shelving in the new library, where they await processing to become part of the APRL’s collection.
Beginning this month, the APRL will feature a “resource of the month” on this blog and in the APS e-newsletter. To get things started, I’ll share a unique collection for anyone researching U.S. issues, especially from the 20th century: the U.S. Stamp Files.
The U.S. Stamp files (shown above in their secure location in the library’s closed stacks) include files various sources, but primarily from three individuals: Forrest Ellis, John Stark, and Belmont Faries. They are organized by Scott number and collectively make the APRL a leading source of information on 20th-century U.S. stamps. Continue reading “APRL Resource of the Month: The U.S. Stamp Files”
The APRL has received word of two digitization projects of interest to anyone researching the U.S. Post Office Department or U.S. Postal Service.
For those interested in more modern information, the Smithsonian National Postal Museum Library has digitized the annual reports of the Postmaster General for the years 1999, 1996, 1994, 1993, 1991, 1990, 1978, 1977, and 1971-1972. The reports can be accessed via the Smithsonian Libraries Digital Collections, and a link has also been added to the APRL’s catalog record for the annual reports.
Going further back in history, as part of the Crawford Library digitization project, the files for United States reports and correspondence of the Postmaster General have been split into smaller, more manageable files for web access.
APRL acquisitions, November 16–December 15, 2016. To request loans, copies, or scans, or to search our catalog, visit the APRL website.
This month’s additions to the library include a number of volumes on the postal history of Indiana counties. In all, there are 90 volumes covering all but 2 (Ripley and Vigo) of Indiana’s 92 counties. They were published by the Indiana Postal History Society, an APS affiliate. Each volume includes maps of the county and data for each town post office, such as dates of operation and postmaster appointments. The volumes were donated to the library by Art Hadley, and volunteers comb-bound them for the collection.
Becker, Hans-Werner. Catalogue of Philippine postal slogan cancels. Volume 1 (Cebu City, Philippines: Hans-Werner Becker, c2016). [G8061 .P857 B395 2016]
The Royal Philatelic Society London invites nominations for the Crawford Medal, awarded to the most valuable and original contribution to philately published in the form of a book. Nominations are invited of books published in 2015 or 2016 and the award is open to both members and non-members of the Society.
To nominate a publication, submit brief details either by email to email@example.com or mail to 41 Devonshire Place, London W1G 6JY, UK, marking the envelope “Crawford Nomination”. The deadline for nominations is February 1, 2017. If the book is not in the Society’s library then the nominator may be requested to supply a copy for the committee to consider.
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Many of the maps to be included are already online at the LoC website, but the new partnership will make them accessible in the same place as other collections, for example from the Smithsonian Libraries and the Internet Archive.
Thomas Lindekens of Belgium has just published a book on civil censorship in the Belgian Congo and Ruanda-Urundi. Belgian Congo and Ruanda-Urundi: Civil Censorship 1940-1945“includes all post offices, linear marks, tapes and cancellations used by the censorship office of the Belgian Congo and the Ruanda-Urundi 1940-1945 (illustrations, colours, sizes, dates of use). … These are each illustrated and described.”
The book’s 246 full-color A4-format pages are bound in a ring binder.
The book is available for €45 (with shipping, €52.50 in Belgium or €60 to the rest of the world). Pay by PayPal (add €2 for fees) or inquire to firstname.lastname@example.org.
On the morning of Saturday, October 29, hundreds of people poured into the American Philatelic Research Library for a ribbon-cutting ceremony to officially open the new library space.
APRL Administrator Scott English introduced APRL President Roger Brody, APS President Mick Zais, local officials, including Representative Glenn “GT” Thompson, Centre County Commissioners Michael Pipe and Mark Higgins, Bellefonte Borough Council Vice President Randy Brachbill, followed by USPS Director of Stamp Services Mary-Anne Penner and former APS Executive Director Bob Lamb. The APRL and APS presidents cut the strip of postal labels to officially open the library. Watch the ceremony on YouTube.
The festivities began the day before with a dinner held at the American Philatelic Center featuring an address by David Beech, former curator of the British Library’s philatelic collection. Watch David’s address on YouTube.
The weekend also featured a book fair, tours of the library and the American Philatelic Center, and ample opportunities to socialize, use the library’s state of the art research facilities, shop, and take in displays, including a 5-frame exhibit on loan from the Spellman Museum of Stamps and Postal History.
The APS produced a cachet to commemorate the opening in a limited numbered printing of 100. Each cachet is autographed by the APRL president, administrator, and librarian, franked with a $2 Inverted Jenny stamp, and canceled with a Bellefonte pictorial cancel including the library’s logo. A limited number of these covers are available through the APS event souvenir shop.
Here are a couple of photographs from the event. Many more can be seen on the APS Facebook page by clicking on the photos tab.
APRL grand opening dinner table setting.
Former APRL librarians Lois Evans de Violini, Gini Horn, and current librarian Tara Murray.
APRL dinner keynote speaker David Beech.
The event was covered by the local and philatelic press: