New books at the APRL, September 2016

APRL acquisitions, September 16–October 15, 2016. To request loans, copies, or scans, or to search our catalog, visit the APRL website.

book coverAmerican Philatelic Society. [American Philatelic Society membership records] (American Philatelic Society, 1916-2000). [R10 P4 S3 APS Membership Records CLOSED STACKS 2]

Baer, Martin. Swiss perfins: Katalog der privat gelochten Marken der Schweiz = Catalogue de timbres perforés privé de la Suisse = Catalogue of privately perforated stamps of Swizerland (Kloten [Switzerland]: Herausgebegen im Auftrag der Arbeitsgemeinschaft Perfins des Schweizerischen Ganzsachensammler Vereins = Published on behalf of the Perfin Research Group of the Swiss Postal Stationery Collectors Society, c2014). [G6041 .P438 B14s 2014]

Bearbeitung & Verkauf, Heinz Bauer. Tag der Briefmarke Schweiz = Journée du timbre Suisse (Niederuzwil [Switzerland]: Heinz Bauer, 2001). [G6041 .P857 T12t 2001]

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The library is open!

Come on in — we're open!

Although our Grand Opening is scheduled for the end of October, the library has been open continuously throughout our construction and move to the new library space.

Collections were moved to the new library space in May. Because we did not yet have an occupancy permit, staff and visitors continued to work in the old library space, and library staff retrieved materials from the new library space.

Staff moved in to the new library space when we received our occupancy permit at the end of August, and the first visiting researcher used the library the next day.

We are busy putting the finishing touches on the new library for the Grand Opening celebrations Oct. 28–29, but we are fully operational. If you are in Bellefonte, stop by for a visit, or contact us with your research questions and requests.






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New books at the APRL, August 2016

APRL acquisitions, August 16–September 15, 2016. To request loans, copies, or scans, or to search our catalog, visit the APRL website.

Winifred Gallagher’s How the Post Office Created America, newly published by Penguin Press, “examines the surprising role of the postal service in our nation’s political, social, economic, and physical development.”

Ainsworth, William J. Lincoln definitive 4 cent & 5 cent issues of 1890-1908 [exhibit] ([n.l.]: [William J. Ainsworth], [2008?]). [G3701 .D313 A297L 2008 EXHIBIT]

Ainsworth, William J. Lincoln on revenues: the martyred president’s immediate and enduring presence on U.S. tax stamps, 1865-1940 [exhibit] ([n.l.]: [William J. Ainsworth], [2—?]). [G3701 .R451 A297L 2000 EXHIBIT]

Ainsworth, William J. Lincoln on revenues: the martyred president’s immediate and enduring presence on U.S. tax stamps, 1865-1940 [exhibit] ([n.l.]: William J. Ainsworth, [2008?]). [Online]

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Richard Graham Papers finding aid available

Graham Papers finding aid

Richard B. Graham Papers finding aid

Over the summer, we hosted an intern, Michael Wilson, working on archival projects. The major part of Michael’s work focused on processing the papers of noted postal historian Richard Graham. Michael’s finding aid to the more than 100 boxes of Graham’s papers, slides, and photographs is available online.

The papers were donated to the APRL by Graham’s son Tom, and the processing was made possible by the David T. Beals III Charitable Trust through the U.S. Philatelic Classics Society.

Graham wrote a column on postal history for Linn’s Stamp News for many years, and the papers include a complete inventory of the column as well as his research materials for them. Linn’s published an article on the papers in the Sept. 26 issue.

Researchers are invited to use the Graham Papers and other special collections on site at the APRL’s new library space in Bellefonte, PA.

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New books at the APRL, July 2016

APRL acquisitions, July 16–August 15, 2016. To request loans, copies, or scans, or to search our catalog, visit the APRL website.

book coverAdamczyk, Janusz. Krakow postal history before 1918 ([n.l.]: [n.p.], [n.d.]). [In process 000062176]

Adamczyk, Janusz. Krakow postal history before 1918; [electronic resource] ([n.l.]: [n.p.], [n.d.]). [In process CD 000062188]

Association nationale des collectionneurs de timbres, vignettes et documents Croix-rouge. La Croix rouge et la poste (Ambert, France; Grasse, France: Association nationale des collectionneurs de timbres, vignettes et documents Croix-rouge: Editions Chalier, [1976]). [In process 000062621]

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Philatelic Literature Review 3rd quarter 2016 features Inverted Jenny recovery

The online edition of the Philatelic Literature Review 3rd quarter 2016 issue is now available to subscribers. If you are a PLR subscriber and we have your email address, you should have received an email with instructions for accessing the online edition. The 3rd quarter issue features a cover story on the recovery of the APRL’s McCoy Inverted Jenny by associate editor Jeff Stage.

Philatelic Literature ReviewFeatures

President’s Message — Roger Brody
From the Librarian’s Desk — Tara Murray
Library News — Sergio Lugo
Inverted Jenny Returned — Jeff Stage
Hejaz: The Survey of Egypt Book of 1918 — Additional Information — David R. Beech


APRL New Acquisitions
APS StampShow Literature Palmares
Book Reviews
Index to Advertisers
Literature Awards
New Books Noted
Philatelic Literature Clearinghouse
Philatelic Literature Contributors
PLR Dealer Directory

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Can you find this mystery report?

Encyclopedia of the Colors of United States Postage StampsIn volume 4 of R.H. White’s Encyclopedia of the Colors of United States Postage Stamps — still the most comprehensive work on the color of U.S. postage stamps to 1919 — there is a reference to a technical report published by Philatelic Research Ltd. We have not been able to find this report in any philatelic library, or even any other mention of it. If you know anything about this report (see the reference below, from volume 4, page 13 of White’s Encyclopedia), please let us know in the comments!

R.H. White, Tech. Report ENC-IV-9, 1980, Philatelic Research Ltd., Germantown, Maryland.

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APRL prepares for Grand Opening

Library reading roomThe last major component of the new library space—the elevator—has been completed. We are now waiting for final inspections so we can occupy the space.

We are also working on finishing touches, including signage and displays, and preparing for the Grand Opening festivities October 28–29. Plan now to join us Friday, October 28 for a celebration dinner and Saturday, October 29 for a ribbon-cutting ceremony, tours, a pictorial cancellation, displays, and special Saturday hours for the library and APS departments. Details will be available by August, but you can visit the APC visitors page to start making your travel plans.

During this transition time, the library is open to visitors in the old library space. The books and journals have been moved into the new library, but our staff are ready to retrieve them for you. We have even brought long journal runs on carts for researchers. If you are planning a visit, you can save some time by emailing us or calling 814-933-3803 ext. 240 to request materials to be ready for your arrival.

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New books at the APRL, June 2016

APRL acquisitions, May 16–June 15, 2016. To request loans, copies, or scans, or to search our catalog, visit the APRL website.

book coverAllen, Ron E. AFDCS Directory of current cachetmakers [electronic resource] (Lexington, KY: American First Day Cover Society, 2016–).

America’s most amazing stamp: conserving our natural heritage with federal duck stamps [videorecording] (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Federal Duck Stamp Division, [n.d.]). [In process 000061520]

American Journal of Philately [microform] (New York: J.W. Scott and Co., 1868–1906). [MICROFORM American Journal of Philately]

American Philatelic Society. Chapter Activities Committee. American Philatelic Society Chapter News Letter (Berkeley, California ; Oakland, Calif.; Southbury, Conn.: APS Chapter Activities Committee, 1944–1978). [JOURNAL American Philatelic Society Chapter News Letter] » Continue reading…

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Philatelic librarians from around the world gather in New York

About 25 people from 7 countries gathered at the Collectors Club in midtown Manhattan on the morning of Monday, May 30. The thing that brought them all together was philatelic libraries.

All were attending World Stamp Show-NY2016 and came to the Collectors Club’s 5-story brownstone for a meeting of the Philatelic Librarians Roundtable. The group included professional librarians, library staff, board members, and volunteers, and individuals with an interest in libraries.

The group was welcomed by Bruce Marsden and Roger Brody, both members of the Collectors Club and presidents, respectively, of the Collectors Club and the American Philatelic Research Library. The club had a special display for the meeting: the original letter book of Robert Morris, postmaster of New York.

I then welcomed the group on behalf of the Philatelic Librarians Roundtable, an informal group of staff, board members, volunteers, and the interested individuals, mostly from North America. The roundtable meets every other month virtually, in person at the American Philatelic Society’s StampShow, and keeps in touch between meetings using an email list. Anyone is welcome to join the email list and the meetings. To be added to the email list, visit or contact me. Most libraries participating in the roundtable are also members of the David Straight Memorial Philatelic Union Catalog hosted by the APRL, which in turn contributes its data to the Global Philatelic Library.

Frank Walton and Steve Jarvis then gave the group a live demo of the new digital Crawford Library, to be officially unveiled at World Stamp Show-NY2016 later in the day. The project, a joint venture of the Global Philatelic Library and the British Library, has digitized the entire Crawford Philatelic Library from the British Library’s microfilm (except for about 20% of the library which was not filmed). All of the digitized material that is out of copyright under British law is now publicly accessible.

Describing the aims of the project, Walton said, “Any philatelic literature is only as good as the people who read it.” The GPL is currently running optical character recognition on the files which will eventually make the collection fully searchable. The digital library, along with the Global Philatelic Library catalog including the holdings of 27 philatelic libraries around the world, can be accessed at

Following the presentation, the group had a lively discussion about cooperation and collaboration around the exchange of duplicates and digitization efforts.

After the meeting, some attendees toured the Collectors Club while others continued to mingle and exchange contact information.

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