As promised, for American Archives Month, here is a peek inside the APRL archives.
The APRL has a vast collection of clipping files, assembled from donations of material from philatelists.
The collection got its start in the late 1980’s with a donation of some 120 file drawers from the estate of Ernest A. Kehr.
Kehr’s clippings cover the world, but the folders related to his collecting interests (air mail, Switzerland, the Philippines, and Egypt) contain the most material.
Most of the folders contain articles, but some contain correspondence, notes, and even philatelic material. One folder, labeled “Free Franking,” contains covers addressed to the President.
Files from Forrest Ellis, John Stark, and Belmont Faries on U.S. stamps are organized by Scott number. This collection makes the APRL a leading source of information on twentieth-century U.S. stamps.
Forrest Ellis’ files provide information on new issues and designs for U.S. stamps from the first half of the twentieth century. John Stark specialized in stamps with fluorescence.
Faries served for more than two decades on the Citizen’s Stamp Advisory Committee to the postmaster general, and his files provide a wealth of information on U.S. stamp design.
Folders from the clipping files do not circulate, but APRL staff can make photocopies or digital scans (depending on the amount of material) for researchers.