Slusser Memorial Philatelic Library Visit

Charlotte Cushman, Librarian, and Larry Nix in front of Arizona postal history display













On a reecent Southwest trip my wife and I were able to visit the Postal History Foundation complex in Tucson, Arizona.  On our visit we were treated to a personalized tour of the library building by Charlotte Cushman, the librarian, and a tour of the main Foundation building by Paul Nelson.  The Peggy J. Slusser Memorial Philatelic Library was of particular interest to me. It is housed in its own building which was designed specifically as a philatelic library. I am not aware of another instance in which this has occurred.  The building was designed by architect Les Wallach and dedicated in 1996. It is one of 40 libraries in the U.S. featured in the book Architecture for the Books by Michael J. Crosbie which was published in 2003.  In addition to its book and periodical collection devoted to philately, the library has an extensive collection of materials related to the Civil War. I wrote an earlier post about the Postal History Foundation and the Slusser Library, and it was really great to see this organization and its facilities in person. More photos follow.

Spacious and attractive reading room
Not too many philatelic libraries have a children's corner
Basement archive room of the library

2 thoughts on “Slusser Memorial Philatelic Library Visit”

  1. Thank you for sharing these photos! The APRL recently cataloged some children’s books from the APS Education Department and put them out on display. The children’s corner gives me some ideas.

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