Adelman to keynote Postal History Symposium

Joseph M. AdelmanJoseph M. Adelman, winner of the 2011 Moroney Award for U.S. Postal History, will deliver a keynote address during the 2012 Postal History Symposium.

Adelman is Visiting Assistant Professor of History at Framingham State University. A historian of early American media, communication, and politics, he is currently completing a book manuscript on the business of printing and the circulation of political news between 1763 and 1789.

Adelman earned his bachelor’s degree in history from Harvard University and a master’s and Ph.D. in history from the Johns Hopkins University. In addition, Adelman has worked as Communications Director to a member of the New York State Assembly and as a consultant for the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities.

He has held fellowships and grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Antiquarian Society, the American Philosophical Society, the David Library of the American Revolution, the Gilder-Lehrman Institute for American History, the Library Company of Philadelphia, and the Doris G. Quinn Foundation.

He has presented and published broadly, including in Enterprise & Society, TheAtlantic.com, and as a blogger at Common-place.org. Adelman won the 2011 Moroney Award for U.S. Postal History for his article, “‘A Constitutional Conveyance of Intelligence, Public and Private.’”

Adelman’s keynote will be given during the Postal History Symposium banquet on Saturday, November 3 at the Nittany Lion Inn. Register for the symposium and purchase banquet tickets on the APS website.

The theme for the 2012 Symposium is Blue & Gray: Mail and the Civil War and it will be held in conjunction with a philatelic exhibition hosted by the United States Philatelic Classics Society (USPCS), November 2-4, 2012. The symposium is sponsored by the American Philatelic Research Library, the American Philatelic Society, and the Smithsonian National Postal Museum.

Library events at StampShow

APS StampShowIf you will be at APS StampShow in Sacramento this week, take note of these library and literature events:

APRL Events:

  • Philatelic Librarians Roundtable, Friday, August 17, 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Room 307
    Philatelic library staff, volunteers, and board members, and anyone with an interest in philatelic libraries, are welcome to attend. Topics of discussion will include the Philatelic Union Catalog, the Global Philatelic Library, and journal indexing.
  • The APRL Delivers to Your Mailbox or Your Inbox, Saturday, August 18, 1:30-2:30 p.m., Room 304.
    Learn how to search the online Philatelic Union Catalog, get a virtual tour of APRL collections, and find out how the APRL can deliver materials to you – wherever you are.

Other Events of Interest:

  • American Philatelic Research Library Board Meeting, Friday, August 17, 2:30-4:30 p.m., Room 307.
  • Writers Unit 30 Breakfast (registration required), Sunday, August 19, 8:30-10 a.m.
  • Book Signing – “Imagine No More Lies” – Michael Aldrich, Thursday, August 16, noon-2 p.m., show entrance.
  • Publishing on Demand, Michael Aldrich, Thursday, August 16, 2:30-3:30 p.m., Room 307.
  • Philatelic Literature Exhibit Feedback Session, Saturday, August 18, 11 a.m.-noon, Room 314.

Collectors Club of Chicago Philatelic Exhibitor's Award

It’s always good to receive a high medal award for a philatelic exhibit, but it is especially nice to receive one of the special awards. After a significant revision of my Display Division exhibit on public libraries and their forerunners, I entered it into the Rocky Mountain Stamp Show in Denver in May. To my delight it received the Collectors Club of Chicago (CCC) Philatelic Exhibitor’s Award. This is a new award created in 2012 by the CCC. Special awards come with a variety of artifacts to recognize the achievement – certificates, medals, ribbons, and sometimes an object that just might go into the next garage sale. In the case of the CCC award it is a collection of publications which have been published by the Club. What a great idea! The CCC estimates the total value of the publications to be from $150 to $200 which makes the award highly desirable. I received four publications which are shown above. There are some fairly broad parameters for the award with the judges of the show making the final decision on the recipient. More about the award can be found in this press release. It should also be noted that for a number of years the American Philatelic Congress has been giving a philatelic award that is accompanied by the latest issue of their annual Congress Book.

Collectors Club of Chicago Philatelic Exhibitor’s Award

It’s always good to receive a high medal award for a philatelic exhibit, but it is especially nice to receive one of the special awards. After a significant revision of my Display Division exhibit on public libraries and their forerunners, I entered it into the Rocky Mountain Stamp Show in Denver in May. To my delight it received the Collectors Club of Chicago (CCC) Philatelic Exhibitor’s Award. This is a new award created in 2012 by the CCC. Special awards come with a variety of artifacts to recognize the achievement – certificates, medals, ribbons, and sometimes an object that just might go into the next garage sale. In the case of the CCC award it is a collection of publications which have been published by the Club. What a great idea! The CCC estimates the total value of the publications to be from $150 to $200 which makes the award highly desirable. I received four publications which are shown above. There are some fairly broad parameters for the award with the judges of the show making the final decision on the recipient. More about the award can be found in this press release. It should also be noted that for a number of years the American Philatelic Congress has been giving a philatelic award that is accompanied by the latest issue of their annual Congress Book.

APRL librarian at PIPEX

How to ResearchI will be in Portland, Oregon next week for PIPEX and the WE Festival.

I’ll be staffing an APS booth at the show, so if you are going, stop by and say hello! I’ll have copies of the latest issue of the Philatelic Literature Review, plans for the new library, digital books for sale, and all the usual APS goodies.

As part of the WE Festival, I’ll give a presentation on “How to Research” at 1pm on Friday. It’s open to the public.

Presentations from the Postal History Symposium online

Symposium attendees
Symposium attendees talk between sessions

The Sixth Annual Postal History Symposium presentations are now online, in case you missed the symposium or want to revisit any of the presenters’ slides.

The Symposium brought together collectors and academics, and the presentations brought many different perspectives to the theme of “How Commerce and Industry Shaped the Mails” – from the early days of postal history to the the current state of the USPS, which David Hochfelder addressed in his keynote.

In between talks, attendees used APS services (including the Library, Sales, and Expertizing), toured the American Philatelic Center, and visited the exhibits and dealer bourse hosted by the United States Stamp Society.

Words from the West: Arizona Stories and Stamps

The Arizona Capitol Museum in collaboration with The Peggy Slusser Memorial Philatelic Library of the Postal History Foundation is having a grand opening of a new exhibit titled “Words from the West: Arizona Stories and Stamps” today at the State Capitol in Phoenix Arizona.  The exhibit will on display through the Spring of 2012 and will be a part of Arizona’s State Centennial celebration. Arizona achieved statehood on February 14, 1912.  A press release gives more details about the exhibit. The Slusser Library and the Postal History Foundation have been involved in the creation of several online digital collections related to Arizona postal history in conjunction with the Arizona Memory Project of the Arizona State Library, Archives, and Records Division.