Caring for your personal library

The APRL binds many of its journals to protect them

Since coming to the APRL, I’ve learned that many philatelists have extensive personal libraries. Here are a few tips for storing your literature collection as safely as your stamp collection:

  • The ideal environment for books and documents is free of dust and pollutants, not exposed to sunlight or bright artificial light, and has moderate temperature and humidity.
  • Avoid storing your library in an attic or basement if possible. These spaces are often prone to excessive heat and moisture.
  • Avoid storing books in spaces exposed to direct sunlight or bright light.
  • Store unbound documents and newspapers flat in boxes.
  • Binding can help preserve journals or loose manuscripts, especially if they will be used frequently.
  • Store clippings and other small items unfolded in folders.
  • Avoid excessive handling of fragile books and documents.

Continue reading “Caring for your personal library”

Thomas Hale Collection of Civil War Patriotic Envelopes

Illustration from one of the patriotic envelopes

Paul Nelson of the Postal History Foundation of Tucson, Arizona has contacted me in regard to an extraordinary donation of patriotic envelopes to the Foundation. It has received the Thomas Hale Collection of Civil War Patriotic Envelopes which consists of approximately 2000 different historic and colorful pieces of stationery. According to Paul, all are unused envelopes and most are from the Union states, although there are a few with Confederate designs. He indicates that the  freshness and brightness of this group of patriotic envelopes is unusual. The collection has  been stored for years in a family trunk. Many of the covers are hand colored and all are essentially in mint condition. The covers have been organized in the Foundation’s library based on the categories that were published in The Catalog of Union Civil War Patriotic Covers, by William R. Weiss (1995).

With 2011 being celebrated as the 150th anniversary of the beginning of the Civil War, and with the recent release of a new book, Patriotic Envelopes of the Civil War: The Iconography of Union and Confederate Covers by Steven R. Boyd, the subject matter of the Thomas Hale Collection should be of interest to many historians and philatelists. The Thomas Hale Collection of Civil War Patriotic Envelopes is available for study by appointment. Contact the librarian, Charlotte Cushman, at the Peggy Slusser Memorial Philatelic Library, at the Postal History Foundation, 920 North First Avenue, Tucson, AZ 85719. The phone, email addresses, and other information may be found on the Foundation’s website.

New books at the APRL, December 2010

Postcards from the Holy LandAizenberg, Salo. Postcards from the Holy land: a pictorial history of the Ottoman Era, 1880-1918 (Shaker Heights, OH: Society of Israel Philatelists, 2010): 385 p. : col. ill., maps ; 29 cm.

Beauregard, Gerard de & H. de Gorsse. The stamp king (London: Stanley Gibbons, c2010): v, 119 p. : ill. ; 24 cm. [Call No. HE6184 .L776 B383s 2010]

Bechtold, Gunter, Udo Fleiner, & Rolf Tworek. Gebrauchte Inflationsmarken – echt oder falsch? ([Berlin]: Verein der Deutschlandsammler e.V., INFLA Berlin, c2008): 86 p. : col. ill. ; 21 cm. [Call No. G6081 .I43 I43 no.48]

Burns, Ronald A. A type written transcription of the U.S. Post Office Dept. Stamp Bill Book numbers for the Issue of 1870 Ordinaries, 1870-1879. Part One. The National & Continental Issues (Shelbyville, IN: Ronald A. Burns, [2010?]): 71 p. : ill., facsims. ; 28 cm. [Call No. G3701 .D313 B967t pt.1 2010]

Burns, Ronald A. Selected records from the files of the 3rd Assistant Postmaster General, 1869-1907 [papers on the large Bank Note period of 1870-1890] (Shelbyville, IN: Ronald A. Burns, [2006]): 111 p. : facsims. ; 28 cm. [Call No. HE6340 .B967s 2006]

Continue reading “New books at the APRL, December 2010”

RMPL Reviews Past Year's Accomplishments

 

RMPL's two buildings with new garden in foreground

The  Rocky Mountain Philatelic Library (RMPL) celebrated the one year anniversary of its purchase of an adjacent building for expansion on December 4. A press release issued by RMPL looks back over this past year and chronicles many of the library’s accomplishments.  Significant strides were made in the renovation of the newly acquired building almost all of which was accomplished by volunteers. Immediately after purchase the additional space was being utilized for a wide variety of philatelic meetings and events. The new space has enabled the library to make its collection of around 10,000 books and 1,100 periodical titles much more accessible. The acquisition of the new building included outside space which has been transformed into an attractive garden area by volunteer help. Besides the many hours worked by volunteers to remodel and update the new building, the RMPL also has initiated an adult education program in affiliation with Denver University titled World History Through Stamps.  This is an 8-week program presented by RMPL members, that began in September 2010, and is being repeated for the 2011 Winter and Spring semesters. I reported earlier on the library’s publication of Mexico’s Denver Printing of 1914 by Ron Mitchell.  The membership of the library has grown to over 500. The RMPL’s newly revamped website includes more information and photos about the library and its expansion.

Return your books using Delivery Confirmation

Delivery confirmationWhen you borrow books from the APRL by mail, you can now return them using Delivery Confirmation instead of the more expensive Signature Confirmation.

We will still ship your books to you using Signature Confirmation, but will now enclose a green Delivery Confirmation form for your return. We will still be able to track return shipments, and can be sure they are delivered back to the library since all packages are received in the APS mailroom.

If your package contains only library books being returned to the APRL, you can use Library Mail or Media Mail.

Embroidered Christmas postcards

Christmas GreetingsImagine spending an entire day’s wages on a postcard. During WWI, some soldiers did just that.

The Canadian War Museum has a collection of embroidered postcards sent by soldiers during WWI. In a new article, the museum’s Research Centre highlights a few Christmas postcards from its collection.

If you are interested in studying postcards, the following book would be a good starting point. It includes library and archives collections as well as a bibliography of books about postcards:

  • Postcards in the library : invaluable visual resources / Stevens, Norman D. — New York ; London: Haworth Press, c1995. (Book) HE6184 .P839 P857 1995

The APRL has many more books and catalogs to assist the postcard collector.  Go to our Online Catalogue and search for “post cards” in the Subject field and “book” to the Record Type field. You can also add a keyword (for example, a country or topic) to the Any Word field to narrow your search.

Welcome Neil Coker to the APRL

Neil CokerNeil Coker joined the staff of the APRL today as our new Reference Assistant.

Prior to coming to Bellefonte, Neil lived in St. Louis and worked for Regency-Superior as an auction manager and lot describer. In addition to his philatelic knowledge, Neil has a degree in geography and Soviet studies, and experience maintaining a reference library.

Neil will provide reference assistance, copies or scans of articles, and book loans.

The APRL gives thanks

APRL donation
In 2006, the APRL received a large donation from Apfelbaum.

Yesterday I talked to a group of Girl Scouts about library collections. One of the things they wanted to know was how libraries get their books and how librarians decide which books to add to the collection.

Some libraries buy books, I told them, but here at the APRL we rely primarily on donations to grow our collection. Almost every day, boxes of books, journals, manuscripts, and research files arrive at the APRL.  Library staff open these gifts, and add those that are appropriate for our collection to the catalog so that members can use them. Each issue of the Philatelic Literature Review includes a list of new arrivals, as well as a list of the generous individuals and companies who donated material to the Library.

We can’t add every item we receive to the collection. Some are duplicates and some are simply out of the scope of our collection. We offer these items for sale, with the proceeds benefiting the Library. Each issue of the PLR also includes a “Literature Clearinghouse” section where the APRL lists new items for sale. (Members also use this section to list literature for sale and literature wanted to buy.)

We also receive monetary donations to purchase books, microfilm, equipment, and furniture.

So, on the day before Thanksgiving here in the U.S., the APRL says “Thank you” to all of our generous benefactors.

If you are interested in donating materials or money to the APRL, please contact us to discuss your donation.

The American Philatelic Research Library is a public library under Pennsylvania law and an authorized tax-exempt, nonprofit institution under Section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code. Any donations may be tax deductible under prevailing IRS code specifications.

New Jersey Postal History

The New Jersey Postal History Society has launched what it is calling the NJPHS Free Library. The “Free Library” consists of 35 years of digitized issues of the New Jersey History Society Journal. All but the last five years of the Journal are available freely to non-members as well as members.  The digitized issues are available in searchable pdf format. The Literature and Publications page on their website includes other useful publications about New Jersey postal history. All of these publications are for sale to non-members. Some of the items are available for free download by members.  The Galleries portion of their website includes a digital gallery of New Jersey Illustrated Letter Sheets and a gallery showing digital images of New Jersey Post Offices. Thanks to the NJPHS for making this excellent website about New Jersey Postal History available to the broader philatelic community.

Rabbis on Stamps

The Jewish World in StampsRecently, a library patron sent me a link to Rabbis on Stamps, a collection of images from the Leiman Library, a private collection of Judaica. This is a great resource for topical collectors from a non-philatelic source.

The Leiman Library’s home page gives an introduction to the Rabbis on Stamps collection.

Library patrons who search the APRL Online Catalog for “Judaica” will now find this online resource listed, in addition to books and journal articles.

The APRL has several books mentioned in the Rabbis on Stamps introduction: Continue reading “Rabbis on Stamps”