National Postal Museum Announces Launch of
Centralized Gateway to World’s Greatest Philatelic Research
The Smithsonian’s National Postal Museum announces
the launch of the
GlobalPhilatelicLibrary.org website, a centralized information
gateway to the world’s greatest philatelic research. Founding partners
include the National Postal Museum and Smithsonian Libraries in
Washington, D.C., the Royal Philatelic Society London and the American
Philatelic Research Library in Bellefonte, Pa.
On Feb. 15, 1888, American Philatelic Association President John K.
Tiffany wrote to Edward Denny Bacon, secretary of the then Philatelic
Society London, regarding a joint indexing project. He said, “…I
consider the project as utterly impossible of any practical
execution...” One hundred and twenty-four years later the project has
become a reality.
This ambitious project has become a present-day reality thanks to the
inspiration and dedication of the founding partners. The website
establishes a single destination—a responsive centralized gateway—by
which philatelists around the world can search, locate and access
philatelic research from partner libraries in real time, from any
computer. Searchable listings of books and publications, as well as
resource locations and access, are now just a click away, providing
invaluable resources to those doing philatelic research.
• World-class collection of printed, electronic and
• Access and support for beginners, hobbyists, specialists, writers and
• International collaboration and cooperation with philatelic libraries
and museums around the world
• Anthology of fascinating, informative and sometimes even scandalous
articles written throughout the past century about philately and some of
the people involved in its history
“A large part of the philatelic information I have
acquired was discovered incidentally while searching for something
else,” said Thomas Lera, Winton M. Blount Research Chair at the National
Postal Museum. “ I hope other philatelists, scholars and
researchers will push open the doors of the new global philatelic
library to find the answers to their questions and uncover new ones in
the process as well.”
Other contributing philatelic research libraries
include The Collectors Club Library in New York, Greene Foundation
(Canada), Oslo Filatelistklubb Bibliotek (Norway), Philatelistische
Bibliothek Hamburg (Germany), Postal History Foundation in Tucson,
Ariz., Rocky Mountain Philatelic Library in Denver, National Philatelic
Society (United Kingdom) and Western Philatelic Library in Sunnyvale,
“All involved with this project should be
congratulated,” said Alan Holyoake, internationally known philatelist. “
The introduction of a centralized gateway must be one of the most
important developments ever to have taken place within the ‘philatelic’
world. I fully expect this centralized gateway to rapidly allow
philatelists from around the world to not only enhance their knowledge
but also establish relationships and friendships with others around the
Confederate Stamp Alliance and Smithsonian National Postal Museum
The Smithsonian National Postal Museum (NPM) and The Confederate
Stamp Alliance (CSA) are pleased to announce a scholarship for original
research and analysis relating to the design and/or printing of a
specific Confederate stamp issue(s), the Confederate Post Office
Department, or any aspect of Confederate postal history. The
scholarships are available to PhD’s, or doctoral candidates engaged in
dissertation research, advanced graduate students, and/or other
scholars. The awardee can
use the funds to spend an uninterrupted block of time doing research in
the NPM library, other Washington DC libraries, or libraries with
Confederate States archives on their projects.
Nearly 150 years after the Civil War, collectors of Confederate postal
history are still attempting to understand many of the unusual and
unique items that were used to convey mail during those difficult years.
The study, research and collecting of the Confederate general issue
stamps, Postmaster Provisional stamps from more than 55 southern cities,
hand-stamped rate markings from more than 770 southern cities,
manuscript markings, patriotic covers, express mail, prisoner-of-war
mail, blockade-run mail, and many other aspects of postal history have
captured the interest many. Research projects and collections have
focused on particular cities, particular stamps, particular markings,
general Confederate postal history, soldier's mail, prisoner-of-war
mail, and numerous other specialized and general areas of interests.
Although it is estimated that less than one-half of one percent of the
Confederate philatelic items (1 out of every 200) have survived for our
research, enjoyment and collecting
interests today, many spectacular items do exist and new finds are
continuing to be made.
The result of the research will be publication in
can be submitted any time during the year for this scholarship and
notification will be within a month after receiving the application. The
scholarship, for a sum of up to $2,000, will be a contribution towards
expenses including travel costs for a trip(s) to Washington DC or
library with Confederate States archives. Publication must occur within
a year after receiving the scholarship.
Applications should include:
an outline of the subject to
be studied, time frames for completion, and how it
relates to the applicant's previous philatelic or postal
intentions as to publication
of the results after completion of the study;
an accurate costing of the
trip(s), including places and organizations to be
visited and collection to research; and,
a short curriculum vitae
(including personal details, collecting interests,
previous publications and philatelic achievements).
In evaluating submissions, the NPM and
award committee will rely on the following criteria:
What is its significance for
our understanding of the history of postage stamps or
the postal system?
How original is its
argument? Is the
proposal well written?
How imaginative is its use
of primary sources (e.g., archival materials and
How do the NPM’s collection,
archives and/or library support the research?
The application should be sent or emailed to:
Winton M. Blount Chair in Research
2 Massachusetts Avenue NE
MRC 570 PO Box 37012
Washington DC 20013-7012
Links to Collector Resources
|Here are some quick links to
facts, articles, research and all sorts of information that relate
to Confederate philately.
- Library of Congress - http://loc.gov/ follow instructions for researchers
- U.S. National Archives and Records Administration
follow instructions for researchers
- Smithsonian National Postal
Museum Arago Project, a resource for the study of
philately and postal operations as seen through the national
collection. The Confederate section was edited by Trish Kaufmann
and Jerry Palazolo.
- The Resources of
Leonard Hartmann, Bibliopole -
Click to go to
Leonard's series of articles on the Lithographed Issues
and numerous other resources (as well as books for sale) relating
to many facets of Confederate philately. If you're looking for
books on our subject, this is the place.
- Soldiers & Sailors
System website is a cooperative project of the National
Archives and the National Park Service and puts Civil War
Service Records online.
- "In the Valley of
the Shadow" was created by the Virginia Center for Digital
History has history of Franklin County, Pennsylvania and Augusta
County, Virginia including newspaper articles, census data,
photographs, service records, diaries and much more.