¶ 1 Leave a comment on paragraph 1 0 My research drew heavily from undigitized philatelic sources (stamp records, philatelic papers, annual reports) at the Smithsonian National Postal Museum, federal records, and databases of popular periodicals and newspapers.
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- Primary sources: https://www.zotero.org/sheila/items/collectionKey/VC59BKW6
- Secondary Sources, including journal articles, books, pamphlets: https://www.zotero.org/sheila/items/collectionKey/76QGZMR2
- Select secondaries on postal history: https://www.zotero.org/sheila/items/collectionKey/TZJAU4DI
¶ 4 Leave a comment on paragraph 4 0 The design files kept in the National Postal Museum provide the official records kept by the USPOD regarding stamp requests, including correspondence, designs, and related press. These files are organized by the Scott International Catalog number. This means that files are organized by stamps that have been selected, not by subject. Rejected petitions are difficult to find, and often documents related to failed petitions were thrown away. Luckily, some failed attempts at stamps were grouped with successful stamps making those trails easier to discover.
Archives and Digital Repositories
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- American Philatelic Society Library, Bellefonte, PA
- Duke Digital Collections, Emergence of Advertising in America, 1850-1920. John W. Hartman Center for Sales, Advertising & Marketing History Duke University Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections Library, http://library.duke.edu/digitalcollections/eaa/
- HathiTrust, Digital Library, http://www.hathitrust.org/
- eBay,http://ebay.com: Philatelic items appear regularly on auctions, and are very good places to find sources. I snapshotted images and saved them to Zotero.
- Library of Congress, Washington, DC, and their extensive digital collections, http://www.loc.gov/library/libarch-digital.html
, including Chronicling America, http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/
- National Archives and Records Administration, Records of the Post Office Department, Washington, DC
- National Postal Museum, National Philatelic Collection and Library, Washington, DC
- National Postal Museum, Arago: People, Postage, and the Post, digital collections, http://arago.si.edu
- New York Public Library, Print Collection, digital collections, http://digitalgallery.nypl.org/nypldigital/index.cfm
- ProQuest Congressional Publications, http://congressional.proquest.com
- ProQuest Historical Newspapers Database, http://www.proquest.com/en-US/catalogs/databases/detail/pq-hist-news.shtml
- Smithsonian Institution Archives, Washington, DC
- United States Postal Service Library and Archives, Washington, DC
- Smithsonian Institution Collections Search Center, http://collections.si.edu/search/