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Collecting History: 125 Years of the National Philatelic Collection




General Histories of the Collection:

Carr, Timothy. “Smithsonian was Prepared for Air Raids.” Philatelic Literature Review, 2d ser., 45:2 (Second Quarter 1996), pp. 102-104.

Collins, Herbert R. “The National Philatelic Collection: A Century of Collecting, 1886-1986.” American Philatelist 100:5 (May 1986), pp. 430-432.

Rivinus, E[dward] F. “Spencer Fullerton Baird: The Collector of Collectors.” American Philatelist 103:11 (November 1989), pp. 1061-1065.


More Information About Selected Items in the Exhibit:

Ackerman Collection of U.S. Proofs and Essays

Bierman, Stanley M. “The Smithsonian Bequest of Senator Ernest Ackerman.” Essay-Proof Journal 35:3 (Summer 1978), pp. 103-109.

Ahmanson Collection of Canada and Provinces

Argenti, Nicholas. "New Brunswick: Five Cents Connell," Chap. 20 in The Postage Stamps of New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. London: Royal Philatelic Society, 1962. pp. 137-152.

Dalwick, R.E.R. and Cyril H. Harmer. Newfoundland Air Mails: With Additional Notes. London: H.R. Harmer, 1953.


Verge, Charles J.G. “National Postal Museum Houses British North America Philatelic Treasures.” Scott Stamp Monthly 26:4 (April 2008), pp. 30-34.

Allan Lee Collection of Maps on Stamps


Lera, Thomas and Miklos Pinther. “Allan Lee’s Collection of ‘Maps on Stamps’ Finding Guide.” Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian National Postal Museum, 2010. //


Eagle Collection of U.S. Proofs and Essays

Bierman, Stanley M. “Clarence H. Eagle: No More Buffalos [sic].” Chronicle 38:4 (November 1986), pp. 234-239.


Lera, Thomas.  “Father Mathew: Temperance Reformer.” Collectors Club Philatelist 89:2 (March-April 2010), pp. 109-111.

Lady McLeod Cover

Lera, Thomas. “In the National Postal Museum: The Lady McLeod Cover.” Collectors Club Philatelist 88:5 (September-October 2009), pp. 280-282.

Lee Collection of Egyptian Royal Imperforates

Lee, George L. Catalogue of the Royal Imperforate Printings of Egypt. Bernardsville, NJ: Published by the author, 1959.


Lera, Thomas, William R. Schultz, et al. “George L. Lee Collection of the Royal Imperforate Printings of Egyptian Stamps Finding Guide.” Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian National Postal Museum, 2010. //

Marijuana Tax Stamps

Lesher, Ronald. “Marihuana Tax Stamps: Behind the Mystery.” Scott Stamp Monthly 23:12 (December 2005), pp. 36-40, 97.

Shulgin, Alexander. “The 1937 Marijuana Tax Stamp: Grass is Greener in Philately.” American Philatelist 111:9 (September 1997), pp. 834-837.

Michel Collection of Postal Stationery

Michel, A[rthur] Eugene. Roving the Stamp World. Douglaston, NY: A. Eugene Michel, 1933.

Overrun Countries Die Proofs

Kloetzel, James E. “Proofs of Overrun Countries Stamps in National Postal Museum Archive.” Scott Stamp Monthly 27:12 (December 2009),pp. 12-14.

Lawrence, Ken. “U.S. Stamps that Went to War: The Overrun Countries of 1943 and 1944.” American Philatelist 112:1 (January 1998), pp. 48-74.

Panama-Pacific Die Proofs

Bruns, James H. “The Scarcity of Panama-Pacific Proofs.” U.S. Specialist 59:7 (July 1988), pp. 701-706.

Peyton Collection of Peru

Wooster, Charles C. and Thomas M. Lera. “Peyton Collection of Peru.” London Philatelist 118:1370 (November 2009), pp. 339-350.

UPU Specimen Stamps

Bendon, James. UPU Specimen Stamps: The Distribution of Specimen Stamps by the International Bureau of the Universal Postal Union. James Negus, ed. Limassol, Cyprus: James Bendon, 1988.

Samuel, Marcus. Specimen Stamps of the Crown Colonies, 1857-1948. London: Royal Philatelic Society, 1976.