COLLECTIONS

The national collection illustrates and invites research into United States philately and postal operations. It contains prestigious postal issues and specialized collections, archival postal documents and three-dimensional objects that trace the evolution of the postal services.

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Collection Highlights

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Collection History

Learn about the national philatelic and postal operations collection.

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Collection Projects

Collection Management staff work to document, research and protect the museum's collection objects.

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Preservation

The Preservation Office focuses on preservation of the Museum collection and loan objects.

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Collection Plan

A selective summary of philatelic and postal operations objects needed to strengthen the collection.

Object Loans

Get all the information that you will need to apply for a loan of collection objects from the Museum.

Object Donations

The Museum invites individual donors to continue to help us fill the gaps in the existing collection.

Smithsonian Institution Affiliates Program

Learn about the Smithsonian Affiliates program and the potential opportunities to borrow Smithsonian objects.

Collection Internships

Museum Internships are positive learning experiences.

Appointments to Research Objects

An appointment is necessary to research objects that are in storage.