The Smithsonian's National Postal Museum announces the launch of the Global Philatelic Library 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
• World-class collection of printed, electronic and other media
• Access and support for beginners, hobbyists, specialists, writers and postal historians
• 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, Calif.