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Creator:
National Museum of American History (U.S.) National Philatelic Collection  Search this
Subject:
Scheele, Carl H  Search this
Norby, Reidar  Search this
Collins, Herbert Ridgeway 1932-  Search this
Tillotson, Robert G  Search this
Turner, George T  Search this
Leavy, Joseph Britton 1872-1921  Search this
Manning, Catherine L  Search this
Bruns, Franklin R. Jr  Search this
McCall, Francis J  Search this
Howland, Richard Hubbard  Search this
National Postal Museum (U.S.)  Search this
United States National Museum Division of History Section of Philately  Search this
United States National Museum Division of Philately  Search this
Museum of History and Technology (U.S.) Division of Philately and Postal History  Search this
National Museum of History and Technology Division of Postal History  Search this
National Museum of American History (U.S.) National Philatelic Collection  Search this
Museum of History and Technology (U.S.) Department of Civil History  Search this
National Museum of History and Technology (U.S.) Department of National History  Search this
National Museum of History and Technology (U.S.) Department of Applied Arts  Search this
Type:
Mixed archival materials
Date:
1913
1913-1990
Category:
Agency History
Notes:
This is an agency history. It does not describe actual records. The Smithsonian Institution Archives uses these histories as brief accounts of the origin, development, and functions of an office or administrative unit to set that unit in its historical context. To find information on record holdings, please double-click the highlighted field "Creator/Author", which will open on a brief view of relevant records.
Guide to the Smithsonian Archives, 1996
Annual Report of the Smithsonian Institution, 1946-1948
While the Smithsonian acquired elements of a philately collection in the nineteenth century, systematic work began with the appointment of Joseph Britton Leavy as Philatelist in 1913.
Until 1947 the Philatelist was a staff member of the Division of History. In 1947 a Section of Philately was created and then upgraded to a division in 1949. In 1957, the Division was renamed Philately and Postal History (changing again to Postal History in 1969). It was affiliated with the Departments of Civil History, 1957-1968, Applied Arts, 1969-1977, and National History, 1978-1979, as a result of museum reorganizations. In 1980, the Division was organized as the National Philatelic Collection in the National Museum of American History, reporting to the Director. In 1990, the National Philatelic Collection became the National Postal Museum, an independent entity, in consequence of an agreement between the Smithsonian Institution and the United States Postal Service.
Curators and staff included Joseph Britton Leavy, Philatelist, 1913-1921; Catherine L. Manning, Philatelist, 1921-1943, Assistant Curator of Philately, 1944-1951; Franklin R. Bruns, Jr., Assistant Curator of Philately, 1951, Associate Curator in charge, 1952-1957, Associate Curator, 1971-1977, and Supervisor, 1978-1979; Francis J. McCall, Assistant Curator of Philately, 1957, Acting Curator, 1958, Associate Curator, 1959-1963; George T. Turner, Acting Curator of Philately, 1959-196 Associate Curator, 1962; Richard Hubbard Howland, Acting Curator of Philately, 1962-1963; Carl H. Scheele, Assistant Curator of Philately, 1960-1963, Acting Curator, 1964-1968, Associate Curator, 1969, Curator in charge, 1970-1977; Reidar Norby, Assistant Curator of Philately, 1969, Associate Curator, 1970-1983, Curator, 1984-1988; Robert G. Tillotson, Executive Director of the National Philatelic Collection, 1980-1982; Herbert Ridgeway Collins, Executive Director of the National Philatelic Collection, 1982-1990.
For a history of the larger creating unit, refer to "Forms part of " above.
Repository Loc.:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Capital Gallery, Suite 3000, MRC 507; 600 Maryland Avenue, SW; Washington, DC 20024-2520
Topic:
Stamp collecting  Search this
Postal museums  Search this
Local number:
SIA AH00242
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
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