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Warshaw Collection of Business Americana Subject Categories: Philately, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution
Funding for partial processing of the collection was supported by a grant from the Smithsonian Institution's Collections Care and Preservation Fund (CCPF).
27 Volumes (approximately 6,900 p.; 1 index v., 29 cm. +)
The collection consists chiefly of hand-written notes made by Southgate on a wide range of postal history topics and related matters, generally on lined or graph paper measuring 25 x 15 cm. or smaller, for keeping in triple-post binders. Some of the notes were made in "Lefax" or other commercially-available notebooks. The collection includes numerous mounted newsclippings, brochures, and excerpted articles from philatelic journals, as well as statistical data, advertisements, copies of correspondence, and diagrams made by Southgate to illustrate plate variations, etc.
Hugh McLellan Southgate (b. Sept. 3, 1871; d. Oct. 23, 1940), a resident of Chevy Chase, Maryland, was an important postage stamp collector and an active member of several philatelic societies. He was a founder and the first president of the Philatelic Plate Number Association (1926-1928), as well as the first president and chairman of the board (1930-1940) of its successor, the Bureau Issues Association (now the United States Stamp Society). He was also an authority on the printing of stamps by the United States Bureau of Engraving and Printing.
Each leaf containing data has been photocopied from the original notebooks, with the exception of v. 5, which consists entirely of a printed checklist of Bureau of Engraving and Printing precancels and Presidential series for 1938-1940 (an index sheet noting the contents of v. 5 is present, only).
The presence of blank leaves in the original notebooks is noted in the index sheets and the finding aid.
The volumes are numbered 1 through 26, plus a miscellaneous compilation labelled "vol. xl" (or "HMS notebook prelim. no. 1" by G.W. Brett). There is also a separate index volume containing copies of all the index sheets that Brett created to serve as tables of contents for each volume in the collection.
Smithsonian Institution. Office of Exhibits Central Search this
4 cu. ft. (4 record storage boxes)
This accession consists of records documenting exhibitions and other projects produced by the Office of Exhibits Central for other museums and units. Included in this
accession are exhibitions and projects produced for the Smithsonian Institution, Keeper of the Castle; the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum; the Smithsonian Institution,
Office of Design and Construction; the Smithsonian Institution, International Center, including the exhibitions Pre-Hispanic Foods of Mexico and Elmina Castle Across
the Centuries; the Smithsonian Institution Archives; the Smithsonian Center for Materials Research and Education, including the exhibition Santos: Substance and Soul;
the Smithsonian Early Enrichment Center; the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, including the exhibition, Vanishing Amphibians; the Smithsonian Institution Women's
Council; Smithsonian Associates, including the traveling exhibition Artrain: Art in Celebration!; the Smithsonian Institution, Office of Telecommunications; the Smithsonian
Institution, Office of the Under Secretary; the National Postal Museum, including the exhibitions Artistic License: The Duck Stamp Story and Roots of Rhythm: African
American Musicians on Postage Stamp Art; the National Zoological Park; the Center for African American History and Culture; the Smithsonian Institution Visitor Information
and Associates' Reception Center; Reading is Fundamental, inc.; the United States Department of State; and the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service, including
the exhibitions Burgess Shale: Evolution's Big Bang and Yesterday's Tomorrows: Past Visions of the American Future. Materials include scripts, label text, correspondence,
memoranda, notes, concept outlines, budgets, design files, pamphlets, architectural drawings, floor plans, concept drawings, images, brochures, clippings, and related materials.
Some materials are in electronic format.
This accession consists of records documenting the National Postal Museum's Office of Public Affairs from 1990-2008. Topics include the United States Postal Service
Duck Stamp release; Langston Hughes; and Owney. Materials include events photographs, negatives and transparencies; exhibition files; press releases; clippings; correspondence;
marketing videotapes; promotional presentation and related materials. Some materials are in electronic format.