The Smithsonians National Postal Museum announces the launch of the Global Philatelic Library
website, a centralized information gateway to the worlds 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 destinationa responsive centralized gatewayby 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 philatelic research.
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.
All involved with this project should be congratulated, said Alan Holyoake, internationally known philatelist. The introduction of a centralized gateway must be one of the most important developments ever to have taken place within the philatelic world. I fully expect this centralized gateway to rapidly allow philatelists from around the world to not only enhance their knowledge but also establish relationships and friendships with others around the globe.