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National Postal Museum Research & Scholarship Plan. Thomas Lera Winton M. Blount Research Chair Smithsonian National Postal Museum 12 August 2010. Research & Scholarship Strategy . Fellows & Archives 2012 - 2013 +. Scholars and Researchers 2009 - 2013. Publishing 2010 - 2013. BRC.

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National Postal Museum Research & Scholarship Plan

Thomas Lera

Winton M. Blount Research Chair

Smithsonian National Postal Museum

12 August 2010


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Research & Scholarship Strategy

Fellows & Archives

2012 - 2013 +

Scholars and Researchers

2009 - 2013

Publishing

2010 - 2013

BRC

Symposia

2009 - 2013

Lectures

2009 - 2013

Foundation 2007 – 2008


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Research & Scholarship Resources

ARAGO Researchers (over 140 individuals)

Museum Advisory Council

Council of Philatelists

NPM Curators

Blount Research Chair

NPM Conservation, Collection and Education

APS, Philatelic and Postal History Societies, Individuals


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Smithsonian Research Bibliography 2009 Publication Count

Humanities

Science


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Foundation

2007 – 2008

Fellows & Archives

  • Research portal on NPM web site

  • Finding guides to museum and library collections

  • ARAGO Featured Collections and Objects

    • Research Equipment - VSC6000

Scholars and Researchers

Publishing

Lectures

Symposia

Foundation


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Research Equipment - VSC 6000

Nine different positions on the stamp sampled

Red Color wave lengths


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FY 2010 – Requested Research Equipment

Handheld Analytical X-ray System used for elemental analysis and materials research of inks and papers and for conservation / preservation.


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Symposia and Lectures

2009 – 2013

Fellows and Archives

Blount Postal History

Symposium

Maynard Sundman

Lecture Series

Potential Symposium with IAP in 2011

Scholars and Researchers

Publishing

Symposia

Lectures

Foundation


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Blount Postal History Symposium

  • “Stamps and the Mail: Imagery, Icons, & Identity”

    • September 30 – October 1, 2010 (Washington D.C.)

Charles Verge: The First Canada- U.S. Joint Issue:

The 1959 St. Lawrence Seaway Commemorative

and Its Famous Invert – September 19, 2010


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Publishing

2010 – 2013

Fellows and Archives

  • NPM journal contributions in History, Postal and Philatelic Studies published (51 in 2009)

  • Position and policy papers published as “White Papers” on the NPM Research Portal (12 from NPM Council Members)

  • Smithsonian Institution Press is publishing the “Winton M. Blount Postal History Symposia: Select Papers 2006 - 2009”

Publishing

Scholars and Researchers

Symposia

Lectures

Foundation


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Scholars and Researchers

2009 – 2013

Fellows and Archives

Six different scholarships

awarded annually to

academic scholars

and philatelic researchers

Scholars & Researchers

Publishing

Symposia

Lectures

Foundation


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NPM Annual Scholarship Program

  • National Postal Museum - $2,000

  • Confederate Stamp Alliance - $2,000

  • United States Stamp Society - $2,000

  • Washington 2006 - $1,500

  • NAPEX - $1,500

  • George Brett publication award - $500

    http://www.postalmuseum.si.edu/Scholarships/index.html


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Scholarships and Research Awards in 2009 & 2010

  • Ms. Karen Jenks from the University of California, Irvine for her research project on “The Pacific Mail Steamship Company.”

  • Ms. Rachel Moore, Clemson University for “Getting papers from the Brazoo: Postmasters and postal workers in Charleston, New Orleans and Veracruz and the spread of news of the Mexican-American War.”

  • Mr. David Herendeen, FRPSL, for “A Colormetric Analysis Methodology for Philatelic Studies.”

  • The NPM / NAPEX scholarship was awarded to Ryan Ellis University of California, San Diego for “Disinfection Mail: Disease, Panic and the Post Office in Late 19th Century America.”

  • 2010 Scholarship - The NPM / Washington 2006 scholarship was awarded to Diane DeBlois, Robert Harris and Kristina Wilson for “Spectral Analysis and comparison of Josef Albers’s Interaction of Color and the Presidential Series of U.S. Postage Stamps”


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  • SMITHSONIAN NATIONAL POSTAL MUSEUM SCHOLARSHIPS APPLICATION

  • Name: ________________________________________________________________________

  • Address: ______________________________________________________________________

  • Email: ________________________________________________________________________

  • Phone: _______________________________________________________________________

  • Title of project _________________________________________________________________

  • Major (if applicable): ____________________________________________________________

  • Location(s) of research: __________________________________________________________

  • Amount of scholarship requested (maximum stipend for 4 weeks = $2,000): ________________

  • Scholarship Applied for:

  • National Postal Museum (NPM) (up to $2,000)_____

  • NPM and NAPEX (up to $1,500)_____

  • NPM and Confederate Stamp Alliance (up to $2,000)_____

  • NPM and United States Stamp Society (up to $2,000)_____

  • NPM and Washington 2006 (up to $1,500)_____

  • George W. Brett for publication support (up to $500)_____

  • On the next page write a short description of your proposed research, which should be approved by your faculty mentor (if applicable). You may also wish to include supporting papers or reports. If you are requesting money for supplies, travels, or other needs, submit a budget detailing how the money will be spent.

  •  Also please submit a resume and list of publications and/or Curriculum Vitae.

  • ___________________________________________________ ________________________

  • Signature Date


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Fellows & Archives

2012 – 2013+

  • As program grows, move to adding SI Fellows and an endowed fellowship

  • Acquiring and preserving documentary materials for public and curatorial use — under one roof

  • Collecting and preserving original materials

  • Begin by exploring transfer of archival materials from NPM library and collections dept.

    • Third Assistant PMG files

    • RMS, AMS

    • Melville, Brett, Canal Zone, Manning, Travers Papers

Fellows and Archives

Scholars and Researchers

Publishing

Symposia

Lectures

Foundation


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New Equipment – VSC 6000

  • Spectral Comparator

  • 14 Different Light Sources

    • Image comparison (side by side, overlaid, subtracted, strobing)

    • Image measurement – calibrated (areas, length, angles)

    • Image reversal (mirror) and rotation


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Research Equipment – VSC 6000

Measurements

Watermarks, Grills, Comparisons


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Research Equipment – VSC 6000


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Research Equipment – VSC 6000


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