* Call for Papers

The Winton M. Blount Symposium on Postal History

November 3-4, 2006 National Postal Museum, Smithsonian Institution Washington, DC CFP Deadline: July 1, 2006

Sponsored by National Postal Museum, Smithsonian Institution American Philatelic Research Library/American Philatelic Society

What is postal history?

Rarely do scholars of postal organizations and systems meet and discuss their ideas and research with scholars of philately. In an attempt to bridge this gap, the National Postal Museum and the American Philatelic Society will host a national conference to bring together these two research groups.

The Winton M. Blount Symposium gathers together scholars, philatelists, and the interested public for a conference at the National Postal Museum. The conference aims to integrate philately and the history of postal operations within the broader context of American history. This conference will promote research, increase public awareness, and bring national visibility to resident scholars, libraries, and resources.

The conference will open Friday evening with a reception and plenary panel discussion on the topic “What is postal history?” Invited speakers include Michael Laurence, editor, Classics Chronicle; Richard R. John, professor, University of Illinois at Chicago; John Willis, historian, Canadian Postal Museum; and Maynard H. Benjamin, president and CEO, Envelope Manufacturers Association.

Possible themes to address:

Challenges of communication on the frontier Transportation and the mail Rates, routes, and regulation Communication and the Information Age The technology of moving the mail

Deadline for proposals: July 1, 2006

Both individual papers and panel proposals will be considered. Proposals should be no more than one page long and be accompanied by a one page cv.

Please email complete proposals to Allison Marsh [email protected]

Notification of accepted papers will be made in mid-August Conference papers will be posted on NPM’s website and will be considered for possible publication.

Conference co-chairs: Cheryl R. Ganz, Allison Marsh, and David L. Straight