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Library Postcards

Collecting picture postcards of libraries is one of the most common and most popular librariana collecting areas. With the assistance of Norman D. Stevens I have compiled a list of people who have previously collected library postcardsI also maintain a list of active library postcard collectors and collectionsIf you are interested in being included on the active list or know of previous library postcard collectors contact me at  Links to library postcard collections on the Internet and to some postcard collecting resources are provided below. 

The Library Postcard site of Judy Aulik

This is a great library postcard site which is expanding. I'm envious.

The Library Postcard site of Sharon McQueen and Richard Douglas

This is a sophisticated site with great ambitions.  Contributions in the form of library postcards or money is being solicited to support the site.  Contact Richard Douglas to contribute.  You can also mail contributions to Postcards, 1101 Moline Street, Stoughton, WI 53589.

Library Postcard Blog of Mark Jackson

The Booth Library Postcard Collection (Eastern Illinois University)

Library Postcard Blog of Joachim Hassel of Halle (Saale), Germany

American Library Association Library War Service Postcards

Library History Buff Blog - Posts with library postcards

Library Postcards at the American Library Association Archives

Library Postcard Collection of Sjoerd Koopman (This collection is located at the ALA Archives site above)
Koopman gave the presentation "Libraries on postcards: historical trends, modern applications and potential" at IFLA 2008. A link to his presentation is below.

Library Postcard Collection of J. Stewart Roberts Associates - Architects

Library postcard group on Flickr established by Elizabeth Thomsen

Bookmobile postcards and photos group on Flickr established by Benjamin Clark

Library Postcards on the Wisconsin Library Heritage Center Website

The Detroit Publishing Co. Collection at the Library of Congress

Search using the word "library".

Postcard images provided by Bernadette A. Lear on the Libraries & the Cultural Record website
Lear wrote the article "Wishing They Were There: Old Postcards and Library History" for the 2008 Vol. 43, No. 1 issue of Libraries & the Cultural Record.

Postcard Collecting Resources

Jack D. Mount's Postcard Resources Site

The San Francisco Bay Area Postcard Club site.

Metropolitan Postcard Club of New York City

The Postcard Listserv

This listserv is the oldest postcard listserv on the Internet.  It was originally established by Dan Lester and was located at Boise State University for many years.  It is now located at the University of Indiana.

A list of active library postcard collectors and collections.

A list of former library postcard collectors and collections compiled by Norman D. Stevens.



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