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Volume 42: War Covers, 1915 April 3-1945 September 16
Collection Description & Creator Information
- Scope and Contents
Countries represented in this volume include: U.S., Australia, Ireland, Iran, Algeria, Spain, Finland, Poland, England, India, France, Bermuda, Canada, etc.
Topics of (cover) items include: British-censored mail by Royal Air Force and Navy, mail from prisoners of war around the world, Dachau stamps, war propaganda leaflet dropped by British on German and Italian soil, Canadian camps, wartime mail, and war issue stamps, etc.
Tower's original volume numbers start at 15 and go up to 72, with 3 miscellaneous volumes at the end. Items were removed from the volume if they constituted correspondence (letters, documents, postcards, etc.) or displayed significant postal marks or seals illustrative of postal history or the franking signatures of notable persons. Removed items are housed in folders, which are arranged in each box chronologically by date and by ascending volume number in 8 archival boxes (boxes numbered 1-8). Tower's original volumes containing his typed, annotated pages and the remaining (unremoved) items are in 10 record center carton boxes numbered 9-18.
The decision was made to remove the letters and documents, the majority of which were folded up on the pages of the volumes, in order to preserve them for the long term. In general, items were not removed from the volume if they were unused envelopes, addressed covers without associated correspondence, postage or commemorative stamps, or other philatelic memorabilia. Tower's captions, which he researched and typed onto the pages of the volumes, were often lifted, in whole or in part, and incorporated into the box and folder list descriptions of this finding aid.
- Processing Information
This collection was processed by Sylvia Yu in 2003. Finding aid written by Sylvia Yu in 2003.
Collection title updated by Faith Charlton in 2022 to provide more specificity.
In 2022, restrictions on original material where researchers were required to use a surrogate were lifted as part of a restrictions review project.
Access & Use
- Conditions Governing Access
Collection is open for research use.
- Conditions Governing Use
Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. No further photoduplication of copies of material in the collection can be made when Princeton University Library does not own the original. Inquiries regarding publishing material from the collection should be directed to RBSC Public Services staff through the Ask Us! form. The library has no information on the status of literary rights in the collection and researchers are responsible for determining any questions of copyright.
- Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements
For preservation reasons, original analog and digital media may not be read or played back in the reading room. Users may visually inspect physical media but may not remove it from its enclosure. All analog audiovisual media must be digitized to preservation-quality standards prior to use. Audiovisual digitization requests are processed by an approved third-party vendor. Please note, the transfer time required can be as little as several weeks to as long as several months and there may be financial costs associated with the process. Requests should be directed through the Ask Us Form.
- Credit this material:
Volume 42: War Covers; William H. Tower Philatelic Collection, C0911, Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library
- Firestone LibraryOne Washington RoadPrinceton, NJ 08544, USA
- Storage Note:
- Firestone Library (mss): Box 6
- Separated Materials
A Babylonian baked clay tablet letter enclosed in a partially broken envelope case (circa 2200 B.C.), from Drehem, Mesopotamia, is stored separately from the rest of the collection, and therefore its date is not included in this range of collection dates. The letter, in cuneiform characters, is the larger of the two pieces, and has to do with grain which was given out for seed by the priests of the temple.
- Greely, A.W. (Adolphus Washington), 1844-1935