Southern Methodist University Philatelic Center records
A Guide to the Collection
Conceived in the fall of 1971 and created the following spring, the Southern Methodist University Philatelic Center grew out of an informal stamp collecting course taught at SMU by Dallas businessman Harold Wineburgh in 1970 and 1971. Other key members were Dr. Keith Baker, Eugene K Sanger, Jack Whitehurst and Si Kahn. The Center’s purpose was to create a gathering place for regional stamp collectors’ stamp collections and philatelic books; to sponsor workshops in stamp collecting at SMU; assist local stamp clubs; and serve as a vehicle for tax-deductible donations of money or philatelic materials for the furtherance of philately in the region.
The organization quickly grew to about one hundred members and began to plan for annual symposia, the first of which was held in February 1973. The Center’s Executive Committee also petitioned Fondren Library for a secured space in the Erin Bain Jones library room dedicated to philatelic materials gathered by the Center. Although the organization’s beginnings were promising, by 1975 local interest in the Center had waned and several key members of the executive committee had retired from the club. Therefore, the Center disbanded itself on May 24, 1976 and transferred its funds to SMU’s unrestricted endowment account.
This collection contains the records created and collected by the Southern Methodist University Philatelic Center from 1971 to 1976. The collection is in one box (22 Folders).
Materials in this collection include correspondence, executive committee meeting minutes, memos, notes, newspaper and magazine articles and financial reports. Overall, the collection is in good condition, but several news clippings, memos and documents have become brittle.
Access to Collection:
Collection is open for research use.
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SMU Philatelic Center records, Southern Methodist University Archives, DeGolyer Library, Southern Methodist University.
The materials were found in one box in decent order; the folders were all labeled, and an attempt had clearly been made to maintain the filing systems. During processing the folder label designations were preserved, and the contents of each folder were kept in original order. The collection was re-foldered, and the folders that comprise the series were rearranged chronologically and topically.
Doug Mann, 2011.
Ada Negraru, 2011.
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