The William J. Waldron Jr. Collection of Postage Stamps
Scott Austria 127 10k blue, bister, and deep brown (1908)
The Waldron Collection, donated to the University Libraries by Mrs. Ann Waldron in 1998, comprises over 175,000 different postage stamps from all parts of the world, 1840-1997. The collection includes extensive worldwide holdings in 43 volumes on Scott International pages; most stamp-issuing entities recognized by Scott are well represented.
Also included are a number of more comprehensive national collections on Scott Specialty pages. Among these are:
- Australia and Dependencies
- Austria (2 vols.)
- France (2 vols.)
- Germany (3 vols.)
- Great Britain (2 vols.)
- Italian Colonies
- Vatican City
Other specialized material includes Israel; United States plate blocks; two topical collections treating religious figures on stamps and Americans on foreign stamps, and studies of nineteenth century Great Britain by plate location.
Irish Republican Army 2d green (1922)
(Details in the online exhibit)
This extensive collection of Irish philatelic items includes early postal history, forerunners, overprints, and the issues of the Republic of Ireland since 1922. The collection was donated in 1991 by Dr. Charles Wolf of Detroit, Michigan, who continues to add to it.
An online exhibit of selected items from the Wolf Collection was initiated in September 1999. The exhibit currently contains illustrated catalogs of: 1) the forerunners (political labels printed prior to the establishment of the modern independent Irish state), and 2) the overprint issues of 1922-35.
Oscar Paul Larson Jr. Philatelic Collection
The Larson Collection came to the University Libraries in 2002, a gift of the collector Oscar Paul Larson Jr., '44, of Indianapolis, Indiana. It is most notable for its extensive collections of first day covers and related items from the United States (1928-2001, in 38 volumes) and the United Nations (1951-2001, in 16 volumes).
The Larson Collection also includes 29 volumes of worldwide stamps on Scott International pages; a nine-volume collection of United States plate blocks; and specialized collections of stamps from the following:
- United States (6 vols.)
- United Nations (4 vols.)
- Canada (3 vols.)
- Hungary (2 vols.)
- Israel (2 vols.)