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Institute of American Deltiology Postcard Collection


Institute of American Deltiology Postcard Collection
Institute of American Deltiology Postcard Collection
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approximately 104,000 items
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State of Maryland and Historical Collections
Special Collections, University of Maryland Libraries, Hornbake Library, College Park, MD 20742. Tel: 301-405-9212, Fax: 301-314-2709, Email:

The Institute of American Deltiology (IAD) is a non-profit established in Pennsylvania in 1993 by Donald Brown. The Institute was established to act as library, gallery and research center for the study of postcards and North American history and culture. The IAD collection is estimated to contain over one million postcards. The National Trust Library received this collection through a generous donation from Donald Brown. The Library currently holds approximately 104,000 cards from the collection, depicting localities in 36 states and territories, including the District of Columbia, Florida, Louisiana, Maryland, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia. The postcards are dated from the 1870s to the 2000s, with the bulk of the cards dated post 1939. The Library will continue to receive and make available to the public additional postcards from the collection in the upcoming years. Researchers may also want to consult a related postcard collection at the National Trust Library, the National Trust Library Historic Postcard Collection.

Important Information for Users of the Collection


This collection is open for research.

Preferred citation:

Institute of American Deltiology Postcard Collection, Special Collections, University of Maryland Libraries.

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Photocopies and digital copies of original materials may be provided for a fee and at the discretion of the curator. Please see our Duplication of Materials policy for more information. Queries regarding publication rights and copyright status of materials within this collection should be directed to the appropriate curator.

Alternate formats:

Digital copies of select postcards in this collection are available online in the University of Maryland's Digital Collections.


This collection is PROCESSED.A full finding aid is available.