Crawford Philatelic Library now available online - stamp news

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13 June 2016
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The major philatelic library built up by the 26th Earl of Crawford, which consists of over 1.3 million pages and represents around 95% of the world’s published philatelic knowledge at the time it was created, is now available online.

The major philatelic library built up by the 26th Earl of Crawford, which consists of over 1.3 million pages and represents around 95% of the world’s published philatelic knowledge at the time it was created, is now available online.

The online library, which can be accessed at Global Philatelic Library was officially launched during the World Stamp Show in New York by Frank Walton RDP FRPSL, President of The Royal Philatelic Society London.

As detailed in an exclusive article in the June issue of Stamp & Coin Mart, written by the curators of the British Library Philatelic Collections, the Crawford Philatelic Library was founded by the 26th Earl of Crawford (1847-1913), who left his magnificent philatelic library to the British nation after his death. It has been carefully kept and conserved ever since by the British Library in London, where it is available for researchers.

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A spokesperson said: ‘Thanks to creative thinking and IT development by staff at the British Library and volunteers from The Royal Philatelic Society London, a project to digitise every page of every volume is now well advanced. The work has been aided by funding from the British Library, the former British Philatelic Trust, the Philatelic Fund and The Royal Philatelic Society London.’

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