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MS Am 2599

Churchill, S. Garton. S. Garton Churchill papers on Churchill-Hoffman U.P.U. stamp collection, 1952-1953: Guide.

Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University


Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 USA

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Descriptive Summary

Location: Harvard Depository
Call No.: MS Am 2599
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Churchill, S. Garton.
Title: S. Garton Churchill papers on Churchill-Hoffman U.P.U. stamp collection,
Date(s): 1952-1953.
Quantity: 1 collection (.5 linear feet (1 box)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Appraisal documents and other papers concerning the U.P.U. stamp collection assembled by S. Garton Churchill and Lester L. Hoffman.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

52M-75 and 52M-79. Gift of S. Garton Churchill, 11 Broadway, New York, New York; received: 1952 October 29.
A few items were added to the collection by Churchill at a later date, but were not given new accession information.

Processing Information:

Processed by: Bonnie B. Salt

Conditions Governing Access:

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.
This collection is not housed at the Houghton Library but is shelved offsite at the Harvard Depository. Retrieval requires advance notice. Readers should check with Houghton Public Services staff to determine what material is offsite and retrieval policies and times.

Preferred Citation for Publication:

S. Garton Churchill Papers on Churchill-Hoffman U.P.U. Stamp Collection, 1952-1953 (MS Am 2599). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Related Materials

The 23 volume stamp collection is cataloged as S. Garton Churchill Family-Lester L. Hoffman Stamp Collection (MS Am 2601).

Biographical / Historical

Universal Postal Union (Union générale de postes) was founded in 1874. It became a specialized agency of the United Nations in 1947. U.P.U. stamps were issued in 1949 to commemorate the seventy-fifth anniversary of the formation of the U.P.U.
Seymour Garton Churchill was born in Bellefontaine, Ohio in 1900 and graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University (B.A. 1922) and Harvard Law School (1926). He spent most of his legal career at the firm of Loeb, Churchill & Lawther in Manhattan. He began playing competitive bridge in 1928 and became one of the great American bridge players and bridge theorists. He wrote Contract bidding tactics at match-point play (1937) and Churchill natural bidding style at contract bridge (1979). He died of pneumonia in Fairview North Carolina in at age 92 in 1992. His wife was Mary Ellen Peck Churchill (d.1973), and they had two children, James Garton Churchill and Barbara F. Churchill Thompson.
In the introduction to these papers, Churchill states that for over twenty years he had been collecting United States commemorative stamps for his two children, through an invalid friend of his, Lester L. Hoffman of Brooklyn, New York. In 1949, at Hoffman's urging, Churchill began collecting foreign Universal Postal Union stamps issued to commemorate the seventy-fifth anniversary of the forming of the U.P.U. Churchill gifted this stamp collection to Houghton in November of 1952.


Arranged alphabetically by author or title.

Scope and Contents

Includes appraisal documents compiled by Walter A. Warner of the philatelic dealer Frank Warner (New York), letters, and transmittal forms, mostly in typescript format. Also includes a document written by S. Garton Churchill explaining the history of the stamp collection.


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