Wineburgh Philatelic Research Library
The Wineburgh Philatelic Research Library
The Wineburgh Philatelic Research Library (WPRL) was founded in 1976 by Harold Wineburgh, who envisioned the library as a means of promoting philatelic research and inspiring a love of learning through the collection and study of stamps, or philately. Today, the WPRL continues to provide researchers and postage collectors with a dynamic collection of books, journals, and catalogs with which they can pursue their philatelic interests.
Since its founding, the WPRL has grown into one of the finest philatelic libraries in the country, with thousands of books and periodical volumes. The library maintains over 100 subscriptions to current philatelic journals, as well as a collection of older journal titles. In addition, the library collects stamp catalogs and a growing selection of post office publications and reports.
Among the collection’s strengths are holdings in U.S., British, Western European, and Mexican philately. Some areas of note in the collection include Confederate postal history, the detection of forgeries, postal histories of U.S. states, and air mail philately. The library is also home to the records of the Texas Philatelic Association, Inc. and the San Antonio Philatelic Association.
The WPRL is supported by the proceeds of its own endowment fund, which was created at its founding by Mr. Wineburgh and has grown through the generosity of our many philatelic friends from around the country. In addition to monetary donations, the library also benefits from in-kind gifts of books, journals, and other materials on philately, postal history, and related subject areas. Anyone wishing to make a donation may contact the Special Collections Department using the information given on this page.
For more information, contact the Wineburgh Philatelic Research Library Curator, Cassandra Zawojek