The Institute of American Deltiology
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 Institute is currently located in Myerstown,
Brown began collecting postcards in 1943, joining postcard clubs and developing
an interest in postcards throughout his adolescence. His formal college
education was focused on Library Science and American Studies, which encouraged
and enhanced his collecting. Over the years, Mr. Brown has developed an
impressive collection and his desire to make this cards available for research
led him to establish the Institute of American Deltiology.
collection is estimated to contain over one million postcards. This collection
includes secondary resources to support the collection; such as a library of
books, periodicals, slides, and news bulletins. The collecting priorities for
the Institute are defined as:
- Postcards printed and published by North American firms.
- Real photographic postcards from all fifty of the United States.
- Postcards relating to all 67 counties of Pennsylvania, regardless of subject
or place of publication.
- Literature of deltiology, particularly related to North American postcard
Strengths of the collection include postcards depicting Pennsylvania, Chicago
and North American architecture.
Special Collections at the University of Maryland received this collection
through a generous donation from Donald Brown. We currently have a small portion
of the IAD collection, which will be enhanced over the coming years. For
information about those postcards in the IAD collection that are not held in by
the University of Maryland, please contact:
Institute of American
300 West Main Avenue
Myerstown, PA 17067