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Jon Charles Acker Collection of Commemorative Event Covers and First Day of Issue Stamped Envelopes

 Collection
Identifier: MSS-4093

Scope and Contents

The collection contains over one hundred and fifty U.S.S. Tuscaloosa commemorative covers, including "First Day in Commission" covers (Aug. 17, 1934) and commemorative "Shakedown Cruise" covers, posted from Barbados, Buenos Aires, Montevideo, and Brazil, in October and November, 1934. There are also several miscellaneous first day of issue stamped envelopes and other commemorative covers postmarked from the U.S.S. Tuscaloosa and ten first day of issue stamps not related to the U.S.S. Tuscaloosa (1968-1987), most of which relate to the State of Alabama in some way. There are several miscellaneous stamped envelopes not postmarked from the Tuscaloosa and several postcards of the Tuscaloosa including one black and white postcard of the Tuscaloosa passing under the Golden Gate Bridge. There is also a partial envelope with two British stamps.

Dates

  • 1929-1993

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research. Researchers must register and agree to copyright and privacy laws before using this collection. Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations. Due to the nature of certain archival formats, including digital and audio-visual materials, access to certain materials may require additional advance notice.

Conditions Governing Use

Researchers are responsible for using the materials in conformance with United States copyright law as well as any donor restrictions accompanying the materials. The user assumes all responsibility for identifying and satisfying any copyright claimants in collection materials. Copyright for official University records is held by The University of Alabama. The library claims only physical ownership of many manuscript collections. Anyone wishing to broadcast or publish this material must assume all responsibility for identifying and satisfying any claimants of literary property rights or copyrights. Please contact Special Collections (archives@ua.edu) with questions regarding specific manuscript collections. For more information about copyright policy, please visit: https://www.ua.edu/copyright/. Any materials used for academic research or otherwise should be fully credited with the source.

Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals without the consent of those individuals may have legal implications, for which the University of Alabama assumes no responsibility.

Biographical / Historical

An event cover is a type of envelope that is usually decorated with a specific event design and stamped and cancelled with a special event cancel. The design is usually on the left hand side of the envelope and it explains what is being commemorated. The stamp usually coordinates with the celebration, as do the cancellations.

First day of issue envelope or cover is a postage stamp on a post card or stamped envelope cancelled on the first day the stamp is authorized for postal use.

Stamp collecting hobbyists call envelopes "covers" because letters were originally wrapped in a blank piece of paper - or "cover."

Extent

0.6 Linear Feet

Language of Materials

English

Overview

U.S.S. Tuscaloosa commemorative covers, including "First Day in Commission" and "Shakedown Cruise" covers, several miscellaneous first day of issue stamped envelopes and other commemorative covers postmarked from the U.S.S. Tuscaloosa, and ten first day of issue stamps, most of which relate to the State of Alabama in some way

Provenance

gift of Jon Acker, 2015; additional gift, 2017

General

To provide faster access to our materials, this finding aid was published without formal and final review. Email us at archives@ua.edu if you find mistakes or have suggestions to make this finding aid more useful for your research.

Processed by

Martha Bace, 2015

Source

Title
Guide to the Jon Charles Acker Collection of Commemorative Event Covers and First Day of Issue Stamped Envelopes
Status
Completed
Date
May 2015
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
English

Repository Details

Part of the The University of Alabama Libraries Special Collections Repository

Contact:
Box 870266
Tuscaloosa AL 35487-0266
205.348.0500