IAP Strategic Alliances

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Basic Alliance Agreement

Note: Terms and Conditions of the Alliance Agreement are subject to change. Contact IAP for additional details.

IAP’s strength lies in its Strategic Alliances and Centers of Excellence and the synergy that they bring to philatelic research. Current Alliance Members are:


Washington, DC

Tour the NPM’s Forensic Lab here.

We are pleased to have an alliance with the Smithsonian National Postal Museum (NPM). David Herendeen, IAP Past President, noted that “This alliance with the NPM will provide the basis of what we expect to be many successful research efforts.” This positive tone was reinforced by NPM director Allen Kane: “The NPM views the Alliance with IAP as synergistic with our mission. We recently began offering scholarships to researchers. These are directed more toward historical research rather than analytical pursuits. So, the cooperation with a group of serous scientists to perform analytical studies is a natural fit.”

One of the primary benefits to both groups is structuring a vehicle that will allow leveraging resources by cost-sharing research efforts. Moreover, Dr. John Barwis, President and Senior Fellow at IAP, as well as a serious student of classic U.S. material, says “Not only will IAP researchers be able to use the NPM facilities, but we will also have access to the philatelic collections.” Susan Smith, the Winton M. Blount Chair in Research at the NPM, notes “The NPM lab is open to everyone who wants to study the material components and fine details of philatelic and historical objects and to promote their conservation.”

In fact, the NPM has in many ways acted as an “incubator” for IAP. It was the close working relationship that developed while Dave Herendeen was performing his research at the NPM that led to the formative idea for IAP.


New York, NY

The Philatelic Foundation was granted a charter in 1945 by the University of the State of New York as a Nonprofit Educational Institution. Over the decades the Philatelic Foundation has come to be recognized as the central source for expertizing in U.S. philately.

IAP researchers may arrange for access to the PF’s reference collection which is among the finest assemblages of philatelic material in the world. In addition, to a wonderful library, they have photos of each of the over 400,000 items that have been certified over the years.

Robert Rose, Chairman of the PF, writes on their web site, “Last month the PF entered into an alliance with the Institute For Analytical Philately, … The alliance will leverage our 65 years of experience in expertizing philatelic items and our unparalleled reference collection with the IAP’s plan to fund scientific  research on philatelic problems…. I believe that this alliance will help philately enter the 21st Century with the application of sound science to our hobby. Larry Lyons, Executive Director, will sit on the Advisory Board of the IAP…”

The U.S. Philatelic Classics Society, Inc.

IAP President John Barwis addressed the Board of Directors of the U.S. Philatelic Classics Society resulting in the completion of an Alliance Agreement with the USPCS.

Formed more than 60 years ago, the USPCS has a simple credo prominently placed on their web site, “We emphasize the need to share the results of our studies and research with fellow students and collectors. But most of all, we are here to promote enjoyment and fun from a hobby that has given us many hours of pleasure.”

John is excited that “this agreement opens the possibility of funding larger, even more important research on U.S. Classic issues through the possibility of cost-sharing between our two organizations.”

The Confederate Stamp Alliance

We are pleased to announce that an Alliance agreement has been completed with the Confederate Stamp Alliance (CSA). David Herendeen, Past President, notes “This alliance with CSA will provide additional research opportunities in an area rich with possibilities.”

The Confederate Stamp Alliance was founded in February 1935 as a national organization of Confederate collectors. In 1968 the Alliance was incorporated as a non-profit organization for the purpose of promoting the collection of Confederate stamps and to encourage the study and dissemination of information on the stamps and postal history of the Confederacy.

At the 75th Anniversary Meeting of the Confederate Stamp Alliance in August 2010 the Trustees voted to enter into an alliance with the Institute of Analytical Philately for the purpose of sharing in the development of analytical tools that will aid in the examination of philatelic items.

The Chairman of the CSA Authentication Service, Frank Crown, will serve on the Advisory Committee of the Institute of Analytical Philately as the CSA representative.

The files of the Authentication Service will be available to Institute of Analytical Philately researchers.

Vincent Graves Greene Philatelic Research Foundation
The Vincent Graves Greene Philatelic Research Foundation

The Vincent Graves Greene Philatelic Research Foundation was established in 1975. The initial funding of the Foundation consisted of a series of gifts made to the Foundation by Vincent Graves Greene.

It is expected that these funds will be augmented by gifts from individuals or organizations who are interested in furthering the purposes of the Foundation.

The Foundation bears the name of Vincent Graves Greene who was considered to be the Dean of Canadian Philatelists. He was a signatory of the Roll of Distinguished Philatelists; a recipient of the Lichtenstein Award; and a Fellow of both the Royal Philatelic Society, London and the Royal Philatelic Society of Canada. He served on many international juries and made significant contributions to all areas of philately.

The Foundation is incorporated and registered as a charitable organization for Canadian tax purposes.

Ted Nixon, Executive Director, will sit on the Advisory Board of the IAP.