"Stamps are miniature documents of human history. They are the means by which a country gives sensible
expression to its hopes and needs; its beliefs and ideals. They mirror the past and presage the future.
They delineate cultural attainments, industrial works, domestic, civil and social life. In a word, these
vignettes give a vivid picture of the world, its occupants and their multifarious endeavors."
Francis Cardinal Spellman, c. 1950
The Spellman Museum is a center of learning and activities for people of all ages. It will preserve, enhance and expand its collections, library and facilities as a philatelic trust for the education and entertainment of the general public; to promote the hobby of stamp collecting and to be a resource for historians.
The Spellman Museum is an independent, not-for-profit cultural organization (501(c)(3)) with a mission to promote knowledge and understanding of worldwide history and
geography through the study of stamps, letters, and other artifacts of people's communication through the mail. This educational mission is advanced through exhibitions,
a resource center and library, and programs for children, families, and adults. The Museum is a partner in the Regis College Museum Studies Program providing formal
classroom support and internship and practicum experiences for students.
The Spellman Museum is supported by grants, membership, admission fees and related earned income, earnings from an endowment fund, and the annual contributions of
trustees, members, and friends. Donations of philatelic collections and literature are encouraged to enhance the museum's collection, for use in public programs, and
for resale to support the museum.
Founded in 1960, the museum brought together the collections of Francis Cardinal Spellman, Archbishop of New York, and the National Philatelic Museum in Philadelphia.
The collection now includes over 2,000,000 items including those from President Dwight David Eisenhower, violinist Jascha Heifetz, and General Matthew Ridgway. The
Spellman Museum is one of two public museums in the United States devoted to stamps and postal history, the other being the Smithsonian Institution's National Postal
Museum in Washington, D.C.
Board of Trustees
Nancy Clark - Corporation President and Chairman
Lynne Linnehan - Treasurer
Sr. Helen Sullivan, CSJ - Ex-Officio
Dr. Paul Allen
Raffaele Florio , Ph.D
Sr. Ann Marie Grady, CSJ
Sr. Mary Rita Grady CSJ
Antoinette M.Hays, Ph.D, RN Ex-Officio - President, Regis College
Dr. Yamil Kouri
Dr. Robert L. Markovits
Joseph W. Mullin
Dr. Timothy P. O’Connor
Sr. Therezon Sheerin, CSJ
Mary-Anne Vetterling, Ph.D
Sr. Margaret Wallace, CSJ Recording Secretary
Henry Lukas, Director of Education
George S. Norton, Curator of Philatelic Collections
While many volunteer their time for specific projects, the following recognizes those who do so on a regular basis.
John I. Mattill
S. Patricia McDonough, CSJ
Louise Ann Mikaelian
Mary R. Salustro
Elaine J. Schofield
David A. Wilson