Guide to the Wayne Broehl Collection of Indian Postal Stamps, 1803 - 1983Manuscript MS-1118

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Title:

Guide to the Wayne Broehl Collection of Indian Postal Stamps, 1803 - 1983

Call Number:

Manuscript MS-1118

Collection Dates:

1803 - 1983

Size of Collection:

2 boxes (3 linear ft.)

Abstract:

The Wayne G. Broehl Collection of Indian Postal Stamps contain approximately 5,400 postal cards and 1,200 postal envelopes that Broehl purchased from India to enrich his stamp collection.

Access to Collection:

Unrestricted.

Use & Access

The materials represented in this guide may be accessed through the Rauner Special Collections Library at Dartmouth College. Rauner Library is located in Webster Hall. The materials must be used on-site and may not leave Rauner Library.

Rauner Special Collections Library is open to the public and in most cases no appointment is necessary. The exception is in the case of materials stored off site for which there may be a delay of up to 48 hours in retrieval. Please consult the Access to Collection statement below or contact Rauner Reference.

Access to Collection

Unrestricted.

Publication & Use

Permission from Dartmouth College required for publication or reproduction.

Introduction to the Collection

The Wayne Broehl Collection of Indian Postal Stamps contain approximately 5,400 postal cards and 1,200 postal envelopes that Broehl purchased from India to enrich his stamp collection. The cards and envelopes record the history of the Indian postal system. Present in the collection are cards and envelopes ranging from 1803 to 1908, although a bulk of the bundled pieces of the collection are from 1830 through 1870, when the Indian postal system went through a rapid series of changes within a few years. The postal system itself was established under British rule in 1837, so the pieces from before that year represent both the official British postal service (stamps issued by zamindars - or government tax collectors) as well as privately Indian-owned, "dawk" postal delivery companies. Broehl's collection continues to chronicle the developments of the Indian postal service after the Indian Post Office was officially established in 1837 - the stamps on each letter correlate with the year and time period in which they were mailed. The collection dwindles after the 1870's, since by that time, India's postal service had for the most part been regulated, and each of the issued stamps during that time were used heavily and are not as rare as the stamps with shorter issue-lives.

The collection also contains nineteen guides to postal history auctions, pertaining to the late 1970's through early 1980's.

Biography

Wayne G. Broehl was born in Peoria, Indiana in 1922. He obtained his B.S. degree from the University of Illinois in 1946, his M.B.A. from the University of Chicago in 1950, and his D.B.A. from Indiana University in 1954. Soon after his graduation from Indiana, Dean Karl Hill recruited Broehl to teach at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College. Broehl created and taught several courses on the topics of agribusiness and business ethics. In 1973, Broehl became the "Benjamin Ames Kimball Professor of the Science of Administration," in addition to his already existing professorship at Tuck and his seat as an adjunct professor in the geography department at Dartmouth. He retired from teaching in 1987. Over the course of his career, Broehl wrote 14 books; perhaps most notably, his book on the "Molly Maguires" organization earned him a Pulitzer Prize nomination in 1964, and was adapted into a film. He also authored business histories of both the John Deere company and the Cargill Foods company. Broehl died June 28, 2006, at his home in Hanover, NH.

Box & Folder List

Box: 1, Dates: circa 1800-1900

Contains bundled envelopes and postcards exchanged in India, almost all of the writing done in Hindi/Sanskrit. There are several thousand total.

Access Restrictions

unrestricted

Box Contents

  • There is no folder listing for this box.

Box: 2, Dates: 1803-1983

Contains folders and manila envelopes of correspondence, envelopes and postcards, ranging between 1803 and 1920, most of the pieces dated between circa 1830 and 1870; a box containing canceled postcards and envelopes correspondence is written mostly in English and Hindi. Also contains nineteen postal history auction catalogues, covering the years 1978 through 1983.

Use Restrictions

unrestricted

Box Contents

  • There is no folder listing for this box.

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