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Tim Choy Stamp and Postcard Collection

 Collection
Identifier: MS-118

Scope and Contents

The collection includes postage stamps and postcards from countries around the world, with a particular emphasis on China and other Pacific Rim countries.

The stamp portion of the collection includes several thousand stamps from every continent except Antarctica, with particular emphasis on China. Other notable historic stamps are present from early 20th century Korea, Nazi Germany and the British Commonwealth. There are many stamps from the United States, with a particular strength in stamps related to Hawaii. Most of the collection is made up of used stamps, but there are also first day covers (i.e. envelopes mailed on the first day of issue of a particular stamp), commemorative sheets and envelopes in good to mint condition. Several commemorative books and albums contain Chinese stamps in mint condition from the 1960s-2000s.

The postcard and ephemera portion of the collection contains several thousand postcards that Tim Choy acquired while on trips between about 1980-2003. Choy organized the postcards into binders and files, the structure of which has mostly been preserved in this collection. The binders (Boxes 3-4) contain mostly single photographic postcards from museums and major tourist attractions such as churches and castles. The files (Box 5) mostly contain sets of postcards issued in series, and are predominantly from China and neighboring East Asian countries. About a dozen tourist brochures are included with the files.

Dates

  • 1890-2010

Creator

Language of Materials

Collection is in English, Mandarin Chinese, Japanese, and others.

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright not evaluated.

Biographical Note

The collector, Dr. Tim Choy, was a 1964 graduate of Pacific University. For 30 years, he was a Professor of Speech Communications at Moorhead State University in Minnesota. He later served as an Assistant to the President at Hawaii's Bishop Museum. With interests in art and philanthropy, he made notable donations to Pacific University and other institutions. Some of his collecting interests include jade carvings, Asian art, Hawaiiana, stamps and ephemera collections, and travel. Tim Choy donated these collections to Pacific University in honor of Stella O. H. Lee.

Extent

3 Cubic Feet (4 boxes)

Abstract

The collector, Dr. Tim Choy, was a 1964 graduate of Pacific University with interests in art, travel and philanthropy. This collection includes several thousand stamps and postcards from countries around the world, with particular emphasis on China and other Pacific Rim countries.

Accruals

Future additions to this collection may occur.
Status
Completed
Author
Eva Guggemos
Date
2018
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Language of description note
Finding aid written in English

Repository Details

Part of the Pacific University Archives Repository

Contact:
2043 College Way
Forest Grove OR 97116 United States