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The Marian Philatelist collection

Identifier: ML-061

Scope and Contents

This collection contains the complete series of the Marian Philatelist, a publication devoted to studying stamps depicting the Blessed Virgin Mary. The collection also includes a "Catalogue of Marian Stamps" by W. J. Hoffman of the Marian Philatelic Study Group.


  • 1962 - 1971


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open and available to the public for research in the Marian Library reading room. The materials are non-circulating.

Copyright Notice

The materials in this collection may be protected by copyright law (Title 17, U.S. Code). The materials are available for personal, educational, and scholarly use. It is the responsibility of the researcher to locate and obtain permission from the copyright owner or his or her heirs for any other use, such as reproduction and publication.

Biographical / Historical

The Marian Philatelist began with the publication of a bulletin for the Madonna Study Group on September 19, 1962 with W. J. Hoffman as editor and Reverend A.S. Horn as Chairman. The initial issue addressed how the organization, devoted to the study of Mary on stamps, would be structured and the relationship to the organization COROS (Collectors of Religion on Stamps). By the third issue of the first volume, issued on November 1, 1962, the publication was referred to as the "Bulletin of the Madonna Study Group." The fourth issue was titled "Bulletin of the Marian Philatelic Study Group of Coros." Starting with the second volume on January 1, 1964 the publication was known by it's final name as "The Marian Philatelist" until it ceased publication in 1971. The final issue on March 1, 1971 explains that, "research on Marian stamps will be continued and the data will be made available for publication, bi-monthly, in the COROS Chronicle, starting with the April 1971 issue."


0.5 Linear Feet (1 document case)

Language of Materials



This collection contains a complete set of the Marian Philatelist, a publication devoted to depictions of the Blessed Virgin Mary on stamps and a Catalogue of Marian Stamps by W. J. Hoffman of the Marian Philatelic Study Group. The Marian Philatelist issued 53 bulletins, starting in 1962 and ceasing publication in 1971 before directing members to the COROS Chronicle.

Guide to The Marian Philatelist collection, 1962 -1971
Kayla Harris
November 2017
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Repository Details

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