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Catalog Number HRHS-128
Collection Post Office Collection
Object Name Collection
Scope & Content BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE:
The U.S. Mail traces its roots to 1775 during the Second Continental Congress, when Benjamin Franklin was appointed the first postmaster general. The Post Office Department was created in 1792 from Franklin's operation, elevated to a cabinet-level department in 1872, and transformed in 1971 into the U.S. Postal Service as an agency of the U.S. government.

SCOPE AND CONTENT:
The collection consists of Post Office Department (USPS) publications and a scrapbook relating to Virginia and Rockingham County postal activities from 1925 through 1990. Harold Lee worked at Harrisonburg Post Office for 36 years.

Scrapbook contains postage stamps, DNR newspaper clippings and photographs of:
Old U.S. post office and court house; postal employees, post office loading platform and trucks, outgoing parcel post rack, outgoing mail shed, dispatch case, city letter carrier section with lock boxes, water cooler, letter drop; demolition of the old post office, envelopes, dedication ceremony invitation of 1940, the Washington to Harrisonburg Highway Post office.

A chart showing cancelled envelopes from the Highway Post Office, the Railway Post Office Service, and commemorative envelopes from Rockingham County and the City of Harrisonburg.

COLLECTION INVENTORY:
Items belonging to Harold Lee and donated by Barbara Lohr:
-Scrapbook, 1936-1990
--6 General Scheme of Virginia books: 1925, 1927, 1935, 1938, 1942, 1944
1 Postal Employees Guide, 1943
-1 Postal Manual Employees Edition, 1954
-A Description of US Postage Stamps: 1847 to 1936
-1974 zip code book
Item donated by Weldon Shiplett:
-Chart with cancelled envelopes from the Highway Post Office (1941 & 1953), the Railway Post Office Service (1977), commemorative envelope for Rockingham County (1978), commemorative envelope for the City of Harrisonburg (1980).

Title Post Office Collection