This collection documents the activities of the American Political Items Collectors (A.P.I.C.), a non-profit membership organization that specializes in political memorabilia. A.P.I.C. encourages the collection, preservation, and study of political campaign-related materials with the goal of better understanding American politics. The organization's records consist of bylaws, catalogs, clippings, committee files, constitution-related files, correspondence, directories, financial records, membership files, memorabilia, minutes, press releases, and publications. The collection also includes photography by Edmund Sullivan used in his books about political Americana.
An index to The Keynoter, the primary publication of A.P.I.C. is available as a Microsoft Excel document under the Additional Information/Inventories tab below.
his collection is open to the public and must be used in the Special Collections reading room. Researchers must register and agree to copyright and privacy laws before using this collection.
This collection is unprocessed. This means that materials are in the same state we received them and have not been reviewed for content or condition. The collection may need to be screened prior to use. Please contact us before visiting the Special Collections reading room to view this collection. Several preliminary inventories for various accessions are available under the Inventories/Additional Information section.
This collection contains restricted material, please check the series and folder listings for additional information.
Certain files relating to the Ethics Committee and meeting minutes of the Board of Directors and Executive Board must be screened by the curator and A.P.I.C. Please contact the Archives and Manuscripts Department for more information.
Photocopies or digital surrogates may be provided in accordance with Special Collections and University Archives duplication policy.
Copyright resides with the creators of the documents or their heirs unless otherwise specified. It is the researcher's responsibility to secure permission to publish materials from the appropriate copyright holder.
Archival materials may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal and/or state right to privacy laws or other regulations. While we make a good faith effort to identify and remove such materials, some may be missed during our processing. If a researcher finds sensitive personal information in a collection, please bring it to the attention of the reading room staff.
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The American Political Items Collectors records cover the period from 1940-2014; the bulk of the materials date from 1960-2004. The collection consists of bylaws, catalogs, clippings, committee files, constitution-related files, correspondence, directories, financial records, membership files, memorabilia, minutes, press releases, newsletters and other publications, working papers, and photographs documenting the activities of the American Political Items Collectors.
This collection was donated to the University of Maryland Libraries by Albert Salter in 2003. Additional materials were donated in 2008, 2009, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2018 by Salter, Johnathan Binkley, Harris Udell, and Edmund Sullivan.
The University of Maryland Libraries, with the support of the American Political Items Collectors, digitized the Keynoter from 1962-2014. The materials are hosted at the Internet Archive and can be viewed by visiting the following link: Digitized Keynoter