Barbara R. Mueller

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Barbara R. Mueller
Born September 10, 1925
Jefferson, Wisconsin
Died November 17, 2016[1]
Madison, Wisconsin
Nationality USA
Occupation Engineer
Engineering career
Institutions United States Stamp Society
American Philatelic Society
Projects Studied philatelic subjects; an acclaimed writer of philatelic literature
Awards USSS Hall of Fame
Luff Award
Lichtenstein Medal
Smithsonian Philatelic Achievement Award
Roll of Distinguished Philatelists

Barbara R. Mueller is an American philatelist who has remained, all her life, dedicated to the study of American philately. Her studies led her to a career of writing significant philatelic literature.

Collecting interests[edit]

Ms. Mueller’s interests lie in philately of the United States. She has created various collections as part of her studies, such as her collection of Pomeroy’s Express labels.

Philatelic activity[edit]

Ms. Mueller has been very active in American philately. She is a life member of the American Philatelic Society (APS), having been a member for 65 years. She also has served the United States Stamp Society, chairing a number of committees and contributing to, and editing, the society’s journal, The United States Specialist from 1972 through 1977. At the National Postal Museum at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., she is working on the files of former Post Office department executive Arthur M. Travers.

From 1986 to 1990, Mueller was editor of the American Philatelic Congress Book and, from 1963 to 1993, editor of the Essay Proof Journal.


Barbara Mueller has authored a number of publications. Her book Common Sense Philately was published in 1956. Based on her detailed studies, she published various detailed studies, such as John E. Javit, American Engraver and Printer.

Honors and awards[edit]

Barbara Mueller has received many awards for her writings, including the McCoy award, the Luff Award in 1956, the Lichtenstein Medal in 1981, and the Smithsonian Institution Philatelic Achievement Award. She has been named to the United States Stamp Society Hall of Fame and the APS Writers Unit 30 Hall of Fame, and she has been invited to sign the Roll of Distinguished Philatelists in July 2009.

Barbara R. Mueller Award[edit]

The Barbara R. Mueller Award for the best article published each year in the APS monthly journal American Philatelist, was established in 2007 by the United States Stamp Society in Ms. Mueller’s honor.

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