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History. Foundation. Art. Preservation.

The Postal Service is very proud of its history — its foundation — and has worked hard to preserve it. Numerous postal buildings are listed with the National Historic Register and many other postal buildings house works of art from the Postal Fine Arts Collection.

  • The Postal Service employs a federal preservation officer and a historian.
  • The Postal Service houses more than 1,400 murals and/or sculptures from President Roosevelt’s New Deal Programs in its Post Offices around the nation. The Works Progress Administration (WPA) was the largest and most ambitious New Deal agency, employing millions of people to carry out public works projects, including the construction of public buildings and roads. The WPA also employed musicians, artists, writers, actors and directors in large arts, drama, media and literacy projects.
  • Most of the Post Office works of art were funded through commissions under the Treasury Department’s Section of Painting and Sculpture and Section of Fine Arts (later known simply as “the Section”) and not the WPA. For additional information, go to
  • As of December 2016, approximately 1,500 Postal-owned buildings are listed on the National Historic Register. For additional information, go to
  • The Smithsonian Institution’s National Postal Museum, located in Washington, DC, is dedicated to the preservation, study and presentation of postal history and philately. The museum uses exhibits, educational programs and research to make this rich history available to scholars, philatelists, collectors and visitors from around the world. In 2013, the William H. Gross Stamp Gallery — the world’s largest gallery dedicated to philately — opened its doors. The gallery provides an experience available nowhere else and offers something for everyone, from casual visitors to experienced collectors. For more information, go to
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