In October 2006 James L. D. Monroe, President of the Confederate Stamp Alliance, announced acquisition of the rights to the New Dietz Confederate States Catalog and Handbook, last published in 1986. The rights were secured from New Dietz Editorial Committee Chairman and owner Hubert C. Skinner. The new volume is titled the Confederate States of America Catalog and Handbook of Stamps and Postal History (more commonly referred to as the CSA Catalog).
This 21st century catalog takes advantage of all of the
advances in technology that have occurred in the past quarter
century, including publication in color. It is by no means a
simple revision of prior catalogs. Much of the material in
this catalog can be found in no other catalog or publication.
It is a result of a major effort to build a new catalog from
the ground up. A guiding principal of the editors was that
items in the new catalog had to be confirmed by an image
of the item. Information was derived from original period
documents where possible, rather than repeated from the
often conflicting statements of prior publications.
Each revised edition of the Dietz Catalog since its first
publication over eighty years ago has seen many new
listings. With the 1931 edition, the basic format was set and
remained the same through the final 1986 edition. This new
catalog takes a different approach, incorporating many of
the features of the old Dietz Catalog and adding more. In
the process some of the format was retained, but much was
changed to increase the coverage contained in individual
sections. Finally, an abbreviated subject index was added
after the Table of Contents to aid the user.
To accomplish this task, the editors began with the listings
contained in the 1986 Dietz Catalog and searched for any
new listings. They also mandated that every listing in the
new catalog be verified by an image of the item. In cases
where no image could be found, the listing was retained as a
legacy listing and indicated by an asterisk.
In comparing prior published works and catalogs, one
invariably finds conflicting information. One of the most
noticeable examples of this is in the section of Independent
State and Confederate Use of US Postage. In order to
ascertain the actual dates of secession and admission for each
state, the editors re-examined the secession and admission
processes of each state from original period documents.
Where the results are subject to more than one interpretation
or vary from previously accepted dates, the editors have set
forth their explanation for the change in notes.
Sections that aren't completely new (Confederate Mail
Carrier Services, Way Mail, Indian Nations, Covert Mail, an Advertising
Cover guide and more) are greatly expanded and clarified including the
General Issues section. The CSA 10c blue lithograph, for example, has
one Scott number but is in reality three different designs and produced
by two different printers. Some catalog sections are four times the size
of the 1986 catalog, as well as being presented in color, making full
use of today's technology.
Members of the Confederate Stamp Alliance are excited
about this new catalog and delighted to have finally come to the end
of the road with this six year project. Editor-in-Chief Trish Kaufmann
emphasizes that this is the labor of dozens of learned contributors and
not just the editorial board who organized and choreographed the
contents, as well as adding a great amount of substantive content.
The editorial trio all individually made major contributions to the
1986 edition and stress that this type of project cannot be done
without the assistance of many others.
For an illustrated and far
more in depth look at both the history of prior catalogs and the
marvelous changes in this 2012 edition, see A 21st Century Confederate Catalog.
Confederate States of America Catalog and Handbook of Stamps and Postal History