Project Reports, White Papers, and Relevant Media

The National Trust for Historic Preservation is pleased to announce the publication of a digital tool that shares stories of how America’s post offices have been adapted for community-serving uses. “SOLD: America's Historic Post Offices” is a GIS-enabled story map that documents 20 historic post office buildings from coast to coast that have been offered for sale. See a broad overview followed by the full map or go right to the map and start reading stories.

Save the Post Office

This website provides information about the post office closings and consolidations that are taking place, the historic post office buildings that are being sold off, the efforts people are taking to protect their post offices, and the things citizens can do to save their post office when it ends up on the closure list.* Click here to visit the site and explore resources.

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Postal Innovation Platform Newsletter

The Postal Industry Innovation and Markets Newsletter marks the important events and happenings with the postal service. Page 13 includes a note from the project lead here, Andrew Butcher. Read the newsletter here.

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A New Tool For Exploring America's Historic Post Offices

Spring 2018 Capstone Report

This report was put together by the 2018 Spring Capstone project team. It encompasses all research done by the team, including relevant GIS analysis and potential linkages between USPS and the community. Read the report here.

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OIG Reports and Resources

The Office of the Inspector General (OIG) publishes reports relevant to the Postal Service operation, and opportunities for Postal Service growth. Below are a few of the relevant white papers that helped inform much of this research:

Real Cost of Mail

Postal Foot Traffic

Letter Carriers and Changing Delivery

Pilot Projects and Opportunities to Test Ideas

The Internet of Postal Things

Smart Cities: USPS and City Growth

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Key Resources

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Other reports and resources from institutions such as the GAO, Urban Institute, and other research institutions have provided context to this study. See some of the resources below:

The Economic Effect of the Post Office

Public-Private Partnerships and Disposal of Properties

The Social Value of the Postal Service

How Data can Improve Operations

The Case for the Post Office