General Information

The Antique Telephone Collectors Association, or ATCA, is the largest telephone collectors organization in the world. Chartered in 1971 as a non-profit corporation by the state of Kansas, its over 1000 active members are located throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, and Australia. The office is located near Abilene, KS.

The association by-laws can be downloaded from here.

The association's articles of incorporation may be viewed from here.

 

ATCA Membership Benefits

A multi-page newsletter is posted monthly in the members section of our web site, a part of which is devoted to member-only classified advertisements to buy, sell and trade telephones and related items. Newsletters also include articles and member contributions which are deemed to be of greatest interest to the membership. While ATCA highly recommends the electronic version of the newsletter due to its extra content and color photographs, a mailed black and white paper copy is available to those who do not have a computer or prefer that format.

 A membership list is compiled and mailed every other year to each member with additions reported in the monthly newsletters. In addition, an up-to-date searchable membeship database is located in the member section of our website. The membership lists and database include addresses and telephone numbers to assist with networking among members

 An official Annual Show (now held in August to maximize family vacation time) has been held each year since 1971 at different locations throughout the United States. This huge show is national in scope, drawing collectors from all over the United States and Canada. This is a great event for members to attend, as it combines fun, fellowship and phones. One of the highlights is always the members-only auction of antique telephones and related items. This event is a must-see for anyone interested in antique telephony.

 In addition, local members frequently sponsor regional shows at various locations throughout the year. Information about all known shows can be found on the phone show page.

 A member internet listserv (e-mail mailing list) is maintained to provide on-line members the opportunity to communicate with each other. Information can be found on the Email-Listserv page.

Membership Application available here

The principle aims and purposes of the ATCA are as follows:

  • To promote the collecting of old telephones and related items.
  • To publicize the historical importance of telephony
  • To establish and promote common courtesies and guidelines for use by association members when buying, selling, and trading old telephones and related items.
  • To provide a means of communication between association members.
  • To structure events and activities necessary for the accomplishment of the objectives stated above.

 

Anyone interested in antique telephones, memorabilia and.or telephone history and is in sympathy with the objectives of ATCA shall be eligible for membership. Dues are payable January 1 of each year.Annual dues are $30 for an electronic membership (includes a downloadable newsletter, e-mailed to you each month), or $50 for a paper membership (includes a black and white paper newsletter mailed to you each month).


 

Print the following application or contact ATCA at:

Antique Telephone Collectors Association
P.O. Box 2805
Salina, Kansas 67401
Barbara is the Office Manager
 


By ATCA board action on 8/8/96, this page was named as the official ATCA web page.

 Please feel free to e-mail comments, additional information and/or corrections to Chuck Eby.

 created 9/1/95: revised 11/4/16

 

 

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