University Archives Proudly Presents Rare Autographs, Manuscripts & Books Ending March 3, 2021

The auction will conclude on March 3, 2021, by University Archives, beginning at 10:30 am Eastern time. Explore the Phenomenal World of Art, Music, Politics, and Science, One Genius at A Time. The full catalog is up and online for bidding and viewing now, at the newly revamped University Archives website (, as well as the platforms LiveAuctioneers and Invaluable. Phone and absentee bids will also be accepted. 

Our March 3, 2021 sale, which tips the scale at a healthy 408 lots, provides another great opportunity for aspiring and veteran collectors alike to enlarge or refine their collections. We thought it would be appropriate in the weeks following Inauguration Day to offer a cross-section of U.S. Presidential and First Lady autographs. The result is a range of historical material from U.S. Presidents, from (#1) George Washington to (#46) Joseph R. Biden; as well as an assortment representing First Ladies, from (#1) Martha Washington to (#22/24) Frances Cleveland, and from (#26) Edith Roosevelt to (#35) Jackie Kennedy. We also have rare autographs, manuscripts, books, relics, and historic collectibles representing the best of Science, Foreign, Space / Aviation, Early American, Literary, Art, Music, and Notorious.

One of the leading items of our Science category is a 1p autograph manuscript by Albert Einstein containing superlative Unified Field Theory content. The manuscript written in German includes nearly 200 words in Einstein’s hand and no fewer than 11 lines of mathematical calculation. The notebook page demonstrates the tremendous mental agility of the physicist. In it, Einstein carefully reexamines some of the concepts underpinning his earlier theories about gravity, spinning off incredibly complex “Thought Experiments,” or mental exercises, which he could then prove or disprove after discarding the usual metrics. An exceptional signed gelatin silver print photo of Einstein as a younger man also captures his genius. It was signed and inscribed by him in 1921, the year he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics. Last, a life-size wax mold taken of Einstein’s head during a live sitting with sculptor Katherine Stubergh, complete with salt-and-pepper human hair (maybe Einstein’s?), is sure to entice novelty-hunters. The wax mold is signed and inscribed by Einstein on the nape as “Katherine, Much Thanks, Albert Einstein.” There are seven lots relating to Einstein in our March sale.

Among the gems of our Presidential category is a 4pp manuscript document signed by Thomas Jefferson and addressed to “My Friends & Children Chiefs of the Cherokee Nation.” Jefferson fully embraced his role as the “Great White Father” in this letter from January 1806, advising the Cherokee to continue in their efforts to establish farming communities, and to desist in making war against other indigenous peoples. Another featured presidential item is a 2pp Civil War dated autograph letter signed by Abraham Lincoln addressed to Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton regarding the recalcitrance of an Illinois railroad company vital to securing troop transport. Lincoln, who had successfully sued the same railroad company in the late 1850s when he was an Illinois circuit lawyer, said ruefully, “If I had the leisure which I have not, I believe I could settle it…” A 1p autograph letter signed by George Washington just a few months before he retired from his second presidential term completes this outstanding category. In the letter written at Mount Vernon, Washington conveyed his thanks to well-wishers from a West Virginia town that had once competed to be named the nation’s capital.

March’s collection of historical material relating to foreign leaders is diverse, both chronologically and geographically. One of the highlights is a 1p typed letter signed in Russian by Vladimir Lenin in his capacity as Chairman of the Workers’ and Peasants’ Defense Counsel during the middle of the Russian Civil War. Lenin recommended a comrade named Stepan Nazarov to the Revolutionary Military Council of the Southern Front, boldly signing the letter as “V. Ulyanov Lenin.” A 15” x 14” x 9” monumental plaster death mask of Lenin taken by Soviet artist Sergei Merkurov shortly after Lenin’s death in 1924 has a haunting appeal; it is one of only fourteen extant death masks of Lenin. From Henry Vane the Younger, Yasser Arafat, Queen Victoria, and Nikita Khrushchev, to David Ben-Gurion, Fidel Castro, and Louis XVIII of France, we have major foreign leaders covered!

Our March sale is stuffed with a hodgepodge of marvelous miscellany, including John Brown’s personally owned and signed copy of a biography of Lemuel Haynes, an African American Revolutionary War minuteman and Torrington, Connecticut minister Lemuel Haynes. Also included is a gorgeous 7-volume edition of The Life of Benjamin Disraeli, the Earl of Beaconsfield, with hundreds of original letters, documents, photos, and engravings tipped in, from Benjamin Disraeli and contemporaries Charles Darwin, Charles Dickens, William Gladstone, and many others.

These are just a few of the sensational pieces which will be offered at our March auction. We hope you can join us!

We’re Moving!

88 Danbury Road, Suite 2A, Wilton, CT, US

University Archives is excited to announce a major change effective February 22, 2021. After 20 years in our present location at 49 Richmondville Avenue in Westport, Connecticut, we are moving to new headquarters in Wilton, Connecticut, about five miles closer to the New York border.

Some of you may have visited our offices in the old Mill building by the banks of the Saugatuck River in Westport. Our offices were tucked away in the early-twentieth-century addition of a twine manufacturing factory. What it lacked in modern convenience, it more than made up for in character.

Now, we are thrilled to embrace our full potential by moving into a nearly 6,000-square-feet space in a Class A corporate office building actually constructed in the current century! Additionally, we have secured a 1,500-square-feet temperature-controlled and fully secured storage facility that can house bulkier consignments. University Archives is confident that our access to newer, modern facilities will be integral to our continued company growth.

About University Archives

University Archives has become world-renowned as a go-to source for rare items of this kind. It is actively seeking quality material for future auctions, presenting a rare opportunity for sellers. Anyone who has a single item or a collection that may be a fit for a future University Archives auction may call John Reznikoff at 203-454-0111, or email him at

University Archives was founded in 1979, as a division of University Stamp Company, by John Reznikoff, who started collecting stamps and coins in 1968, while in the third grade. Industry-wide, Reznikoff is considered the leading authenticity expert for manuscripts and documents. He consults with law enforcement, dealers, auction houses and both major authentication companies.

For more information about University Archives, visit Updates are posted frequently. For phone bidding, please call 203-454-0111.

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