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University Archives Rare Autographs & Photographs & Books Ends November 10, 2021

University Archives’ next major online-only auction, slated for Wednesday, November 10, 2021 at 10:30 am Eastern time, is titled  Rare Autographs & Photographs & Books. The 391 lots of exceptional historical material represent multiple collecting categories, including U.S. Presidents & First Ladies, Revolutionary War, Art, Music, Literature, Entertainment, and Sports. Over 30 lots of the sale are related to the Old West, with many pieces from the personal collection of celebrated Western photographer Jim Tackett.

There are many more items to see in our beautifully illustrated online catalog. We hope you can join us on November 10, 2021.

 

PRESIDENTIAL
Jefferson, Lincoln, Kennedy, and Roosevelt are just a few of the presidents featured in our November sale. A 1p autograph letter signed by Thomas Jefferson in superb condition touting America’s superiority over Europe is sure to interest presidential collectors. John F. Kennedy signed the appointment of “Robert S. McNamara of Michigan” to serve as the nation’s youngest Secretary of Defense on January 21, 1961. An autograph album contains 180 signatures of Lincoln administration officials and members of the 37th U.S. Congress, including President Abraham Lincoln and 6 current and future Lincoln cabinet members (Seward, Chase, Welles, Stanton, Smith, and Fessenden). President Zachary Taylor introduces a Louisiana surveyor to Secretary of the Interior Thomas Ewing in an exceedingly rare 1p autograph letter signed.

REVOLUTIONARY WAR
One of the highlights of this category is a military commission dated January 1, 1776 boldly signed by John Hancock in his role as President of the Continental Congress. The document relates to William Prescott’s 7th Regiment of Foot, the same company which was counseled “not to fire until you see the whites of the their eyes” at the Battle of Bunker Hill six months earlier. Another remarkable relic is a Revolutionary War powder horn belonging to 18-year-old minuteman Oliver Buttrick and used at the Battle of Concord on April 19, 1775. The horn is accompanied by over 50 pages of provenance information available upon request.

OLD WEST
30+ lots paint a vivid picture of lawlessness and disorderliness in the Wild West. Items range from a law summons personally endorsed by a young Wyatt Earp, to the autographed recollections of an aging Doolin-Dalton Gang outlaw. Hanging Judge Roy Bean endorsed a witness statement describing the arrest of a Langtry, Texas lawbreaker named Royal B. Trent in 1889. The assortment of fantastic Old West memorabilia also includes photographs of Jesse James’s hideout, snapshots of turn-of-the-century Texas, and postmortem “trophy” photographs of gun-riddled outlaws, ex-Jim Tackett collection.

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 john@universityarchives.com.

Other Highlights Include:

  • Thomas Jefferson’s Rare & Elegant White House China
  • John Hancock 1776 DS for “Do not fire until you see the whites of their eyes” Regiment, Among Finest Known
  • Walt Whitman ALS Regarding 1876 Author’s Edition of “Leaves of Grass” and “Two Rivulets”
  • Charles Darwin ALS from 1859, the Same Year “On the Origin of the Species” Was Published
  • Zachary Taylor ALS as President, Exceedingly Rare
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Signed Copy of “Stride Toward Freedom: The Montgomery Story”
Auction Index:
  • American Politics/Supreme Court Lots 1-32
  • American Presidents/First Ladies Lots 33-106; 379-384
  • Art  Lots 107-118
  • Aviation/Space Lots 119-134
  • Business/Notables Lots 135-171
  • Civil Rights/Native American/Slavery  Lots 172-206
  • Declaration of Independence/Rev War  Lots 207-230
  • Entertainment/Music/Sports  Lots 231-254
  • History/Military  Lots 255-331; 360
  • International/World Leaders  Lots 332-339
  • Judaica  Lots 340-341
  • Literature  Lots 342-359

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.

University Archives’ new offices are located at 88 Danbury Rd. (Suite 2A) in Wilton, Conn. For more information about University Archives and the online-only Autographs & Photographs & Books ending November 10, 2021, please visit www.universityarchives.com.

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