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New York — Swann Galleries’ Thursday, May 7 sale of Printed & Manuscript African Americana was held live online and was conducted remotely. “This was a strong auction regardless of the circumstances. The sale concluded with 90% of lots finding buyers, a record in this category at Swann, and a total of $744,112, well above high estimate. Institutions generally make a good showing in these

New York — On Thursday, March 26, Swann Galleries will offer a sale of Printed & Manuscript African Americana featuring material from the last three centuries with a strong showing of family papers and archives.

Archives include family papers of the distinguished Ruby-Jackson family of

Washington, D.C. -- Newspapers edited by Frederick Douglass, who escaped slavery in 1838 and became a voice for abolitionists as a journalist, orator, and author, have been digitized and are now available online from the Library of Congress.

The collection is comprised of 568 issues of three weekly newspaper titles dating between 1847 and 1874: The North Star in Rochester, New

Cincinatti, OH — An incredibly rare antebellum quarter plate daguerreotype believed to be the earliest known image of enslaved African Americans with cotton sold for $324,500 in Cowan’s American History

San Marino, CA — The Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens announced today that it has acquired two collections related to abolition and slavery in 19th-century America, including an exceptionally rare account book from the Underground Railroad.

The first group of materials includes the papers of Zachariah Taylor Shugart (1805–

New York—The Thursday, September 26 sale of Printed & Manuscript Americana at Swann Galleries was an overall success with an 88% sell-through rate, bringing in over $1M.

Material relating to slavery & abolition led

NEW YORK—Swann Galleries’ March 21 auction of Printed & Manuscript African Americana drew collectors, dealers and institutions alike to compete for scarce and one-of-a-kind material related to black history.


Wyatt Houston Day, Swann’s African Americana specialist said, “We were so pleased to see such a large number of items in this sale—more than 100—go to institutions