historical manuscripts

Guest Blog: A Trove of MLK, Jr. Material Surfaces by Bryan Booher of Heritage Auctions

The Civil Rights Movement was arguably the most pivotal event in twentieth-century American social history. And sadly, one of which I knew little (shhh, don't tell my boss!). When I was first presented with the prospect of researching and cataloguing an extensive--and I stress extensive--

New York, NY, October 2013—The Morgan Library & Museum’s fall exhibition season includes touchstones of art, literature, and music—from drawings by Leonardo da Vinci to a survey of Edgar Allan Poe’s works to a reuniting of two manuscript copies of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. Complementing these exceptional items will be over twenty diverse works from the Morgan’s permanent collections,

Washington, D.C. — June 10, 2013 — This November, the National Archives will significantly expand its permanent exhibitions with the opening of the new David M. Rubenstein Gallery and Visitor Orientation Plaza. The project has been made possible thanks to a generous gift of $13.5 million from philanthropist David M. Rubenstein to the Foundation for the National Archives, an

Typically historical documents aren't seen as quick-turnaround investments, but the confirmation of the discovery of Richard III's bones in Leicester this past February turned that notion, well, on its skull. 


Case in point: at an auction in Los Angeles earlier this

NEW YORK — Bonhams is pleased to announce the inaugural auction of Judaica to be held at the Bonhams New York Madison Avenue salesroom on December 9, 2013. The auction will include significant historical and religious items that represent the cultural and social movements of the Jewish people from ancient through modern times. Pre-war and

It's no secret that Edgar Allan Poe had a murky romantic life. Anyone who has taken American Lit 101 knows that he married his 13-year-old cousin, Virginia Clemm. But she wasn't his first love or his last. Elmira Royster Sheldon holds both honors, and it was to this lady that the engagement ring engraved "Edgar" belonged. Elmira and Edgar were childhood sweethearts, but when he left for the
NEW YORK - With a price worthy of its historic stature, a recently discovered 1823 printing of the Declaration of Independence, painstakingly engraved and printed by William Stone to celebrate the 45th anniversary of the founding of The United States, sold for $597,500, more than doubling its’ pre-auction estimate, at
New York—On Tuesday, April 17, Swann Galleries will conduct a sale of Revolutionary Americana from the Allyn Kellogg Ford Collection, followed by Autographs. The Ford collection contains some of the most significant Revolutionary War letters ever to come to auction.

In 1927 Minnesota manufacturer Allyn Kellogg Ford acquired what would become the core of his collection, more than 100
SAN MARINO, Calif.—Drawing on the unparalleled manuscripts collection on the topic held by The Hunt­ington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens, a major exhibition will illuminate the remarkable changes wrought in the United States by the planning, construction, and completion of the transcontinental railroad. “Visions of Empire: The Quest for a Railroad Across America, 1840-1880,” on
New York, NY, March 27, 2012—Sir Winston Churchill (1874-1965) is considered by many historians to be among the finest orators and writers of the twentieth century. His speeches galvanized Great Britain at its darkest hour during World War II, and his letters to President Franklin D. Roosevelt were instrumental in building support for the war effort from the United States, the country of