Collecting American History
Recent stories? An American broadside almost goes up in flames. A closer look at 19th century and 20th century American scrapbooks. An American Civil War Copperhead seeks relief. A brief muse on one way to keep the desk clean in the 19th century American office.
Why Collect U.S. History?
Rare Books and Manuscripts
hy Collect U.S. History? Through 18th century and 19th century rare books and manuscripts, autograph letters, historical documents, ephemera and graphic Americana, we advocate collecting American history that is either: foundational, significant, documentary, unique or exceedingly unusual, or visually compelling, artifactual.
We believe you should collect, foremost, rare books and manuscripts, and things related, of historical value, in the context of U.S. history. You can collect marquee rare books of iconic Americana; that’s one tried and true method.
You can also build impressive collections of rare books, historical manuscripts, autograph material and ephemera —in any combination— of the unknown untold stories of American history still yet to be discovered. As examples, In 2012, as profiled in The New York Times, we offered a 19th century photograph album with albumen photographs of President Obama’s ancestors. An early 19th century manuscript register can provide important medical history about diseases, like smallpox, in America.
We buy and sell rare books and manuscripts we believe are worth being collected, studied or enjoyed. These artifacts could be a memento of a school in Texas for wayward children printed on silk, an archive of letters from an Indian Territory continued…
e keep a selection of imprints, manuscripts, photographs and ephemera to highlights the history of the American West, primary in the 19th century. Territorial imprints, overland narratives, mining history, histories of Native Americans, the political, cultural, economical history of the American West —all are within scope.