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Pioneering nurse and humanitarian (1821-1912) who founded the American Red Cross. Civil War-dated ALS, two pages on two adjoining sheets, 5 x 8, January 8, 1865. Letter to General Benjamin F. Butler, about a surgeon, "a Native of Mississippi, a Natural Abolitionist" and a member of the Freedman's Bureau. In part: "Permit me to introduce to you my old time friend of all the war, Surgeon R. O. S…

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ALS signed “Your Affectionate Unworthy Father, John Brown,” one page, 8 x 12.5, July 27, 1853. Written from Akron, Ohio, a letter to his daughter Ruth, and her husband Henry Thompson, in full (spelling and grammar retained): “We received Ruth’s letter of the 19th inst. yesterday & were very glad of it. Hope we have some little gratitude to learn again of your welfare; …

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Three items associated with the Voting Rights Act of 1965: a 10-page official publication entitled "Public Law 89-110, 89th Congress, S. 1564, August 6, 1965: An Act," comprising the text of the act; a 19-page publication entitled "United States Commission on Civil Rights: The Voting Rights Act of 1965," Commission of Civil Rights (CCR) Special Publication, No. 4, comprising a printed copy of the…

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ALS signed “Fred'k Douglass,” one page, 5 x 8, March 31, 1877. Letter to attorney and pioneering civil rights activist Albion Tourgee, who would later litigate the landmark Plessy v. Ferguson case. In full: "I am thankful for your kind congratulations. I would write you a long letter if the pressure upon me during these final hours of my office were removed. You will take the …

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Father (1889-1980) of Jewish World War II diarist Anne Frank, and the only member of his family to survive the concentration camps. TLS, one page, 5.75 x 8.25, personal letterhead, November 3, 1979. Letter to Livros de Brasil, publishers of a Portuguese translation of The Diary of Anne Frank. In full: "Thank you for your letter of October 31 with enclosed cheque for which I thank you." In fine con…

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DS, signed “J.E.H.,” four pages, 8 x 7, December 13, 1951. Official United States Government office memorandum from FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover to Attorney General J. Howard McGrath, on the subject of "Dynamiting of Jewish Temples, Schools and Centers; Dynamiting of Carver Village, Miami, Florida, Civil Rights." Hoover attaches a two-page resolution adopted by Miami's City Counci…

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DS, signed “J.E.H.,” five pages, 8 x 10.5, January 8, 1952. Official United States Government office memorandum from FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover to Attorney General J. Howard McGrath, on the subject of "Harry T. Moore, et al.—Victims, Civil Rights." Hoover attaches a three-page press release by Mr. Walter White of the NAACP, sent to the FBI and released to newspapers. White con…

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TLS signed “Martin,” two pages, 7 x 10.5, personal letterhead, December 20, 1960. Letter to entertainer Sammy Davis, Jr., in full: "I have been meaning to write you for quite some time. A sojourn in jail and a trip to Nigeria among other tasks have kept me behind. When I solicited your help for our struggle almost two months ago, I did not expect so creative and fulsome a response. Al…

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TLS signed “Malcolm X,” four pages, 8.5 x 11, March 25, 1959. Letter to his prophet and teacher Elijah Muhammad, touching on deeply private subjects relating to his wife and marriage. Addressing the topic of his "down hill marriage," Malcolm recounts the dispassionate atmosphere surrounding his engagement to Betty Shabazz, the revelation that he may not have been ready for such a dome…

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Exceedingly rare Organization of Afro-American Unity (OAAU) membership card, 4 x 2.25, dated June 1964, signed below in ballpoint, “Malcolm X,” as chairman. Reverse of card is identified as “No. 1625,” and bears a “Self Defense” statement: “We assert and affirm the right of self-defense, which is one of the most basic human rights known to mankind.” In fine condition. The OAAU was founded by Ma…

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Three publications about Malcolm X: an issue of Ebony magazine from June 1969 with a cover story on "The Legacy of My Husband Malcolm X" by Betty Shabazz, 10 x 13.25, 182 pages; a pamphlet entitled "Myths About Malcolm X: Two Views" by Rev. Albert Cleage and George Breitman, third printing (June 1969), 5.5 x 8.5, 30 pages; a pamphlet entitled "Malcolm X: The Man and His Id…

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Extremely rare original program from the funeral of Malcolm X on February 27, 1965, twelve pages, 5 x 7.5, with the front cover reading: "In Memorium of Haj Malik Shabazz (the former Malcolm X) who died martyred for the cause of Islam and the enlightenment and uplifting of his people." The front cover is annotated in ballpoint with the date, with another notation blacked out. In fine condition. …

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Impressive official South African Post Office stamp booklet entitled "The many faces of Nelson Mandela," 7.25 x 3.75, signed on the front cover in black felt tip, "N. Mandela, 16.6.2002," and signed a remarkable seven times within, "N. Mandela." In fine condition.

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Commemorative cover, 7.5 x 4, with an attractive cachet honoring the presidential inauguration of Mandela on May 10, 1994, signed in black felt tip, "N. Mandela." The cover is also signed by Thabo Mbeki, Frederik Willem de Klerk, and cover designer Lisa van de Wal. Mounted and triple-matted to an overall size of 12.5 x 9.25. In fine condition.

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Exceptional glossy 16.5 x 12 photo of Nelson Mandela posing in his Robben Island jail cell, affixed to its original cardstock mount, signed on the mount in black felt tip, "N. Mandela." In fine condition. Accompanied by a full letter of authenticity from Beckett Authentication Services.  

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Title page removed from an Abacus edition of Long Walk to Freedom: The Autobiography of Nelson Mandela, 5 x 7.75, signed and inscribed in black felt tip in Afrikaans, "Aan Kapl. Prinsbo, Beste wense aan 'n hoogs bekwame ambtenaar [Best wishes to a highly competent official], N. Mandela, 31-1-97." In fine condition.

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Uncommon color 6.75 x 12 ballot for the 1994 Republic of South Africa general elections, signed in the upper border in black felt tip, "N. Mandela, 20.10.96." In fine condition. Mandela became the country's first black chief executive when his African National Congress won a sweeping victory in the South African general election of 1994.

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Color glossy 10 x 7.25 photo of Nelson and Winnie Mandela standing side-by-side with raised fists, not long after the former's release from prison, signed by both in black felt tip, "N. W. Mandela" and "N. R. Mandela, 9. 6. 90." In fine condition.

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Important Civil Rights legal complaint submitted by Thurgood Marshall and Robert Lee Carter, 19 mimeographed pages, 8.5 x 14, New York, [1955]. Complaint on the subject of "Discrimination Against Negro Employees In the Oil Refining Industry in Violation of Contractual Agreements With the United States Government," submitted to the "President's Committee on Government Contracts." Representing …

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Iconic original 14 x 22 poster for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) featuring an image taken by photographer Danny Lyon, with "Now" printed across the top in black block letters. Printed by the Lincoln Lithograph Company circa 1964, the image shows students singing freedom songs at the 1963 March on Washington, where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. gave his famous 'I Have a Dr…

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Two original magazines covering the tragic story of the Emmett Till lynching: an issue of Look from January 24, 1956, 10.5 x 13.25, 104 pages, with a piece entitled "The Shocking Story of Approved Killing in Mississippi" by William Bradford Huie, in which he interviewed Emmett Till’s killers and published their confession; and an issue of Confidential from May 1956, 8.5 x 11.25, 66 pages, w…

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DS in German and Hungarian, quickly signed by Wallenberg with an ink scribble (as he commonly did on documents of this type), one page, 8.25 x 13.25, September 15, 1944. Blue and gold two-language Schutz-Pass issued to Akos Balint. Upper left provides his personal information including his 1923 birth date, height, eye and hair color. Adjacent to his personal information is Balint's signature …

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ALS, one page, 7.5 x 11.5, February 23, 1820. Letter to General John Coffee, in part: "I have recd a letter from Mr. James Jackson advising me that you had been very much indisposed but had recovered your health, you must be more carefull than heretofore, your constitution, much like mine…exposure - we must content ourselves with things as they are, wind up our worldly concerns, & take care o…

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Lengthy ALS, twelve pages, 5.25 x 8.25, September 8 and 11, 1858. Written from Geneva, Switzerland, a letter to his former private White House secretary Sidney Webster, in part: "I received this morning the Courier of August 16th and have read your opinion upon the question of jurisdiction in the case of U.S. v. Peter Albert with much satisfaction. It is not nearly sound and well reasoned, but im…

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Partly-printed DS as president, one page, 8 x 10, April 8, 1861. President Lincoln directs the Secretary of State to "affix the Seal of the United States to the envelope of a letter addressed to His Majesty the Emperor of Russia (Mr. Appleton's recall)." In fine condition, with lightly trimmed edges. President Lincoln appointed Cassius Marcellus Clay to the post of US Minister to …

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Civil War-dated partly printed DS as president, one page, 17.75 x 12, January 22, 1862. President Lincoln appoints Robert H. Pruyn of New York to be "Minister Resident of the United States of America, to Japan." Signed crisply at the conclusion by Abraham Lincoln, and countersigned by Secretary of State William H. Seward. The lower left is embossed with the State Department seal, and the…

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Copper-plated bust of Abraham Lincoln in profile mounted on a wooden 8 x 11 frame, with label on the reverse: "From The Lincoln Home, Springfield, Ill.," signed by Custodian A. S. Edwards, May 18, 1910. Below is a letter transmitting this item to a Texas collector, with a note written in ink describing the piece: "'Lincoln' Head,' Cast iron - copper plated, Mfg. by Chicago Hardware Fo…

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Scarce lithographic broadside of the Emancipation Proclamation, 19 x 25.5, with "The original entirely designed and executed with a Pen by Gilman R. Russell," printed near the bottom, and printed by Duvall & Son in 1865. Broadside features a full-length image of Lincoln in the center, his right hand resting on the manuscript of the Proclamation. The entire Proclamation is printed beh…

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Partly-printed DS as president, one page, 8.5 x 11, June 23, 1868. In full: "I hereby authorize and direct the Secretary of State to affix the Seal of the United States to a Warrant for the pardon of George W. Wallingford, dated this day and signed by me and for so doing this shall be his warrant." Signed at the conclusion by Johnson. In fine condition.

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Partly-printed DS as president, signed “U. S. Grant,” one page, 7.5 x 9, November 12, 1874. President Grant directs the Secretary of State to "affix the Seal of the United States to a Warrant for the conditional pardon of Solomon Barth." Neatly and boldly signed at the conclusion by President Grant. Impressively triple-cloth-matted and framed with a portrait and a biography to an over…

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Ink signature, "U. S. Grant,” on an off-white 2.25 x .75 slip. Matted and framed with an engraved portrait bearing a facsimile signature to an overall size of 9.25 x 11.25. In fine condition.

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ALS, two pages on two adjoining sheets, 4 x 6, Sagamore Hill letterhead, November 9, 1898. Letter concerning a photograph, written the day after he had been elected Governor of New York. In full: "When I wrote you about Falk’s picture, I had not seen this one of Rockwood, which I prefer; so I will get you to put this one in. Can the stenographer come out here Friday?" In fine condition. Su…

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Impressive 10.5 x 13.5 print of a sketched portrait of Franklin Delano Roosevelt done by Russian-American artist Jacob H. Perskie for the 1932 presidential campaign, signed and inscribed along the bottom in fountain pen, "To Arthur Bellinger, with the regards of Franklin D. Roosevelt." Also features Perskie's facsimile signature in the lower right. Double-cloth-matted and framed with a plaque…

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DS, eight pages, 9.75 x 16 (with signed page trimmed to 9.75 x 7), January 19, 1931. As governor of New York, Roosevelt submits to the state legislature a summary of the recommendations of the St. Lawrence Power Commission. He points out that the Commission's finding that a dam can be built safely "is an outstanding vindication for those of us who have supported the project against the insidi…

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Typed biographical chronology of Franklin D. Roosevelt's life, totaling more than 425 pages, from the papers of documentary filmmaker Pare Lorentz. The timeline traces FDR's life from his birth in 1882 through his death in 1945, offering detailed—often day-by-day—insight into his childhood and upbringing, early life, career in politics, and presidential administration. Minor h…

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ALS, one page, 6.25 x 8, United States Senate letterhead, November 25, 1944. Letter to "Miss Taggart," in full: "Thanks very, very much for Stephen Bonsal's book 'Unfinished Business.' I shall read it with much interest. You and Mr. Taggart have made my stay here most pleasant. Hope you'll both call on us in Washington, when I'm really the V.P." In fine condition. When Truman…

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TLS as president, one page, 8 x 10.5, White House letterhead, October 30, 1947. Letter to Budget Bureau director James Webb. In full: "The Acting Secretary of State, in reporting to me on the progress made in examining the report submitted by the Paris Conference on European Economic Recovery and in the formulation of an Administration position with regard to this report, has expressed great appr…

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Hand-corrected partial draft of Dwight D. Eisenhower's last speech from his 1956 re-election campaign, two pages, 8 x 10.5, boasting nearly 50 words in Eisenhower's hand with numerous underlines, cross-outs, and circled words. Eisenhower would deliver this address to his supporters at the Philadelphia Convention Hall on November 1, 1956. At the top, he writes: "Mr. Chairman - Sen. Duff &a…

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ALS signed twice, “Jacqueline Kennedy, Mrs. John F. Kennedy,” one page, 6.5 x 8.5, personal letterhead, February 1, 1960. Letter to Bodley Gallery, a prominent NYC art dealer. In full: "I am writing to ask if you would be good enough to take back the A. Radloff painting of Eve which I bought from you in December. I would be most appreciative if you could refund me what I paid for it&m…

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ALS signed “Jackie,” one page both sides, 4.5 x 3.5, White House stationery card, no date. Letter to "Bob," Robert McNamara, President Kennedy's Secretary of Defense, in full: "The most marvelous Valentine I ever had! [Jackie draws a heart with arrow sketch] I may put it in Jack's museum—A whole year gone by and you remembered and can still hit the same jolly note as las…

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Amazing collection of five original vintage circa 1945 glossy candid photos, 3.5 x 5.25 and 5.25 x 3.5, portraying the 16-year-old Jacqueline Bouvier during the summer between terms at Miss Porter's School, believed to have been taken at The Homestead in Hot Springs, Virginia. Two of the photographs are well-composed portraits of Jacqueline, aptly capturing her radiant beauty; two show her at…

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Official White House photographer Cecil Stoughton's personal photo album containing 34 original vintage color 8 x 10 and 10 x 8 photos of the funeral ceremonies of President John F. Kennedy. The red calf leather photo album is stamped with decorative tooling on the front and back, with the spine stamped with Stoughton's initials, "CWS," and a title, "JFK Funeral, Nov. #1, 1963.” A s…

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TLS signed “John Kennedy,” one page, 8 x 10.5, United States Senate letterhead, June 6, 1957. Letter to Bascom N. Timmons, a White House Press correspondent who, in 1932, became President of the National Press Club. In full: "Many thanks for your letter of recent date addressed to my secretary. I certainly appreciate your thoughtfulness in writing and I want to thank you for your very…

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Color satin-finish 12 x 8 photo of the situation room during the raid on Osama bin Laden, signed in black felt tip by Joe Biden, Mike Mullen, John Brennan, Jim Clapper, William Daley, and Pete Souza. In fine condition.

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Appealing campaign sign from the 2020 Democratic presidential primary in New Hampshire, 22 x 14, signed and inscribed in black felt tip, "Lisa—Keep the faith! Joe Biden." In fine condition.

Sold For: $334 (w/BP) Auction #600 - January 13, 2021 View Details

Attractive campaign sign from the 2020 Democratic presidential primary in New Hampshire, 22 x 14, prominently signed and inscribed in black felt tip, "Steve—Keep the faith, Joe Biden." The sign boasts the slogan, "NH for Biden." Biden's facsimile signature in white is featured in the upper left corner. In fine condition.

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Color satin-finish 8 x 10 photo of Senator Biden in a suit and tie, signed in silver ink, "Joe Biden, USS, 90." In very fine condition.

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Two items: a first edition of the book Promise Me, Dad, hardcover with dust jacket, published by Flatiron Books in 2017, signed on the first free end page in black felt tip by Joe Biden; and a glossy 8 x 10 photo of Senator Biden in a suit and tie, signed in silver ink, "Best Wishes, Joe Biden, USS, 1993." In overall fine condition.

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