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Historically vital letter by Secretary of State William Seward sending the Judge Advocate General certified copies of documents necessary to make the case against the Lincoln assassination conspirators a month into the trial, 6-13-1865.  Click the link in the Featured Items below.



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Scrawls, scribbles, and signatures are more than stains on a page.  Like snapshots, they capture moments, preserving the pieces of thought that form the grand puzzle of human experience.  They reveal the breadth and depth of personality and emotion. They are truly History In Ink.

“Men dont change, President Harry S. Truman observed.  The only thing new in the world is the history you dont know.  The letters, photographs, and documents of the famous and influential people of the past are great teachers.  The words and the handwriting connect us with yesteryear and bring history to life.

Presidents Franklin D. Roosevelt and John F. Kennedy, among others, collected historical letters and documents.  Queen Victoria was an avid autograph collector, and years later her great-grandson, King George VI, requested Trumans signature for his daughter, now Queen Elizabeth II.  Today there are thousands of autograph collectors worldwide.

We want to share with you the thrill of owning a genuine piece of history.  So please browse through our site.

New Items Added April 17, 2014


The Justice Tom C. Clark Collection

We are privileged to offer the personal autograph collection of Supreme Court Justice Tom C. Clark. Justice Clark served as Attorney General of the United States from 1945 to 1949, when President Harry S. Truman appointed him as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States.  Shortly after he arrived at the Court, Justice Clark began assembling a collection of autographs of Supreme Court Justices that included those of his colleagues and extended back into the 19th Century. The collection includes personal letters that Justice Clark received from other Justices, including those congratulating him on his appointment to the Court, and internal Supreme Court memoranda among the Justices—material that is extremely rare on the autograph market.  None of this material has ever been offered for sale before. 

click here to see the items that we are currently offering from the collection.  They include congratulatory letters from Justices Stanley F. Reed and Wiley B. Rutledge, an extremely rare handwritten internal Court memorandum from Justice Harold Burton and internal handwritten notes from Justices Howell E. Jackson and Joseph R. Lamar.  Please watch for more items from this collection or contact us to ask about other items.


Robert E.  Lee

Nice signed carte-de-visite by famed Civil War photographer Mathew Brady, unframed


Benjamin Franklin

Superb association document in which Franklin confers membership in the American Philosophical Society

on French Admiral Luc Urbain de Bouëxic, the Count de Guichen, who had served gallantly in support of the American cause

against Great Britain in the American Revolutionary War, 1-20-1786, unframed


William H. Seward

Historically superb letter by which Seward, as Secretary of State, sends vital certified copies of documents

for use as exhibits in the trial of the Lincoln assassination conspirators, 6-13-1865, unframed


Abraham Lincoln

Autographed Note Signed as President, directing the Judge Advocate General to investigate a case, 6-13-1863, unframed


Malcolm X

Superb candid autographed letter signed by Malcolm to a close friend,

mentioning efforts to kill him and his astounding metamorphosis from black militancy to racial harmony, 10-26-1964, unframed


Ronald Reagan

Handwritten notes for a Reagan speech about voluntary income tax withholding, written as Governor of California, unframed


Laura Ingalls Wilder

autographed note signed sending her autograph for inclusion in a book but explaining that,

because of her health, she no longer signs books, 6-6-1955, unframed


Recent Additions

33rd Congress - extraordinary autograph album  from the 33rd Congress containing the signatures of Presidents William Henry Harrison and Franklin Pierce and other prominent mid-19th Century personalities, including Jefferson Davis and members of the Confederate government, Texas giants Sam Houston and Thomas Jefferson Rusk, Chief Justice Salmon P. Chase, and Union and Confederate generals

George H. W. Bush - excellent association typed letter signed, as Vice President, emphasizing the importance of both Hispanics in the administration and of the United States’ relationship with the Spanish speaking countries, 2-19-1982, unframed

Dwight D. Eisenhower - the former President exercises “a bit of discretion” in declining comment on the pending Foreign Assistance Act, 8-4-1961, unframed

Dwight D. Eisenhower - outstanding letter in which former President Eisenhower denies supporting Henry Cabot Lodge over other Republicans in 1964 but, unwilling to take all the blame for his own suggestion that he did, gives the New York Times’ White House correspondent only a backhanded apology, 12-9-1963, unframed

Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. - uncharacteristically crusty letter by the noted physician and poet declining an invitation from the Womenʼs Christian Temperance Union, 1-4-1892, unframed

Sam Houston - magnificent bold hand-addressed envelope and free frank of the Texas giant, undoubtedly as United States Senator from Texas, unframed

O. O. Howard - very fine condition autographed letter signed by the Union general expressing his “strong desire” that God work in and through him, 1-22-1900, unframed

Abraham Lincoln - vellum 1864 military commission with an outstanding, bold signature of Lincoln, appointing a Captain in the United States Volunteers, accompanied by an 1866 Andrew Johnson facsimile signed commission for the same officer and a tintype photograph of him, unframed

Andrew W. Mellon - autographed letter signed by the former Secretary of the Treasury to a White House social secretary regarding her Cosmopolitan magazine article about the White House, 9-14-1932, unframed

Benito Mussolini and King Vittorio Emanuele III - clean, displayable vintage document, apparently a military promotion, boldly signed by both Mussolini and the King, 12-9-1926, unframed

Pastor Martin Niemöller - autographed letter signed on a postcard by the German anti-Nazi dissident sending birthday greetings to a friend, 6-15-1976, unframed

Richard M. Nixon - autographed note in which Nixon encourages work on a marker for the entrance drive to his birthplace, with the original blueprints, unframed

Ronald Reagan - handwritten notes for a Reagan speech about voluntary income tax withholding, written as Governor of California, unframed

Eleanor Roosevelt - excellent association typed letter signed in which Mrs. Roosevelt acknowledges “a most moving and a wonderful tribute” to the memory of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, 8-19-1961, unframed

Harry S. Truman - typed letter signed by the former President declining an invitation—and signing a period after his middle initial when his stationery omitted it, 8-31-1971

Harry S. Truman - place card of the New York Times’ White House correspondent from the 1947 White House press dinner, boldly inscribed and signed, unframed

Harry S. Truman with Choctaw and Chickasaw Native American Leaders - photograph of Oklahoma Choctaw and Chickasaw leaders, including three chiefs, in a 1946 Oval Office meeting with President Truman, signed by all, unframed

John Tyler - rare land document in which Tyler approves the transfer of land from a member of the Creek Indian tribe, 9-21-1841, unframed

John Wayne - boldly signed typed letter thanking a California senator for a framed copy of a resolution in Wayneʼs honor, 5-3-1977, unframed

Laura Ingalls Wilder - nice newly illustrated 1953 copy of Little House In the Big Woods with Wilderʼs full signature tipped in

Woodrow Wilson - magnificently signed Volume I of the limited Alumni Edition set of Wilsonʼs A History of the American People, with two additional unsigned volumes

Levi Woodbury - manuscript letter signed by Woodbury, as Andrew Jacksonʼs Secretary of the Navy, to future Jackson nemesis Nicholas Biddle, 2-21-1833, unframed

Here you will find History In Inkbeautifully framed and unframed letters, documents, and signed photographs as well as signed books and other autograph items.  You will also find much more:  Our listings include biographical information and often explain the historical context of the autograph item itself.  We also offer information on caring for historical autographs and links to several interesting and helpful web sites.

From one collector to another . . .

Franklin D. Roosevelt

History In Ink® offers a wide variety of historical autograph material, both framed and unframed, for sale in a broad range of prices.  We give you personal service to help you find just the right piece to help build your collection or give the perfect gift to a history buff.  If we do not have it in stock, we are always glad to help you find it. 

We specialize in the autographs of United States presidents and first ladies, Supreme Court justices, European royalty, and World War II military.  We also have items from many other notable persons in American and world history. Those include statesmen and world leaders; presidential cabinet officers; members of Congress; military figures from the Revolutionary War, Civil War, World War I, and other conflicts; artists; authors; inventors; scientists; aviators and astronauts; and personalities from law, business, politics, entertainment, and occasionally sports. 

We take care to make our framed displays some of the best—wonderful conversation pieces for the home or office.  They include one or more photographs or portraits and usually include one or more engraved plates identifying the person and, if appropriate, the event.  Most of our unframed items can also be framed.

We also offer several payment options to make it as easy as possible for you to build your collection or give the perfect gift.  We can ship both framed and unframed items virtually anywhere in the world.

We always enjoy talking about autographs, so please email us with your questions, comments, and suggestions.  Give us your wish list, and sign up for our email list so that we can tell you about new items as we offer them. 

Most of all, enjoy our site, breathe in the history, and come back often. 


We are always interested in buying quality historical autographs.  Click here.

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