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Outstanding letter by Babe Ruth, in his magic year of 1927, when he hit 60 home runs, inviting the press to a pre-release showing of his starring role in his second major feature film, the silent film "The Babe Comes Home."  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.

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Latest Items Added April 26, 2017

Featured Collections

Autographs From the Estate of Llewellyn E. Thompson, Jr.,

The United States Ambassador to the Soviet Union Under Presidents Eisenhower, Kennedy, and Johnson

This outstanding Cold War collection of letters and documents has never before been offered for sale on the autograph market.  It contains letters from five American Presidents—Harry S. Truman, Dwight D. Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson, and Richard M. Nixon—as well as First Ladies Eleanor Roosevelt, Mamie Eisenhower, and Jacqueline Kennedy and others such as Robert F. Kennedy, Hubert H. Humphrey, Dean Rusk, and even Soviet Premier Alexei Kosygin.

Thompson was one of the greatest and most important American diplomats of the 20th Century.  He was the United States Ambassador to the Soviet Union at the height of the Cold War, under Eisenhower, Kennedy, and Johnson.  A man with velvet gloves but a backbone of steel, he played a critical role in dangerous times.  His advice to Kennedy as a member of the ExComm during the Cuban Missile Crisis was largely responsible for avoiding nuclear war with the Soviet Union.  He was also with Johnson at his 1967 summit with Kosygin at Glassboro, New Jersey, and advised Nixon on and represented the United States in the negotiations over the SALT I treaty.

Some of these items have been sold, but click here to see the remaining items from this special collection.


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 handwritten letters from Justices Stanley F. Reed and Wiley B. Rutledge, handwritten letters by Justices Harold H. Burton and Sherman Minton, two typed letters by Chief Justice Fred M. Vinson (1-4-1950 and 1-27-1950), typed letters by Justices Owen J. Roberts (with a handwritten note by Justice Clark) and James F. Byrnes, an extremely rare handwritten internal Court memorandum from Justice Harold Burton, internal handwritten notes from Chief Justice Charles Evans Hughes and Justices Joseph R. Lamar and James C. McReynolds, and a signature of Justice LamarPlease watch for more items from this collection or contact us to ask about other items.


Featured Items

1954 Supreme Court

Complete set of engraved Supreme Court cards signed by the Justices of the Warren Court who decided Brown v. Board of Education, the landmark school desegregation case, in 1954, unframed


Triple-Signed Masonic Certificate

Unique, outstanding association Masonic certificate signed by President Harry S. Truman, General Douglas MacArthur, and FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover, circa mid-1960s, framed


Gutzon Borglum

Fantastic signed inscription by Borglum, the creator of the Mount Rushmore sculpture, in The Undefeated, the story of Borglumʼs work on the Stone Mountain memorial, with accompanying inscription and signature by the Congressman who secured the first appropriation for Mount Rushmore


Fidel Castro

Castro signs, in person, a copy of the centerpiece of his revolutionary reforms:  the Cuban Agrarian Reform Act of 1959, with documents of provenance, unframed



Rare bold ink signature of the Apache Native American leader, signed in person at the 1904 Worldʼs Fair in St. Louis, unframed


Alfred Hitchcock

Extremely rare, excellent association autograph letter signed to actor Ray Bolger, the Scarecrow in The Wizard of Oz, extending an embarrassed dinner invitation, ca. 1948, unframed


Babe Ruth

In his magic year of 1927, when he would set the single-season home run record, the Bambino invites members of the press to a pre-release showing of his starring role in his second feature film, “The Babe Comes Home,” 4-20-1927, 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


Recent Additions

Pearl Bailey - beautiful 8” x 10” glossy publicity photograph of Bailey from the early 1970s, boldly signed, unframed

David J. Brewer - Justice Brewer writes a lyrical letter to Kansas students about those who settled the state, 5-28-1895, unframed

Blanche K. Bruce - crisp signature of the first African-American to serve a full term in the United States Senate, the first to receive votes at a major partyʼs national nominating convention, and the first to have his signature on U.S. currency, unframed

Warren E. Burger - beautiful formal portrait inscribed and signed to a federal appellate judge and dated as Chief Justice, 10-31-1981, matted

Samuel L. Clemens - Mark Twain - bold dual signatures, Saml L. Clemens / Mark Twain, on a card, perfect for framing

William O. Douglas - nice cacheted first-day cover honoring the 1950 National Capital Sesquicentennial, signed by Justice Douglas, unframed

Alexandre Dumas, fils - autograph note signed by the author of The Lady of CamelliasCamille—expressing his regret at missing a visitor, unframed

James A. Garfield - pristine signature on a crisp, white card, unframed

Hermann Göring - rare, poignant signed photo of Göring holding his infant daughter, Edda, before her christening, July 1938, unframed

Rutherford B. Hayes - beautiful bright purple fountain pen signature on a clean, white card, unframed

Herbert Hoover - outstanding signed speech in which Hoover warns students of the burden and the cost of defending liberty, unframed

Lyndon B. Johnson - eyeing a 1948 Senate run, LBJ thanks a friend and supporter for a newspapermanʼs report, 12-2-1947, unframed

Lyndon B. Johnson - LBJ praises his wife, Lady Bird, his caretaker as he recovers from a major heart attack, 9-1-1955, unframed

Estes Kefauver - excellent association letter by Kefauver to the editor of The Atlantic Monthly regarding the Dixon-Yates scandal and congressional investigative power, 8-8-1955, unframed

Douglas MacArthur - bold fountain pen signature of the five-star General on stationery of the Waldorf Astoria in New York, unframed

John McLean - McLean, as Associate Justice, writes to the cashier of the Bank of the United States in Philadelphia regarding his financial matters, 1-10-1840, unframed

Richard M. Nixon - first edition, first printing copy of Leaders, inscribed and signed to a friend, 1982

Richard M. Nixon - autograph letter signed thanking a friend for a gift of California navel oranges, 3-21-1988, unframed

Sam Rayburn - excellent World War II-dated letter in which the powerful Speaker of the House writes of the “marvelous and almost amazing” war production, 6-7-1943, unframed

William H. Rehnquist - virtually pristine engraved Supreme Court card, boldly signed in black, unframed

Roy Rogers and Dale Evans - very fine signatures of the Western film and television icons, framed with a publicity portrait of them with Rogersʼs famous horse, Trigger

Kurt von Schuschnigg - scarce signed postcard photograph of the Austrian chancellor who opposed Hitlerʼs takeover of Austria, unframed

William O. Stoddard - autograph letter signed by Stoddard, an accomplished author who had served as Abraham Lincolnʼs assistant secretary, to his publisher regarding two of his books, 5-29-1890, unframed

Harry S. Truman - first edition, first printing copy of Mr. President with uncommon inscription and signature to one of Trumanʼs relatives

Edward D. White - scarce autograph letter signed, as Associate Justice, responding to a studentʼs request, 5-31-1895, unframed

Charles Evans Whittaker - scarce typed letter signed by the former Supreme Court Justice sending a signed photo (not present), 2-17-1973, 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.

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.


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