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Nice signed photograph of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a key figure in the women's rights and gender equality movement, signed early in her Supreme Court tenure.  See the listing for Ginsburg and many other Justices on our Supreme Court page.



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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 Truman's 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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Featured Items

John F. Kennedy

A new discovery nearly 60 years after the assassination of President Kennedy:  the last color photograph of JFK before he left Andrews Air Force Base on his fatal trip to Texas on November 21, 1963

John F. Kennedy

Typed Senate letter in which JFK seeks to have The Atlantic Monthly publish an excerpt from his “forthcoming book” Profiles in Courage, likely secretarially signed, 8-16-1955, unframed



Aaron Burr

Rare, likely unique, bill of exchange representing financing for Burr’s alleged treasonous scheme to sever American territory for a new country under his own rule, 9-17-1806, unframed


Madame Chiang Kai-shek Archive

We are privileged to offer an archive of personal letters by Madame Chiang Kai-shek spanning the years from 1959 to 1975.  The letters range from routine to outstanding political and philosophical content.  Madame Chiang remains as relevant and popular as she was when she died at age 105 in 2003.  Click here to see them on our World History page, or Contact Us to inquire.


Ernest Hemingway

Hemingway signs a photo to one of his hosts during his 1959 trip to Spain to gather new material on bullfights, which led to his last published work before his death, Life magazine’s “The Dangerous Summer,” unframed


Learned Hand

Previously unoffered archive of drafts of Hand’s remarks at the dedication of a bust of Supreme Court Justice Felix Frankfurter at Harvard Law School, expressing Hand’s own view of the proper role of a judge, 1960, unframed


Ronald Reagan

Outstanding political typed letter signed, dated the day after President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution, discussing the effect of Johnson’s show of force in Vietnam on the 1964 presidential campaign, 8-11-1964, unframed


Ronald Reagan

In his only letter with racist terms ever to come on the market, Reagan calls “the black community” the “enemy,” 5-8-1978, unframed


Laura Ingalls Wilder and Almanzo J. Wilder

Exceptional archive of contracts and deeds for the sale of Rocky Ridge Farm, where Laura wrote all of the Little House books, unframed


Recent Additions

1776 Connecticut Revolutionary War Pay Warrant - in the crucial year of 1776, the Connecticut committee authorizes payment for caring for a sick soldier in General Israel Putnam’s regiment, unframed

Chester A. Arthur - beautiful engraved Executive Mansion vignette card signed with Arthur’s flamboyant signature, unframed

Salmon P. Chase - autograph letter signed in which the Chief Justice sends “real regret that I found myself obliged to remain in Wash[ington],” perhaps because of the impeachment trial of President Andrew Johnson, 6-24-1868, unframed

Frances Folsom Cleveland - very nice signed Executive Mansion card, unframed

Grover Cleveland - signed Executive Mansion card likely from Cleveland’s first term, unframed

Dwight D. Eisenhower - photo signed as President to the Ward Master at Walter Reed General Hospital following Eisenhower’s urgent abdominal surgery in June 1956, unframed

Dwight D. Eisenhower - presidential letter by Eisenhower during his recuperation from abdominal surgery to the Ward Master at Walter Reed General Hospital, where Eisenhower was treated, 7-14-1956, unframed

Mamie Eisenhower - typed letter signed as First Lady thanking the Ward Master at Walter Reed Army Hospital for his and the staff’s help during her hospitalization for a hysterectomy, 8-30-1957, unframed

Charles W. Fairbanks - scarce handwritten letter by Theodore Roosevelt’s Vice President commending “the Golden Rule as a rule of action,” 5-17-1898, unframed

Gerald R. Ford - as the Minority Leader of the House of Representatives, Ford writes of his support for changing the electoral college system, 7-2-1968, unframed

Gerald R. Ford - Easton Press special leather-bound edition of President Ford’s autobiography, A Time to Heal

Walther Funk and Richard Walther Darré - important association Nazi Party biography of Funk, Nazi Minister for Economic Affairs, with Funk’s letter sending it to Darré, Nazi Minister of Food and Agriculture, who has signed and dated the book

James A. Garfield - autograph note signed early in the pivotal year of 1876, when Garfield’s political power was on the rise, 2-25-1876, unframed

John Glenn - vintage signed photograph of Glenn in his silver Mercury astronaut spacesuit with an early form of his signature, unframed

Warren G. Harding - The White House card attractive for framing with a nicely centered black ink Harding signature, unframed

William Henry Harrison - partial autograph letter signed in which Harrison, the 1840 Whig presidential candidate, suggests funding to spread the circulation of a friendly newspaper, which some of his supporters in Congress abused their franking privilege to mail free, ca. 1840, unframed

Ulrich von Hassell - rare signed book from the personal library of the Nazi diplomat, a dissident executed for his role in the assassination attempt on Hitler, boldly signed by von Hassell with his handwritten note about how he received it, and with his personal bookplate affixed below his handwriting and signature

Lucy Webb Hayes - extremely rare signed Executive Mansion card, unframed

Howard Hughes, Sr. - autograph letter signed by the father of the reclusive billionaire to the corporate secretary of his company, 3-28-1916, unframed

George C. Marshall - mezmerizing signed portrait of Marshall, as a five-star general, by famed photographer Philippe Halsman, unframed

Queen Mary of Teck - early autograph letter signed in which the future British queen, consort of George V, asks for help with a garden party for friends and neighbors, unframed

Golda Meir - 8” x 10” photograph of Meir answering reporters’ questions in Los Angeles as part of her official 12-day visit to the United States as Israeli Prime Minister, unframed

Sir Oswald Mosley - in the midst of the Great Depression, the British politician, soon to turn fascist, says that he may speak on “The Economic Position of Britain,” 1-9-1931, unframed

Gamal Abdel Nasser - early letter by Nasser, sending his autograph, three years after the revolution that overthrew Egyptian King Farouk I, 5-11-1955, unframed

Sandra Day O’Connor - beautiful, boldly signed official 8” x 10” glossy color portrait of Justice O’Connor, unframed

Ronald Reagan - captivating glossy black-and-white photo of a grinning Reagan, nicely inscribed and signed, unframed

Eleanor Roosevelt - virtually pristine free-franked envelope with Mrs. Roosevelt’s full signature, “Anna Eleanor Roosevelt,” 2-24-1949, unframed

Harry S. Truman - beautifully framed Senate letter in which Truman sends condolences to a Kansas City widow on her husband’s death, 3-10-1936

Queen Victoria - letter to The Queen from Field Marshal Henry Hardinge, 1st Viscount Hardinge, with Queen Victoria’s signature approving his proposed appointment of a Major General as commandant in the Royal Regiment of Artillery, 3-12-1852, unframed

Laura Ingalls Wilder - receipts written and signed by Laura Ingalls Wilder for payments on the sale of the Wilders’ Rocky Ridge Farm, unframed


Featured Collections


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 a congratulatory handwritten letter from Justice Stanley F. Reed, two typed letters by Chief Justice Fred M. Vinson (1-4-1950 and 1-27-1950), extremely rare handwritten internal Court memoranda from Justice Harold Burton to Justice Clark and between Justices Clark and Reed regarding cases, internal handwritten notes from Chief Justice Charles Evans Hughes and Justice James C. McReynolds, an official Supreme Court document signed by Justice Willis Van Devanter, and signatures of Justices Joseph R. Lamar, McReynolds, and Mahlon Pitney.


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 had never before been offered for sale on the autograph market until we offered it.  It contained 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.

click here to see the remaining items from this special collection.


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 American Revolutionary War, Civil War, Spanish-American War, World War I, and other conflicts; artists; authors; inventors; scientists; aviators and astronauts; and personalities from law, business, politics, vintage entertainment, and occasionally vintage 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. 

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