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Bob Dylan's Handwritten Lyrics For Sale
University Archives' upcoming online sale on January 23 features handwritten lyrics from Bob Dylan, presidential memorabilia from Washington to Bush, and much more.
Digging into the Archive!
Items signed by John Hancock and other Declaration luminaries in University Archives’ Sept. 26th auction.
University Archives, August 22nd; Holabird Western Americana Collections, August 24th-26th
Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers, June 23rd; University Archives, June 20th
Small Traditions, May 5th; University Archives, May 8th; Holabird Western Americana, May 7th-10th

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Lee Harvey Oswald. Rare ALS from Minsk to his mother re return to
Warren Commission Exhibit No. 240. Lee Harvey Oswald writes his mother on verso of a May Day color postcard as he awaits his wife's U.S. visa to enter the USA Autograph Letter Signed "Love xxx / Lee," [Minsk], May 10. 1962, on verso of a 5.75" x 4" color May Day postcard with an atomic energy theme, addressed by Lee Harvey Oswald to his mother "U.S.A. / Vernon, Texas / Box 982 / Mrs. M. Oswald." The address has been crossed out in pencil and forwarded to "c/o John E Long / Box 473 / Crowell Tex." Oswald has written his return address, where requested, at the bottom "Ul Kommunidstecheski / D. 4 Kb 24." Signing "A. Oswald." He was "Alek" in Russia. Three different Soviet stamps postmarked in Minsk. Minor flaws. Penciled at top edge "Ex 240" unknown hand. Warren Commission Exhibit No. 240. Pictured on page 680 of Volume XVI of the Warren Commission Hearings. Fine condition.In full, as written, not corrected,"Dear Mother. Well theres nothing much new. we are just waiting for the Embassy to finish up the paper work and give us the word they are very slow about it. weather here is good June is getting big. Marina is O.K. and so am I. Will write when something new comes up. Love XXX Lee." Marina and LeeÍs daughter June was born three months earlier, on February 15, 1962.Marguerite Oswald, on February 10, 1964, her first day of testimony before the Warren Commission, testified that "I received a speedletter from the State Department stating that Lee would leave Moscow, and how he would leave and arrive in New York ? on June 13, 1962. I was on a case in Crowell, Tex. I am a practical nurse. And I was taking care of a very elderly woman, whose daughter lived in Fort Worth, Tex. So I was not able to leave and meet Lee. Robert, his brother, met him, and Lee went to Robert's home?"A June 14, 1962, New York State Department of Welfare memorandum from Mrs. Janet Ruscoll to Virginia James, Subject: repatriation from U.S.S.R., was a Warren Commission Exhibit. In part, "We understand Mr. Oswald had been in the U.S.S.R. for the last two and one-half years and that his wife is Russian. The family ? will be eligible under the repatriation program ? The family was considered destitute although they had paid part of their passage, but may need help in going to Texas if the relatives are unable to pay passage. The address for Mr, Oswald's mother, Mrs. Margurette Oswald, is Box 473, 316 East Donnell, Crowell, Texas, [the forwarding address on this postcard] She is said to be interested but the extent of her help and interest is unknown?" Coincidently, on the day Oswald wrote this postcard, May 10, 1962, Joseph P. Norbury, American Consul at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow, wrote Oswald, in part, "I am pleased to inform you that the Embassy is now in a position to take final action on your wifeÍs visa application. Therefore, you and your wife are invited to come to the Embassy at your convenience?" From the Warren Report: "The Oswalds were notified on December 25, 1961, that their requests for exit visas had been granted by Soviet authorities. Marina Oswald picked up her visa, valid until December 1, 1962, on January 11, 1962. Oswald did not pick up his visa until May 22 [after Marina had received her visa from the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service] ? Because his exit visa had a 45-day expiration time after date of issuance, Lee Oswald delayed picking it up until he knew when he was leaving. He could not arrange a departure date until he received permission from the Department of State in May to return to the United States." From the collection of Dr. John K. Lattimer (1914-2007). The family of President John F. Kennedy chose Dr. Lattimer to be the first nongovernmental medical specialist to review evidence in Kennedy's assassination. On January 7, 1972, at the National Archives, Dr. Lattimer examined 65 X-rays, color transparencies, and black-and-white negatives taken during Kennedy's autopsy, concluding, according to The New York Times that "they ?eliminate any doubt completely? about the validity of the Warren Commission's conclusion that Lee Harvey Oswald fired all the shots that struck the President." University Archives
President and Mrs. Ronald Reagan porcelain pill box - owned and used!
Reagan Ronald 1911 - 2004 President and Mrs. Ronald Reagan spectacular porcelain pill box - owned, used, and almost certainly photo ID'ed in the White House! Designer Halcyon Days porcelain enameled pillbox. 2.5" in diameter by 1" in height. Additional Christie's lot sticker and University Archives authentication tag hand numbered and signed by John Reznikoff. Fine condition.A lovely, very personal, and historically important piece, owned by the Reagans and on spectacular display both in the White House and in their home in Bel Air. Nancy was very particular with creating a perfect and well decorated environment for the White House, and home for themselves. Her flair for decorating, entertaining and hosting transformed the aura of style and sophistication to the White House. "She felt the White House should exemplify the best," said Mark Weinberg, who worked on Ronald Reagan's campaigns, in the White House Press Office. The Reagans were also ardent collectors, and Nancy loved to display their collections. The love for lavish pill boxes was apparent as they had them prominently arranged on a table as shown in the image below. A very lovely piece with a hand painted floral bouquet on the lid, signed by the designer/painter, Shireen Faircloth.The Reagan auction saw record prices for a celebrity including about $200,000 for cowboy boots and $100,000 for a sheet of Presidential doodles. This incomplete set was purchased with the hopes that individual items could be offered, so as to share something intimate, private and Presidential with clients who might not wish to own a large group. The Reagans entertained a regalia of people at their home ranging from Heads of State and Politicos to the glitterati friends from the Hollywood days. University Archives
Henry David Thoreau. An original page from his original draft his
A lengthy passage from an early draft of Thoreau's Cape Cod, with 145 words about Provincetown in his hand, fulfilling one of the great declarations he made in Walden: "Man can never have enough of nature."Autograph Manuscript, 1 page, 7.5" x 9.75", [Concord, Massachusetts, c. October 1849], being a leaf bearing an early draft of a passage from his book, Cape Cod. The manuscript has been laid-in to a larger sheet, which in turn has been tipped in the first volume of The Writings of Henry David Thoreau (Boston and New York: Houghton Mifflin and Company, 1906), 20 volumes, octavo, bound in green cloth with paper labels affixed to spines. Limited "Manuscript Edition," hand numbered as 544 of 600 editions printed. Boards toned at edges, spines cracked but intact, pages largely uncut and toned at ragged edges. The manuscript which accompanies the book set bears 145 words in Thoreau's hand which he most likely wrote during the first of four trips he made to Cape Cod between 1849, and 1857. Only four articles from that work appeared in print during Thoreau's lifetime?published in the summer and early fall of 1855 in Putnam's Monthly Magazine. The balance appeared in print in 1865: two years following Thoreau's death, edited by his sister Sophia. The manuscript passage reads, in most part: "So we went on to Race Point the extremity of the Cape - & finally to Provincetown at night _ where the mackerel fleet had arrived before us and we counted 200 goodly looking schooners at anchor in the harbor ? the same which we had now ? yes black ships under bare poles[.] This was that city of canvas which we had seen hull down in the horizon. After spending a day in the desert behind Provincetown?which I have no time to describe we returned to Boston in the steamer. So we took leave of Cape Cod and its inhabitants. For the most part we saw only the back sides of the towns, but our story is true as far as it goes, and let not the inhabitants take offence [sic] because the whole is not told. We cannot say how their towns look in the face to one ..." In the manuscript, Thoreau continually uses the pronoun "we", referring to a friend and walking companion, William Ellery Channing, who accompanied the author on his first visit to the Cape in October 1849. The pair travelled by rail to Sandwich, where they disembarked to hike northward along the beaches to Provincetown. (Hence they were only able to observe the "back sides of the towns" as noted in the present manuscript). Thoreau and Channing then returned to Boston on the steamer from Provincetown, as noted in Thoreau's manuscript passage. Only portions of this draft appear in the final work published in 1865. His initial impressions of the great mackerel fleet survive in the most intact state: "The mackerel fleet had nearly all got in before us, it being Saturday night, excepting that division which had stood down towards Chatham in the morning; and from a hill where we went to see the sun set in the Bay, we counted two hundred goodly looking schooners at anchor in the harbor at various distances from the shore, and more were yet coming round the Cape. As each came to anchor, it took in sail and swung round in the wind, and lowered its boat. They belonged chiefly to Wellfleet, Truro, and Cape Ann." This passage appears on page 198 in volume four of the present set of books. Thoreau's likening of the great beaches on the Cape to a vast desert is a continual refrain throughout Cape Cod, especially the vast expanse of beach north of Provincetown?a characterization strikingly apt to anyone who has visited the dunes of the northern Cape. Literary scholar Philip F. Gura observed that Cape Cod has, at its "center Thoreau's encounters with the wilderness he so movingly describes in the penultimate chapter of Walden, where he speaks of man to 'need to witness [his] own limits transgressed.' 'Man can never have enough of nature,' he observes, and 'must be refreshed buy the sight of inexhaustible vigor, vast and Titanic features, the seacoast with its wrecks, the wilderness with its living and its decaying trees, the thunder cloud, and the rain which lasts three weeks and produces freshets.'" Gura concludes, "Thoreau's accounts ? thus can be read as elaboration ? indeed, as further considerations ? of the Walden experience." (Philip F. Gura, "'A wild, rank place': Thoreau's Cape Cod," Joel Myerson, ed. The Cambridge Companion to Henry David Thoreau, 1995, p. 148). University Archives
Unique Woodrow Wilson signed Manchester, England program less than
Wilson Woodrow 7pp printed and stapled booklet signed by 28th U.S. President Woodrow Wilson (1856-1924) in black pen as ?Woodrow Wilson? in upper left corner of ?Official Programme? commemorating Wilson?s visit to Manchester, England on December 28-29, 1918. The ?n? of Wilson?s signature runs into one of two Manchester Coats of Arms featured on the program; a unicorn and lion rampant framing a heraldic shield and bearing the motto ?Concilio et Labore? appear on the cover and title page. The booklet is in very good to near fine condition, with expected wear including minor creases and light finger soiling, each page measuring 6? x 9.5?. To celebrate the recent declaration of Armistice on November 11, 1918, and hammer out the details of the peace treaty, Wilson traveled to Great Britain in late 1918. Wilson arrived on December 16th, visiting London and Carlisle, and meeting with King George V (1865-1936) and British Prime Minister David Lloyd George (1863-1945). Lord Mayor of Manchester John Makeague (term 1918-1919) issued this program a few days in advance of Wilson?s arrival to his city. The Henry Blacklock & Co. Ltd. Printers (Manchester) program outlines the sitting U.S. President?s itinerary. He was to arrive in the central English industrial center on Sunday night, and visit the Town Hall, Free Trade Hall, and Manchester Ship Canal Docks the next day. The highlight of the Manchester visit would be the presentation of the Honorary Freedom of the City award to Wilson, where he also delivered a short speech that morning. In the speech, Wilson emphasized a policy of mutual trust and friendship between the United States and Great Britain so that principles could be upheld in a world newly imbued with a ?keen international consciousness?. Wilson said: ?You know that the United States has always felt from the very beginning of her history that she must keep herself separate from any kind of connection with European politics, and I want to say very frankly to you that she is not now interested in politics?. As this sentiment seemed a little contradictory -- considering that Wilson went to France to negotiate the six-month-long Treaty of Versailles the next month -- he clarified that the United States was, however, interested in keeping peace in Europe and in the world. Wilson left England and met with Italian religious and secular leaders before traveling to France in January 1919. Besides a brief trip to the United States in February, Wilson ironed out the Treaty of Versailles with Allied leaders until June 1919. Just four months later, on October 2, 1919, Wilson suffered a devastating stroke while he was on tour promoting his new League of Nations. His health never recovered. Woodrow Wilson was a classically educated university professor and administrator with a passion for political science entered politics in 1910. After a two-year stint as Governor of New Jersey, Wilson was elected President. He would lead the country until 1921. University Archives
Meyer Lansky Tells His Daughter
Lansky Meyer \n\nMeyer Lansky Tells His Daughter, ?don?t worry about me being here life is a risk where ever you are??\n\nAutograph Letter Signed ?Dad,? one page, 8.5? x 10.75?. Herzlia, Israel, October 8, 1970. To Meyer Lansky?s daughter Sandra Lombardo, with original mailing envelope addressed by Lansky. On verso of Sharon Hotels stationery. Light offset of plastic tape from verso of envelope. Fine condition.\n\nIn part, ?Saturday is Yom Kippur the only thing that will move the Birds. Everything will be closed. You do get room service which is good enough fopr me but I have made preporations [sic long before I knew about room service. My Ulcers couldn?t hold out that long ? All is well and don?t worry about me being here life is a risk where ever you are?? He adds ?P.S. Unless something g urgent don?t bother sending Special delivery?\n\nRobert Lacey in ?Little Man: Meyer Lansky and the Gangster Life? (Boston: Little, Brown & Company, 1991) writes, ?In 1964, Meyer?s old friend Doc Stacher had avoided the worst consequences of a conviction for tax evasion by consenting to deportation and going to Israel to live. In July 1970, Meyer Lansky decided not to wait for the conviction ? or anything else ? Lansky landed in Israel on July 27, 1970 ? He wanted to stay in Israel ? and he wanted to live there not as a visitor, but as an Israeli citizen.?\n\nOn December 7, 1970, Lansky requested Israeli citizenship under Israel?s Law of Return which gives any Jew the right to be granted Israeli citizenship. However, it denies citizenship to a Jew ?with a criminal past, likely to endanger the public welfare.? In March 1971, Lansky was charged with being involved in a conspiracy to skim from the Flamingo Hotel, his old Las Vegas venture with Bugsy Siegel. In May, Lansky?s U.S. passport was revoked and in September, his application for Israeli citizenship was denied. ?Meyer Lansky v. the State of Israel? was heard before the Israeli Supreme Court and on September 11, 1972, the court ruled unanimously against Lansky. After trying to find refuge outside the United States, on November 7, 1972, Meyer Lansky returned to Miami and was promptly arrested by FBI agents aboard the plane.\n\nIn a 1988 interview with Robert Lacey, Anna Strasberg revealed that Meyer Lansky had phoned her husband, Lee Strasberg who was nominated for the 1975 Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for the role of Hyman Roth in ?The Godfather, Part II.? With her husband?s knowledge, Anna listened in on the extension. Lansky said, ?You did good.? Lee replied, ?Thank you. I tried.? Lansky added, almost with a sense of humor according to Anna, ?Now, why couldn?t you have made me more sympathetic? After all, I am a grandfather.?\n\nWE PROVIDE IN-HOUSE SHIPPING WORLDWIDE. University Archives
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