Printed & Manuscript African Americana

Swann Galleries held the first sale dedicated to Printed & Manuscript African Americana in 1996 to establish a market for material from this rich but widely-neglected history. The department has established strong auction records for figures such as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and W.E.B. Du Bois, and, as the only major auction house with a department devoted to the field, has been instrumental in codifying the genre.

The top sale in the department was a previously unrecorded photograph of Harriet Tubman from a carte-de-visite album compiled in the 1860s, which reached $161,000 in March 2017. Additional highlights include the original artwork for A Night-Club Map of Harlem, by E. Simms Campbell, purchased by an institution in March 2016 for $100,000. 

Specialists

David Rivera

Administrator
(212) 254-4710 ext. 13

Rick Stattler

Director, Books & Manuscripts
(212) 254-4710 ext. 27

Department ScheduleSee Past Auctions

Sep 217:00PM ET

Swann Salon Series: Printed & Manuscript Americana

Join us on Monday, September 21 at 7PM ET with Americana specialist Rick Stattler, who will share stories about his favorite items in the upcoming sale, and answer questions you may have about the catalogue or auctions. Register Here

Spring 2021

Printed & Manuscript African Americana

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