Swann Galleries – Printed & Manuscript African American

February 29th, 2012 by

This year’s sale contains material related to slavery and abolition, Africa, art, Black Panthers, civil rights, education, Haiti, literature, military, music, religion, sports and more.

Highlights Include:

An archive of papers related to Dorothy Porter Wesley, spanning 90 years and in over 85 cartons, containing the noted scholar’s writings, research notes, manuscripts and ephemera.

Martin Luther King Jr.’s Stride Toward Freedom, The Montgomery Story, inscribed to Civil Rights advocate & Senator Paul H. Douglas, shown top left.

An album of photographs of the Tuskegee Airmen based in Italy, 1944-45.

She’s a Swell Plane – Give us More!, a war poster, circa 1944.

The original tally of votes for and against the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as taken on the floor of the Senate. Mounted on board with a typed note signed from Senator Claiborne Pell of Rhode Island, presenting the document to Clarence Mitchell.

Phillis Wheatley’s Poems on Various Subjects Religious and Moral, a first edition from the library of George W. Brinley.