Collectors as Caretakers of History

A remarkable Lincoln document that Illinois’ Governor and First Lady recently donated to the Lincoln Presidential Library was once in the private collection of...

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The Bicentennial of Lafayette’s Celebrated Return to the United States: 1824-25

This Year Marks 200 Years Since the Marquis de Lafayette’s Celebrated Farewell Tour, and Raab is Exhibiting Two Great Lafayette Letters Including One Written...

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Behind a Discovery: The First Case of the Lincoln-Herndon Law Partnership

How We at Raab Investigate Objects Whose Stories Have Otherwise Been Lost to History   Earlier this year, we acquired a collection that included...

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Steven Raab Remembers the Great Autograph Dealers

I entered the autograph field in 1985, a complete novice. The lay of the land was much different than it is today. It was...

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Steven Raab Recollects on How He Founded a Historical Documents Business 35 Years Ago

In 1985 my wife bought me a check signed by Orville Wright. I had no idea there was a market for autographs like that,...

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Behind a Discovery: Lafayette’s Great Tour in 1824-25

How the Marquis de Lafayette’s Own Words Provided Clues to Understand This Powerful Memento of His Triumphant Return to the Country he Helped Found...

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Behind a Discovery: Deciphering a Significant Manuscript of Western European History

How We at Raab Investigate Objects Whose Stories Have Otherwise Been Lost to History   Some documents have historical value because of the person...

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Behind a Discovery: Benjamin Franklin in Paris, 1777

In his book, The Hunt for History, Nathan Raab tells a riveting tale of researching, authenticating, and selling a remarkable historical document signed by...

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Behind a Discovery: Lincoln’s Clemency, 1863

A letter from one the great autograph dealers of the past offers a note on provenance   The Raab Collection recently acquired an important...

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Close-up on Rare Lincoln Documents as “Manhunt” Debuts on Apple TV

The new historical drama series, Manhunt, prompts us to consider historical documents that illuminate the infamous events and people depicted in the show  ...

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