University Archives’ Oct. 18 Online Auction features Items Signed by History’s Brightest Luminaries



The 430-lot auction features superb items from U.S. Presidential & First Families, Early America, Science, Literature, World Leaders/International, Military, Music, Art, Sports and more.

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Wilton, CT, Oct 8, 2023 — Two items signed by renowned physicist Albert Einstein (a typed letter signed and a signed photograph), a four-page autograph letter from 1794 signed by First Lady Martha Washington mentioning her husband as “the President”, and a first edition copy of black slave and poet Phillis Wheatley’s 1773 book Poems on Various Subjects, Religious and Moral, are just a few of the many desirable and highly collectible items up for bid in University Archives’ online-only auction planned for Wednesday, October 18th.

The Rare Autographs, Manuscripts, Books & Sports Memorabilia auction will start promptly at 11 am Eastern time. All 430 lots in the catalog are up for viewing and bidding now – on the University Archives website: – as well as on, and Telephone and absentee bids will also be accepted.

“Our October auction offers an outstanding opportunity to acquire the exact historical item you are looking for,” said John Reznikoff, president and owner of University Archives. “We have it all, from historical documents, autographed material, rare books, photographs, and artwork, to ephemera, relics, and sports memorabilia. The sale is particularly strong in U.S. Presidential & First Families, Early America and Science.”

Mr. Reznikoff added, “We created a subgrouping within the Science category inspired by Christopher Nolan’s film Oppenheimer, including numerous items related to Physics, World War II and the Atomic Age. Items are signed by Albert Einstein, Richard Feynman and Leslie Groves, the director of the Manhattan Project. We hope everyone can join us on the 18th.”

For more information about University Archives and the online-only Rare Autographs, Manuscripts, Books & Sports Memorabilia auction scheduled for Wednesday, October 18th at 11 am Eastern time, please visit Updates are posted frequently.