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David J. Holmes Autographs



David J. Holmes began his career in 1972 in Boston. He worked from Hamilton, New York; dealing almost entirely in letters, manuscripts, archives and books in the field of 18th through 20th century English and American literature, with an emphasis on the period of 1840 to 1940. In addition, the company occasionally handled original artwork (usually illustrations for literary works), letters of English and American artists and illustrators, photographs of authors, and correspondence by playwrights and theatrical figures (mostly from the period prior to 1940). For the past 15 years, Sarah Holmes has joined her father in the business. David J. Holmes passed away in 2016.

Found in 5 Collections and/or Records:

Daniel Webster letter

Identifier: Mss 835560.1
Webster Mss 835560.1
Date(s): 1835-10-10
Content Description

Letter from Daniel Webster to Abbott Lawrence asking for Lawrence's help in selling house.

Daniel Webster letter

Identifier: Mss 842507
Webster Mss 842507
Date(s): 1842-03-07
Content Description

Letter from Daniel Webster to an unidentified recipient, thanking him for the "little book of poems." Comments on hobbling state of politics and party madness. Asks recipient to convey respects to Gov. Plumer.

Daniel Webster letter

Identifier: Mss 846178
Webster Mss 846178
Date(s): 1846-02-28
Content Description

Letter from Daniel Webster in Washington, DC to Mr. Sawyer, discussing and comparing different breeds of sheep. Sends regards to his Cincinnati friends, especially Mr. Bond.

David J. Holmes Autographs records

Identifier: ML-89
Date(s): 1997 to 2005
Scope and Contents

The records of David J. Holmes Autographs contain correspondence, inventory cards, financial documents, catalogues, consignments, appraisals, want lists and auction records chronicling the business from its inception in 1972. Of note are the materials related to George Sims and George Talbot Goodspeed. Some material related to photographer and illustrative designer Ellis Neel who worked for Holmes in the 1990s, is also included.

Papers relating to the Edward and Helen Thomas Window Fund

Identifier: MS-612
Date(s): 1968 to 1972

Edward and Helen Thomas Window Fund (1964-1972). The collection contains letters, soliciting aid and contributions for a window in the church in Eastbury, Berkshire, England, in honor of Helen and Edward Thomas.

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