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We build museum quality collections of historical autographs, manuscripts, letters, art & rare books

About Us

Kaller Historical Documents, Inc. has been in business since 1990. We are the industry leader in building museum quality collections of historic manuscripts, letters, art, rare books, and other historical artifacts. We have acquired thousands of historically significant items for our clients, many of which are currently housed in major museums. We acted as exclusive agent for the Gilder Lehrman Collection that is currently on exhibit at the New York Historical Society. We help our clients capture the inspiration, the ideas, and the moments that shaped the modern world.

Whether you are an individual seeking to develop a private collection, a corporation looking to have your name immortalized by purchasing a historical document and exhibiting it as part of your public relations, or an institute in need of expert collection management, we can handle all aspects of your development process. As our client, you will know the joy born of a perfectly assembled and efficiently managed collection. We are experts in the field: Let us build your collection.

We appeared in "The Guinness Book of World Records" in 1995 for the highest price for a manuscript in the United States: "On 16 December 1992, a Lincoln manuscript was sold for $1.54 million. The one page script was written in preparation for a speech. It is the first surviving formulation of his 'House Divided' doctrine, written in the winter of 1857 or 1858. The manuscript has been bought by Kaller Historical Documents" for the Gilder Lehrman Collection.  Other notable acquisitions include The Emancipation Proclamation, an original copy of the Declaration of Independence, and many space related artifacts and documents.

Our Services

Individual sales:
    We have hundreds of one of a kind historical items available for the individual collector. 
    We have museum quality collections for individuals, corporations, & foundations.

Acquisition and Collection Management Program:

    Pre-acquisition research
    Physical inspection and purchasing
    Coordination with authenticators and conservators
    Inventory and accounting reports
    Consultation with architects and decorators
    We can handle all related arrangements for you, your corporation or foundation

Agent Services:
     We represent clients at auction and private treaty.
     We act with discretion befitting our clients, to maximize acquisitions at the most reasonable price.

About Our Inventory

Our recent inventory purchases have been through major auction houses. We are currently not buying items from individuals or third parties.

When an item we represent is being sold at auction, we refer all inquiries to that auction firms PR department.

We stand behind the authenticity of all our properties, whether it's a single item or an entire collection.


We do not offer appraisal services. To have your item appraised, contact:
Christie's Books and Manuscript Department at (212) 636-2000.
Sotheby's Books and Manuscript Department at (212) 606-7385. 

Noteworthy Historical Sale

    Abraham Lincoln to the “Other Mary” in His Life: One of Lincoln’s Most Famous and Revealing
    Personal Letters. Acquired from the Forbes Collection auction at Christie's. Sold to our client, the  
    Gilder Lehrman Collection.

   "Whatever woman may cast her lot with mine, should any ever do so, it is my intention 
    to do all in my power to make her happy and contented... My opinion is that you had
    better not do it."

Memberships Include:
Association for Documentary Editing
National Archives Trust
Industry Council for Tangible Assets

Kaller Historical Documents, Inc.
P.O. Box 384
Marlboro, NJ 07746
Phone: (732) 617-7120

Robin Kaller, President
Seth Kaller, Director


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