Taking the Mystery Out of History
Registration Information
January 18, 2017 | 1:00pm - 3:30pm
Appraisers Association of America
212 West 35th Street, 11th Floor
New York City

How to Analyze and Appraise  
Historic Documents, Letters and Manuscripts

In this illustrated course on analyzing and appraising historic documents, letters and manuscripts, Stuart Lutz, AAA will focus on three segments:

Part 1: General introduction to the field; Stuart will discuss popular collecting categories, the categorization of manuscripts, rarity, commodity items and truly historical manuscripts, and price.

Part 2: Authenticity: He will discuss clues to determine an intentional forgery; demonstrate how to determine if something is a machine signature and other types of signatures.

Part 3: Historic documents:  The challenges of valuing unique manuscripts and the tax implications of self-created archives.

The class will have the opportunity to see authentic and forged items.

2.5 CE credits

Members: $50
General Admission: $60

Register online (at the top of this page); OR
by filling out and submitting the printable registration form; OR
by calling 212.889.5404 x 11 

Email confirmation will be sent upon receipt of payment. Registration is accepted only with payment.  

Stuart Lutz, the owner of Stuart Lutz Historic Documents, Inc. of Short Hills, New Jersey, has a quarter-century of experience buying, selling, authenticating and appraising historic documents, manuscripts, letters, autographs and signed books. He is a Certified Member of the Appraisers Association of America in the field of Books and Manuscript: Historical Documents. He belongs to the Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America, the Manuscript Society and the Professional Autograph Dealers Association.

Mr. Lutz has written widely on the field, including The William Jefferson Clinton Concise Handwriting Study and the chapter “Historical Documents, Letters and Manuscripts” in Appraising Art: The Definitive Guide to Appraising the Fine and Decorative Arts, published by the Appraisers Association of America. He is the document authenticator for the Freeman’s auction house in Philadelphia and he can frequently be seen appraising on Pawn Stars. He is building the largest archive of Vietnam War materials in private hands and is the author of the oral history book The Last Leaf: Voices of History’s Last-Known Survivors. 

All cancellations must be made a week prior to the program to receive a refund.


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