MEDIA ALERT: Revolutionary Americana Items Sold at Auction, Proceeds Benefit Minnesota Historical Society

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Release dated: 
April 18, 2012
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Jessica Kohen, Marketing and Communications, 651-259-3148, jessica.kohen@mnhs.org
Lory Sutton, Marketing and Communications, 651-259-3140, lory.sutton@mnhs.org

MEDIA ALERT: Revolutionary Americana Items Sold at Auction, Proceeds Benefit Minnesota Historical Society

Money to be placed in the Society's Collections Acquisitions Fund for future purchases

The sale of non-Minnesota related items from the Allyn K. Ford manuscript and autograph collection, held by the Minnesota Historical Society, has brought in just over $1.5 million at a New York auction this week. 

The proceeds will be placed in the Allyn K. Ford Collections Fund, an endowment fund restricted for purchases that fall within the Society’s mission of chronicling Minnesota’s history. Future purchases will be made with the interest earned on the fund. Jennifer Jones, director of library and collections says, “The result of this sale is particularly good news for the Society’s already tight acquisitions budget. The additional resources will allow us continue our role of preserving and telling the stories of Minnesota’s past.” 

The auction, held on Tuesday, April 17 at Swann Auction Galleries of New York, featured a highly prized collection of letters from Revolutionary Americans including George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Patrick Henry, as well as soldiers, politicians and ordinary citizens. The collection was given to the Society in 1965 by Minneapolis businessman Allan K. Ford. The heirs of Mr. Ford acknowledged the broad scope of the collection and requested that the Society consider selling the non-Minnesota items. 

Researchers can continue to view the entire Allyn K. Ford manuscript and autograph collection on microfilm in the Library’s Ronald M. Hubbs microfilm room.