The First Autograph Collector

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Autograph Collector

To celebrate our 225th anniversary, we’re looking through our archives to bring you 225 pieces of wit, wisdom, and fun in a series we’re calling Almanac Treasures (see more of them here).

The first important collector of American autographs was probably the Reverend William Sprague, a Presbyterian clergyman who amassed a collection of some 90,000 items, including three complete sets of the signers of the Declaration of Independence.

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1982 Old Farmer's Almanac

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