Lot 640: Alex Haley

RR Auction

2015-06-29 15:01:10

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Lot 640: Lengthy autograph manuscript inside a 5.25 x 7.75 spiral-bound notebook, 28 pages, no date but circa 1965, signed inside the front cover with his address, "Alex Haley, Post Office Box 110, Rome, New York, 13440, 315 337 7438." Entitled "We Drove to Topeka" on the front cover, Haley pens many pages of autobiographical notes. The first page is headed "From Dad, night of 10–11 January 1965," in part: "Haley owned plantation in Marion County, Alabama. Haleyville has grown up in plantation area…Jim Baugh was owner Haley's overseer. Baugh sired Alec Haley by Viney (Haley)…Queen has two other sisters Judy, Fannie, and brother Charles. 'Not full' siblings. Very dark. What might have been light side in my grandfather. All set in them. 'No way in the world to go back past Viney'…Dad went to Washington, Fort Worth, Kansas City, Toledo—for $70.35. 'Circle Tour' Greyhound…Dad knew the late author, a British Guinan (James), taught together in Arkansas. Gives idea of what we Negroes have done—others claim." In fine condition. RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 453 Sunday, 17th May 2015 Estimate: $400-600
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