Seth Kaller, Inc.

Inspired by History


Our involvement with important documents often doesn’t end when we sell them. We are happy to arrange loans to museums and other institutions. Here is a list of current and past exhibitions.

Current Exhibitions

University of Pennsylvania Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts

The Great Emancipator and the Great Central Fair

On December 27th, 1862, Republican activist John Murray Forbes wrote to Charles Sumner regarding the forthcoming emancipation decree from President Lincoln: “In such a Proclamation words become things and powerful things too.” In 1864, as the meaning of the Emancipation Proclamation began to crystallize both for the millions in bondage and for the country at large, forty-eight autographed copies of the Emancipation Proclamation were put on sale in Philadelphia for $10 each. The Great Central Fair raised over one million dollars for the Union cause, and the relics that remain speak not only to the monumental scope of the Proclamation, its dissemination, and its place in the minds of wartime Americans but also to the power that the words would come to represent. This exhibit will display two of these forty-eight copies from the Fair as well as a wealth of material highlighting the Emancipation Proclamation as a document and as a deed. On exhibit January 20 to February 27, 2015.

Past Exhibitions

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Changing America: The Emancipation Proclamation, 1863 and the March on Washington, 1963

To commemorate these two pivotal achievements, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture in collaboration with the National Museum of American History is presenting an exhibition that explores the historical context of these two crucial events, their accomplishments and limitations, and their impact on the generations that followed. Featuring Schuyler Colfax’s copy of the Thirteenth Amendment, which we acquired for David Rubenstein.

Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation & Library

The Life and Times of Abraham Lincoln

The Life and Times of Abraham Lincoln displayed sets and costumes from DreamWorks Studios’ Lincoln, along with original artifacts including Lincoln’s stovepipe hat, lent by Hildene, Mary Todd Lincoln’s portable commode, and dozens of other unique personal effects. Important documents covered every aspect of Lincoln’s career, from his earliest known writing (teaching himself compound interest) to important letters on slavery, leaves from his 1864 State of the Union Address, and the 13th Amendment ending slavery. We are proud to have helped arrange the loan of many of the highlights.

Fairfield Museum & History Center

Promise of Freedom

This was the only exhibition in New England to display Lincoln-signed copies of the Emancipation Proclamation and Thirteenth Amendment (lent by an anonymous client), as well as other fascinating documents, paintings and artifacts that narrated this decisive moment in the quest for human freedom. For context, the exhibit included a scarce early facsimile of the Declaration of Independence we loaned, and a scarce Connecticut printing of the Constitution (lent by the Scarsdale Public Library).

President Lincoln’s Cottage

The Emancipation Proclamation

This exhibit featured a rare Lincoln-signed copy of Emancipation Proclamation (which we acquired for David Rubenstein last year) on display in the place where he first drafted this historic document.

New-York Historical Society

Abolishing Slavery: The 150th Anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation

The New-York Historical Society is commemorated the sesquicentennial of the Emancipation Proclamation with a display of rare documents we acquired for the Gilder Lehrman Collection, including Lincoln-signed copies of the Emancipation Proclamation and a congressional copy of the Thirteenth Amendment.

National Museum of American Jewish History

To Bigotry No Sanction: George Washington and Religious Freedom

This exhibition highlighted Washington’s famous 1790 letter to the Hebrew Congregation of Newport, R.I. Along with two of our clients we loaned several important documents:

  • Washington’s “Throne of Grace” letter to the German Lutheran congregation of Philadelphia.
  • A rare first public printing of the Constitution.
  • A July 1776 broadside of the Declaration of Independence.

State Archives of the Russian Federation

The Tsar and The President: Alexander II & Abraham Lincoln, Liberator and Emancipator

The American-Russian Cultural Cooperation Foundation, organized this exhibition at the State Archives of the Russian Federation in Moscow and the State Museum Tsarskoye Selo in St. Petersburg.

New-York Historical Society

Lincoln and New York

Bruce Museum

Lincoln, Life-Size

Heinz History Center, in partnership with the National Constitution Center

Lincoln, the Constitution and the Civil War

Federal Hall

Lincoln in New York: A Rail Splitter Bicentennial Exhibit