A Literary Auction to Benefit the Associates of the Boston Public Library

The Associates of the Boston Public Library is dedicated to preserving and protecting the thousands upon thousands of remarkable items in the BPL’s Special Collections:  John Adam’s personal library, a Shakespeare First Folio, historic letters from Frederick Douglass and Sojourner Truth, etchings by M.C. Escher, stunning illuminated medieval manuscripts, early photographs of John F. Kennedy’s political races, and so much more.

The preservation of these national treasures is critical, as is our support for digitizing as many as possible so that people around the country—and the world—can learn from and enjoy them.  Now more than ever, we need your help.  The pandemic forced the cancellation for this year of our most significant fundraiser—Literary Lights.  In response, we reached out to many of the remarkable authors and artists we have honored as our Literary Lights over the past three decades and asked them to join in this online auction.  They responded so very generously and our auction catalog is packed with one-of-a-kind literary items!

As you peruse the remarkable contributions by authors and artists from all genres available for bid, please know that they—AND YOU—are providing key resources to ensure that the rare and remarkable items in the BPL’s Special Collections are publicly available for generations to come.


Click below to learn more about our exciting auction items!
Bidding will start on October 16th and conclude October 25th.

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