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After sixty-two years in the field of historical letters and manuscripts, Kenneth W. Rendell still feels just as excited as he was when, many years ago, a friend showed him a handwritten letter of George Washington. He couldn't believe it then and still feels "overwhelmed and honored" to collect what he regards as "pieces of human history." This past year, Rendell established two endowed annual lecture series, the first at the Rare Book School at the University of Virginia, focusing on the excitement of collecting original manuscripts and rare books, and the second at The Grolier Club in New York City, on the importance of handwriting in understanding history.

The Grolier Club asked Rendell to deliver the inaugural lecture in this series in October 2022, an illustrated talk about pieces in his personal collection and why he considers them interesting and important: "The Power and Importance of Handwriting."  This lecture can be viewed at



Kenneth W. Rendell Lecture on the Importance of Historical Letters and Documents from The Grolier Club on Vimeo.