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a. a book, document, etc., handwritten by its author; original manuscript; holograph
b. (as modifier): an autograph letter



(1) A handwritten inscription or signature.

(2) A handwritten author’s manuscript. Autographs form an important source for establishing the canonical (recognized as authentic) text of a work and are valuable material for studying the creative process of writers, scholars, and historical figures. The collection and custody of autographs is one of the functions of archives, libraries, and museums. In the USSR, manuscripts by K. Marx, F. Engels, V. I. Lenin, and several leaders of the CPSU are kept at the Central Party Archive of the CPSU Central Committee’s Institute of Marxism-Leninism. There are large collections of writers’ autographs at the V. I. Lenin State Library of the USSR and the State Literature Museum in Moscow, at the M. E. Saltykov-Shchedrin State Public Library and the Institute of Russian Literature of the Academy of Sciences of the USSR (Pushkin House) in Leningrad, and in many memorial museums.

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Giving local sports fans the chance to meet and get autographs from great players and coaches is one of our favorite aspects of this business," said Jim Dodson, co-owner of Palm Beach Autographs.
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Specializing in authentic memorabilia, charity event services and custom interior sports design, Palm Beach Autographs is one of the premiere distributors of sports memorabilia in the country, and has hosted autograph signings with Dolphins greats including Jason Taylor, Zach Thomas, Channing Crowder, Mark Duper and Ronnie Brown.
Schoeneweis said the Angels are more than willing to sign autographs at times that don't conflict with their pregame preparations.
Afterward, he drove in a golf cart to the team's makeshift locker room, where he stayed and signed autographs until the last player left.
His signing appearance at Palm Beach Autographs in Jacksonville two weeks ago was a complete sell-out.
From now on, the only time I want you guys possessing a pen here is to autograph your credit-card receipt when we settle up your tabs.
Tim Tebow has signed an exclusive memorabilia contract with Palm Beach Autographs, the leader in Florida Gators signed and unsigned collectibles.
Jim Colbert, Valencia tourney winner last year, signs autographs Sunday.
Percy Harvin, who helped lead the University of Florida Gators to two NCAA football championships, will make his first-ever public autograph signing appearance on Saturday, March 28, at Palm Beach Autographs in the Avenues Mall in Jacksonville, 3 to 5 p.