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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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He also saw that some of the autographs he had in his collection were from classic stars, some of whom were now deceased.
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Former Lockheed test pilot James Eastham, who piloted the first flight of the YF-12A, will talk to visitors and sign autographs at Blackbird Airpark, on Avenue P at 25th Street East.
Former Super Bowl MVP and perennial All-Pro will make his first-ever South Florida signing appearance at Palm Beach Autographs at Downtown at the Gardens on Saturday, June 18, 1-3 p.
But that was all a long time ago and I no longer collect autographs, so I won't be chasingafter DrWilliams to get his (1 Corinthians 13:11).
The new Celebrity Edition Sharpie is being introduced as the brand launches its "Autographs for Action" program, which aims to secure one million autographs nationwide.
Fullmer and another former Blue Jay, first-base coach Alfredo Griffin, obliged the fans by signing about 30 autographs.
Palm Beach Autographs will host autograph-signing appearances with three young stars of the Miami Dolphins -- Cameron Wake, Sean Smith and Jared Odrick - at its Palm Beach Autographs store in Downtown at the Gardens this Saturday, July 17th.