Independent Appraisers

The following list of appraisers in our region is offered as a convenience to those who have donated, or who may be considering donating, material to the University of Virginia Library. These appraisers have given us permission to list their names and contact information, and have supplied a description of their fields of expertise. Inclusion on this list does not imply endorsement by the University of Virginia.

You may find other appraisers by consulting the Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association of America website.

Additional resources include:


Appraiser Experience and Areas of Specialization
Art Beltrone
Beltrone and Company
PO Box 125
Keswick, VA 22947
(434) 296-1288
Military manuscripts, documents, letters, diaries and ephemera, American Revolution-Vietnam. Specializing in American Civil War. Also militaria from all eras, American and foreign. Since 1970.
Paul Collinge
Heartwood Books, ABAA
5 & 9 Elliewood Avenue
Charlottesville, Virginia 22901
(434) 295-7083
General and scholarly book collections, University [of Virginia] and Virginia material, American History (including manuscripts), Jefferson, Madison, Monroe, Literature first editions, Medicine and Science”
Scott Fennessey
Blue Whale Books, Inc.
115 West Main Street
Charlottesville, VA 22902
(434) 296-4646
Appraiser of rare or out of print books in all fields with 10 years experience. Actively seeking new business and willing to travel.
Mary Gilliam
Franklin Gilliam: Rare Books, ABAA
218 W. South Street
Charlottesville, VA 22903
(434) 979-2512
Manuscripts, books, photographs, etc., “in such fields as: English and American literature and history, European literature and history, printing history and fine printing, bibliography, medicine and Americana.”
Vesta L. Gordon
The Book Broker, ABAA
114 Bollingwood Road
Charlottesville, Virginia 22903
(434) 296-2194
“Books, manuscripts and ephemera in the following fields: American history and literature, especially pertaining to Virginia and the South; British and European literature and history; the book arts including printing history, illustrated books and fine printing; and general book collections comprising a variety of subjects.”
F. Don Nidiffer
American Historical Documents & Autographs
P. O. Box 8184
Charlottesville, Virginia 22906
(434) 296-2067
(434) 242-4155 (cell)
Manuscripts, letters, etc., of “U.S. Presidents, American military (and their enemies), vintage movie material, and various famous American figures.”
Jim Presgraves
Bookworm & Silverfish, ABAA
P.O. Box 639
Wytheville, VA 24382
(276) 686-5813
(276) 686-6636 fax
Specialties include Americana, appraisals, general, genealogy, Virginia, West Virginia, and technical
Jerry N. Showalter
Post Office Box 84
Ivy, Virginia 22945
(434) 295-6413 evenings
Americana of all types, books and manuscripts