American History


Hindman is an industry leader in the sale of historic photography, historic flags and textiles, and other treasures of American History. Our auctions feature some of the most historically significant collections to come to the auction block and achieve record prices across the category.


The American History department handles artifacts from the early colonial days to the present. Auctions from this department feature relics from the Civil War, photography, ephemera from presidential campaigns dating back to the early days of the Republic and a wide variety of historically significant items.

The American History department holds several auctions a year  in the areas of Civil War, Historic Photography and general American History. Our specialists are always available for complimentary and confidential valuations of single works or entire collections.

Katie Horstman

Director, American History

Ms. Horstman has spent over a decade as the head of Cowan’s American History department working closely with one of the most respected experts in the field, Wes Cowan, on everything from historic photography to material associated with American conflicts, political and social history, slavery and the African American experience, and more. In her tenure, she has overseen several single-owner auctions including the $1.1 million auction of famed military collector, dealer, and historian Norm Flayderman. Ms. Horstman holds a Master of Arts in Art History from the University of Cincinnati and a Bachelor of Arts in Art History from the Ohio State University.

Katie Horstman

Director, American History

Gretchen Hause

Director & Senior Specialist, Fine Books and Manuscripts

Gretchen Hause is the director and a senior specialist for the Fine Books and Manuscripts department at Hindman.

Ms. Hause joined the firm in 2017, after working for over 7 years as a specialist in the Books and Manuscripts Department at Christie’s in New York. During her tenure at Hindman, Ms. Hause has handled for sale a rare copy of Palmatary’s 1857 pre-fire view of Chicago (the only copy in private hands) for nearly $200,000, and the Robert L. McKay Collection of manuscripts. She was responsible for the Fine Cartographic and Printed Americana Collection of Evelyn and Eric Newman, which was 97% sold by lot, and which achieved the highest sale total for a single-session auction in department history. Ms. Hause also oversaw the sale of The Adventure & Exploration Library of Steve Fossett, selling 100% of the lots offered, and achieving the highest sale total for a single-owner collection in department history. Ms. Hause has attended introductory and advanced bibliography and history of bookbinding courses at Rare Book School at the University of Virginia, and holds a B.A. and M.A. in English Literature. Ms. Hause is a member of the Caxton Club, the Washington Map Society, and the Chicago Map Society. She is an auctioneer, and has over a decade of experience working with rare books and manuscripts.

Gretchen Hause

Director & Senior Specialist, Fine Books and Manuscripts

Complimentary Auction Estimates​

You are welcome to submit items electronically or to contact any of our offices directly.​​

Our specialists are eager to help you learn more about your collection and current auction sale estimates. ​

To begin an estimate, our specialists will need:​

  • At least 3 photos​
  • Detailed description​
  • Details on signatures or marks

Auction Specialists

Katie Horstman

Director, American History

Gretchen Hause

Director & Senior Specialist, Fine Books and Manuscripts

Kaylan Gunn

Business Manager, American History

Matt Chapman

Senior Specialist, Historic Photography

Katie Benedict

Specialist, American History

Emily Payne

Specialist, Historic Manuscripts

Maria Fernandez

Cataloguer, Fine Books and Manuscripts
The American History department is currently accepting consignments for upcoming auctions. Visit our auction evaluation page for more information and begin the consignment process now.
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