CHICAGO – Leslie Hindman Auctioneers will sell property from prominent St. Louis philanthropists Evelyn E. and Eric P. Newman. Items from their collection will be offered as a single-owner auction, the Fine Cartographic and Printed Americana Collection of Evelyn and Eric Newman on Monday, Nov. 12. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.
A spirited and pioneering pair, Evelyn and Eric Newman led an enthusiastic life of curiosity and generosity. They supported a variety of efforts for medical research, academia and cultural affairs in St. Louis, putting concepts into action. Mrs. Newman was well-known for her local fundraising and charitable contributions, impacting institutions such as the Sophia M. Sachs Butterfly House at Faust County Park, the St. Louis Book Fair and the ScholarShop as well as Forest Park Forever and Forest Park Conservancy.
Eric Newman practiced law and served as executive vice president of Edison Brothers Stores, retiring in 1987. A historian, inventor, scholar and collector, Newman authored over 13 numismatic books. He established the Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society as well as the Newman Money Museum and the Eric P. Newman Education Center, both at Washington University in St. Louis. Through the Eric P. and Evelyn E. Newman Foundation, the couple established numerous professorships and scholarships that further their innovative legacy. Married for 75 years, they raised two children and have imparted their generous and curious spirit upon countless others through their charitable efforts.
The Newman collection of cartography and printed Americana includes superlative examples of American maps and atlases, many of which are rarities on the market. There are a number of fine works from the best-known 20th-century collections, including the Thomas Winthrop Streeter Collection of Americana and the Everett D. Graff Collection of Western Americana. The maps, atlases and books in the collection trace the mapping history of America from the Colonial period through the American Revolution and into the era of Western Expansion.