Out of the Archives

Joe Nickell

in Real or Fake

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print June 2009 | ISBN: 9780813125343
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813135229 | DOI:
Out of the Archives

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This chapter presents cases of questioned historical writings that are not as sensational as the ones examined in the previous chapters, but have great significance to the collector, archivist, and historian. It begins by investigating more of Mark Hofmann's forgeries. A man who had known Hofmann and had purchased several documents from him asked the help of the author to help him sort the real from the fake. The author identified several Hofmann forgeries. He also helped to settle the interesting controversy behind Charles Dickens, recording of the title of a major novel, along with the name of one of its characters, four years before he actually composed the story. Evidence points out to forgery. This chapter also shows the examination of Daniel Boone documents.

Keywords: Mark Hofmann; Daniel Boone; Charles Dickens; forgery; historical writings

Chapter.  4314 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Social and Cultural History

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