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Our Inventory

Gray Collections has had the opportunity to show several items from their inventory on Your Carolina with Jack and Megan on WSPA Channel 7 in the Upstate of South Carolina.

William Gray shows several items related to George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, John F. Kennedy, and many others.


"…It is a really wonderful collection and we are looking forward to examining it in detail…The collections seem very interesting indeed, and we think they could do well at auction…Thank you for consigning your property to our forthcoming English Literature sale…Many thanks for your latest (and for the information about Woods Gray, which is most helpful)…"

Peter Selley, Senior Director and Senior Specialist of the Books & Manuscripts Department at Sotheby’s in London

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"…Thank you for sending me [your] great uncle’s personal copy of The Life of Dylan Thomas.  As you know Thomas is a personal favorite of mine, and I appreciate your remembering me in such a thoughtful way.  Rosalynn [Carter] joins me in sending you our warm best wishes…"

Jimmy Carter, 39th President of the United States and 76th Governor of Georgia

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"…Randolph-Macon is most interested in receiving all or part of Dr. Gray’s very valuable collection…All of us who know "Bill/Woods" would like to see a tangible portion of his life residing at the College for reasons that far transcend the collection’s monetary value…we could have a special ceremony dedication for this valuable collection of books from Professor Gray’s personal library…"

Dan Bedsole, Former Library Director of Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, Virginia​

"…The Historic New Orleans Collection is very pleased to have been given the opportunity to purchase the "William Shelton Gray Jr. Tennessee Williams Collection".  We are excited to have the materials and to be able to add it to our TW holdings…Thank you for your patience and working with us in arranging this purchase.  This information greatly enhances and expands The Collection’s Tennessee Williams holdings, and will prove to be an abundant source of information for researchers…It has been a pleasure working with you, and everyone at The Collection is very pleased to have this new Tennessee Williams material to catalogue…"

Mark Cave, Senior Curator/Oral Historian at the Williams Research Center at the Historic New Orleans Collection

"…Thank you for the video depicting Professor Bill Gray’s life and impressive relationships with Tennessee Williams, T.S. Eliot, Ezra Pound, and other luminaries…the collections of contemporary first editions, we would be honored to have them…"

​​Robert R. Lindgren, President of Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, Virginia

"…Thank you for contacting Christie’s regarding the possible sale of your property…There is no doubt that this is appealing material and it should be placed in our selective lot ‘highlights’ sale, which is pitched at top buyers worldwide…"

Thomas Venning, Senior Specialist of Autograph Letters, Manuscripts, & Archives of the Books & Manuscripts Department at Christie’s in London​

"…I am very glad to hear that you are interested in the July sale and that we might have the opportunity of examining this collection at first hand…Thank you very much for your email.  Your collection of books and manuscripts is most interesting, and I would be delighted to put them up for auction…"

Tessa Milne, Former Director and Manuscript Specialist of the Books & Manuscripts Department at Sotheby’s in London

Gray Collections

​​​William Gray was interviewed by and on the front page of the GoUpstate newspaper.  He shared several items with their lead journalist such as letters and document signed by George Washington, John Hancock, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Edison, Herbert Hoover, Winston S. Churchill, and John F. Kennedy.

William shows an address panel handwritten by Benjamin Franklin while he was performing an important electrical experiment.