TOM LECKY offers private collectors, estates, fiduciaries, and institutions a full range of appraisal services for books, autographs, manuscripts, and related material. From individual items to full libraries, archives and collections, appraisals are tailored to meet specific needs. Tom is a certified member of the Appraisers Association of America.

Discreet and confidential appraisals for a variety of purposes:

  • Estate Tax
  • Insurance
  • Financial Planning
  • Charitable Donation
  • Fair Market Value
  • Institutional Loan and Indemnification

All appraisals adhere to current standards and practices, and follow IRS and insurance-industry guidelines.


Appraisal fees vary based on the size and scope of the project. An appraisal proposal, outlining fees and a project timeline, will be submitted for review prior to commencing work.

There is no charge for initial consultation.


Private individuals and fiduciaries face a variety of issues of inheritance, estate settlement, and financial planning — and all require unique, tailored advice. It is critical to appreciate the sensitive natures inherent to a variety of situations, and Tom Lecky brings this understanding to every evaluation.

Discretion and professionalism form the foundation of any appraiser’s practice, and Tom will work confidentially and closely with clients to manage their needs.


Tom Lecky has provided collections management services for a multitude of institutions, including: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The New York Public Library, The Library of Congress, The Smithsonian Institution, Mount Vernon, The Houghton Library at Harvard University, The Jean and Alexander Heard Libraries at Vanderbilt University, The Ford Foundation, Credit Suisse, The Free Library of Philadelphia, The Rosenbach Library & Museum, The Massachusetts Historical Society, The Francis A. Countway Library at Harvard University, The Cincinnati Museum Center, The Western Reserve Historical Society, The Morgan Library & Museums, The Holden Arboretum, and The Redwood Library & Athenaeum.