Contact Information

John V. Henley, LLC - Appraisals
4715 NE 13th Ave.
Portland, OR 97211

cell: 503-351-0809



I am accredited Senior Appraiser for Books and Manuscripts, American Society of Appraisers.

Appraisal Experience:  

John V. Henley, has bought, sold, and regularly appraised artwork, antiquarian books, manuscripts, incunables, ephemera, antique maps, historic photographs, professional and personal archives and many forms of printed or handwritten items for payment regularly since 1977.

He has been a consultant on books and handwritten documents for the Federal Bureau of Investigation. 

He is Qualified Appraiser. He is an Accredited Senior Appraiser, with a designation in Books and Manuscripts from the American Society of Appraisers. He is currently serving as the Chairman of the American Society of Appraisers Personal Property Committee.

While on the management team at Powell’s Bookstore in Portland, Oregon, the firm grew from six employees to over two hundred employees and three locations. He established the Rare Books Department, the New Books Department, and the Used Book Department at Powell’s. As manager of the Great Northwest Bookstore, he issued over fifty catalogues for rare and unusual books and ephemera of Western Americana and issued catalogues for collected literary books and archives. 

He taught a course for ten years with the Publishing Program at Portland State University entitled “Bookselling,” aimed at educating graduate students entering the publishing industry about bookselling, including its numerous varieties of market, new, used, and antiquarian venues. He is currently teaching a course on developmental editing, which is a survey course of American fiction that was extremely popular in its time but has not been incorporated into the literary canon at most universities. 

He has appraised numerous book collections and archives. He has given presentations to the American Society of Appraisers on the process of appraising personal and professional archives, as well as a lecture on the process of appraising early printed Bibles. 

He has appraised the Presidential letters and Presidential signed books collection of Senator Mark O. Hatfield; the archives of author Ray Bradbury; the archives and book collection of Dr. Maya Angelou; playwright August Wilson; political commentator, author and Presidential speechwriter William Safire, the business and personal archives of Nan McEvoy, authors Ursula Le Guin and Ken Kesey, and many others. 

Organizations:  American Society of Appraisers 
                            Ephemera Society of America
    Manuscript Society
    Cascade Booksellers Association

Bookselling Experience:

1966 – 1970 – Book-scout (sometimes referred to as runner) for Cal’s Books and Wares, Portland, Oregon

1972-1976 – Portland State University Bookstore, Portland, Oregon

1977-1990 – Powell’s Bookstore, main store in downtown Portland Assistant Manager, Head New Book Buyer (established New Book Department and policies); Rare Books Department; Head Used Books buyer; (established the Used Book Department and policies) helped establish bookstore events and readings; assisted in development of Library Services department.  Established the largest Computer Sciences section in a bookstore; helped established Powell’s Technical Books 

1990-2009– Manager, Great Northwest Bookstore, personnel management, buying and selling books, ephemera, maps, photographs, archives, autographs, manuscripts, historic artifacts, mail order catalogues, was among the first 50 booksellers to offer books online

2009 - Present - Owner, John V. Henley, LLC 
2010 - 2015 - Assistant at Arthur Erickson’s Gallery in Portland, Oregon, specializing in fine arts, folk arts and other collectibles
2013 - Present - Senior Appraiser Accreditation, American Society of Appraisers

Relevant Experience Related Bookselling and Appraisal Professions

1988 – 2003 – Trustee, Oregon Institute of Literary Arts.  Wrote the by-laws during the re-organization OILA in 1996.

2000 – Present – Book-keeper and Treasurer for a non-profit organization, Autism Research and Resources of Oregon, and prepares the I.R.S. filing 990 for this organization.  He is familiar with Internal Revenue Service instructions and Tax Court rulings relating to non-cash donations to non-profits.

2002 – Present - Adjunct Professor, Portland State University’s publishing Program, a graduate program – teaching courses in Bookselling and Development Editing  

Educational Background: 

Portland State University, 1974

Specialized education:  

Columbia University, Rare Books School, Summer Term 1989 – studying Bibliography under William Reese of the William Reese Company and George Miles, of the Beinecke Library, Yale University
Denver State/ AB Bookman’s Rare Book School, Summer Term 1990

Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP) - 15 hour and continuing 7 hour courses since 2009 

Principles of Valuation, PP/GJ 201 Introduction to Personal Property Valuation/American Society of Appraisers, Summer 2012

Principles of Valuation/ PP/GJ202 Development of Appraisal Methodology – Research and Analysis/ American Society of Appraisers, Summer 2012

Principles of Valuation/ PP/GJ203 Report Writing/ American Society of Appraisers, Summer 2012

Principles of Valuation/ PP/ GJ204 Legal and Regulatory Environment