Nick Aretakis


Nick Aretakis has been a member of the American Antiquarian Society since 2019. Nick was born and raised in California, and attended the University of California, at Berkeley, where he received a B.A. in American History. He also has an M.A. in International Relations from the George Washington University, and spent a year in the American History Ph.D. program at the University of Virginia. In the mid-1990s he helped launch the “BookTV” series at C-SPAN television, after which he gravitated toward the world of rare and antiquarian books. In 1999 C-SPAN covered the first session of the landmark Frank Siebert auction at Sotheby’s, and Nick met and got to know William Reese. In 2000 he moved to New Haven to take a position as an associate in the Americana Department at the William Reese Company, and worked there until the summer of 2014. 

At that point Nick and his family moved back to California and he began his own firm, specializing in Americana of all regions and periods. He became a member of the Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America and the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers in 2016. Following Bill Reese’s passing in June, 2018, Nick returned to the William Reese Company as manager of the Americana Department and in 2022 was appointed as Managing Director. He lives in Guilford, Connecticut with his wife and their son.

Guilford, CT
United States

Elected to AAS
April 2019