No material thing you own is as valuable as your legacy: the traditions you inherited from your forebears, the values you and your family have shaped over decades, the tales that may span centuries.

Yale presidential biographer Michael Takiff founded Gravitas History to help individuals and families pass their legacies to succeeding generations. We accomplish this important task in two ways: by producing expertly written books and by creating comprehensive oral-history archives.


We are personal historians, we are oral historians. But above all, we love telling a good story.

Starting with yours.

Your life. Your history. Your legacy.

Yale Presidential Biographer, Michael Takiff

Founder and Executive Director

© 2018 by Michael Takiff. Photo of Michael Takiff by Joe Henson.