Welcome to the new Manuscript Society website.

We are very pleased to present a new, easy to use and easy to update website dedicated to The Manuscript Society. As you click through the site you will find pages dedicated to our ongoing projects: Scholarship, Replevin, Hall of Distinction and of course our Annual Meeting. The Collectors Corner has been expanded and is a free, public resource from The Manuscript Society for collectors (of all types).  This section of the website includes resources, tips, and information in the world of manuscripts. We will grow this section as members share their knowledge with others.  Joining or renewing your membership is easy as can be and you can easily support the society through many of our programs: Scholarship Fund, Annual Fund and Angel Fund. It also includes upcoming events including the exciting Bibliographic and Manuscript Treasures of Spain in October 2016. It is still not too late to make your reservation!

A very special addition to the website is our Members Only section. Here you will be able to access past issues of The Manuscript Society News, and Manuscripts. The Directory of Members will be here as well as Forums for communicating with each other and sharing upcoming events. The Members Only Section is now in beta testing as we check the links between member accounts and this section of the site but stay turned – it will be on line soon. As we load all of the membership into the system, you will receive an email from the Manuscript Society with your username and an invitation to log on and create your password. We will do this over a number of weeks, so watch your email. If you have not given the society your current email address you will not have access to the Members Only Section. Email Shirley Sands at sands@manuscript.org to update our records so we can set you up.

Please take a moment to click around the site and see all that is available to you as a member of the society and a collector of autographs and manuscripts.

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Digest – January 2017

Manuscript Digest – January 2017 – This complimentary e-digest, launched in 2012, covers significant acquisitions and sales, manuscripts lost and found, rare books and ephemera, document conservation, and more.


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2017 Annual Meeting – ♫♫ Meeting by the Dock of the Bay ♫♫

2017 Manuscript Society Annual Meeting – The Bay Area May 17 – 20, 2017 – Oakland, Berkeley and Palo Alto, California May 21, 2017 additional day in San Francisco Host Hotel – Waterfront Hotel – Oakland ♫♫ Meeting by the Dock of the Bay ♫♫ Schedule Wednesday, May 17th begins the festivities with the Member registration […]


Dollars to Scholars – A Real $uccess

As this year’s Dollars to Scholars campaign comes to a close we can announce that $ 2, 062.00 was received! Thank you to everyone who participated.   If you would still like to make a 2016 tax deductible contribution to the Scholarship Fund please do so. You can add it to your 2017 renewal form […]


2017 Membership Renewal Announced

As another year comes to an end and 2017 is about to begin it is once more membership renewal time. Your renewal mailing is in the mail!  I write to not only ask for your renewal but to also share with you happenings this past year. I am pleased to report that the Dollars to […]


Applications for 2016–17 Maass Research Grant are being Accepted

Applications are due February 14, 2017, and decisions will be announced shortly after March 17. About the Grant The $5,000 grant supports research expenses directly related to use of original manuscripts, for example travel to manuscript repositories, photocopies, and user fees. Applicants must be graduate students—doctoral candidates are given preference—at an institution that belongs to […]


Dealing With Dealers: How to Buy and Sell Autographs

By Edward Bomsey. I have been a collector of autographs for over 40 years and a dealer for perhaps 30 years. As a beginning collector, I learned more about collecting and shaping my collection (US Presidents and Chief Justices of the United States and Associate Justices of the Supreme Court) from wonderful dealers like Mary […]


Upcoming Events

  1. 2017 Annual Meeting – The Bay Area

    May 17 - May 22
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