Manuscripts is the quarterly journal of the Society and is currently in its 68th year of publication. As the members of the Society represent a wide range of collecting interests, articles published in the journal tend to reflect variety too. In the past year, the journal included an article about Thomas Jefferson’s polygraph machine and how to distinguish a polygraph copy from an original ALS, a feature article on the Albert H. Small Washingtoniana Collection, and lengthy article about the collecting interests of John R. Block, publisher and editor-in-chief of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. While most articles are written by Society members, archivists, curators and historians occasionally provide valuable insights about manuscripts within their sphere of responsibility. Articles lined up for 2016 include one about a rare manuscript pertaining to the Liberty Tree of 1765, another on a collection of Chinese land grants, and yet another about rare vice-presidential signatures.
“Auction Trends” is a regular feature that highlights current prices and developments in the autograph and manuscript marketplace based upon information found in catalogs from major auction houses both within the U.S. and abroad. “Book Reviews” also appears on a regular basis, providing insight to publications that collectors of manuscripts would find of value. Rounding out the journal’s content, advertisements assist members who are interested in upcoming auctions and sales while also pointing to companies that offer appraisal and preservation services.