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Welcome to The Manuscript Society

The Mission of the Manuscript Society is to encourage the collection and preservation of manuscripts and documents; to stimulate and aid collectors in their various collecting specialties; to facilitate the exchange of information and knowledge among collectors, scholars, dealers and the general public; and to promote the highest professional and ethical standards.


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Manuscript Mondays

The Manuscript Society is hosting monthly webinars on topics for collectors.  Each hour long webinar provides an opportunity to peek behind the scenes of valuations, writing & publishing, purchasing/selling, auctions and more.  Find out more about upcoming webinars!

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2023 Annual Meeting: Los Angeles, CA

The sun. The stars. The seafood. And in the spotlight … the special collections. The Manuscript Society’s 2023 annual meeting takes us to the West Coast for five days in Southern California.

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Libraries of Rome – 2023 International Travel

The Manuscript Society in conjunction with International Seminars Design Inc. presents a tour like no other! Tour the most beautiful libraries of Rome and see their rare manuscript collections…

Latest Digest

Digest – December 2022-January 2023

Manuscript Digest: December 2022 – January 2023 – This complimentary e-digest, now published bi-monthly, covers significant acquisitions and sales, manuscripts lost and found, rare books and ephemera, document conservation, and more news in this digest […]

February 1, 2023|

Recent Posts

2023 Shapiro Book Prize: “Happy Dreams of Liberty”

2023 Shapiro Book Prize Lecture March 29, 2023 - 7:30 PM (Pacific Time) - Live via Zoom R. Isabela Morales, winner of the 2023 Shapiro Book Prize, talks about her book “Happy Dreams of Liberty: An American Family in Slavery and Freedom,”  and shares the story of the 19th-century Townsend [...]

March 18, 2023|

2023 Maass Grant Recipient Announced

2023 Maass Research Grant Recipient Announced Maxwell Pingeon - 2023 Maass Research Grant Recipient Maxwell Pingeon, a PhD student in the department of Religious Studies at the University of Virginia was named the 2023 Maass research grant recipient according to Dr. Elizabeth Dow, chairman of the Scholarship Committee [...]

March 17, 2023|

Original “Wikipedia” : Siku Quanshu Project

The Original Wikipedia:  18th Century Chinese Emperor Qianlong’s Siku Quanshu Qianlong - Emperor Manuscript Monday - Live, Free Webinar -Monday, Apr 3, 2023 8:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)  “The Original Wikipedia:  18th Century Chinese Emperor Qianlong’s Siku Quanshu Project” Guest: Susan Lahey, MA, ISA CAPP    Moderator: Brian Kathenes In [...]

March 7, 2023|

Mary, Queen of Scots letters decoded

Mary, Queen of Scots In another exciting breakthrough, a team of code breakers have cracked secret coded messages in letters written by Mary, Queen of Scots. Afraid of her cousin's popularity, Queen Elizabeth I held Mary in prison for 19 years. Experts say this is the most significant discovery about [...]

March 7, 2023|

Autographs and Manuscripts: A Collector’s Manual

Autographs and Manuscripts: A Collector’s Manual Edmund Berkley, Jr. Editor Herbert E. Klinghofer and Kenneth W. Rendell, Co-editors (New York) Charles Scribner’s Sons, (1978) xviii, 565 pages [including, Bibliography, Notes on Contributors, Glossary, and Index] ISBN: 0-684-15622-9 Cloth, Dust Cover [new] This classic manual now out of print is once [...]

March 7, 2023|

MM On-Demand: Classic Animation Art – Recognize & Value

Identifying and Valuing Classic Animation Art This fascinating and exciting live-stream presentation describes the intricate process of creating classic animation art and how the animation process impacts the value of classic 'cels' and illustrations. Snoopy and Charlie Brown Animation Cel Melanie Smith will describe the many different steps [...]

February 6, 2023|

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