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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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Forgotten No More: Honoring Revolutionary War Veterans

Like many collectors, the Covid-19 pandemic forced me to stay home more than usual. I’ve re-read favorite books, completed nagging home projects, and delved deep into researching letters and documents in my collection.

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2022 Officers and Trustees Elected

At first in-person meeting since 2019, the May 2022 business meeting was held in Williamsburg, Virginia. The attending membership approved the new officers and the new members of the Board of Trustees.

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Reading Silver Marks – Free Live Webinar

'Reading' Silver - How to identity those marks. Sterling or silverplate? Domestic or foreign? Free – Live Webinar; Tuesday, September 6, 2022 – Special Date 8:00 PM Eastern [one hour],  Question and Answers at the End Hosted by Brian Kathenes Great Grandmother’s Silver. Now it is your silver, and you [...]

August 9, 2022|

MM On-Demand: A Virtual Beach Party – You Ask!

Keeping cool in August We’ll open up to a virtual gathering of friends, lively discussion, and a show and tell.  Get your camera & mic ready (if you wish) - We’ll ALL be live! Show us a favorite item in your collection Ask questions about collecting Share a short [...]

August 8, 2022|

LeNie Adolphson – 2022 Research Grant Winner

2022 Maass Research Grant Awarded This year’s Maass Research Grant goes to a scholar looking at the struggle for health equity through the long lens of one Chicago hospital. LeNie Adolphson is examining “Health Care in the Black Metropolis: A History of Provident Hospital, 1891–1960.” Provident was the first Black-owned [...]

August 4, 2022|

Barton Smith on Collecting – Interview

Smith Interview - Collecting Manuscripts The Fellowship of American Bibliophilic Societies (FABS) was founded in 1993 as a “society of societies” whose members are the clubs themselves. As members of The Manuscript Society, you have already “joined” FABS. You, as a Manuscript Society Member, receive the twice-yearly publication, the FABS [...]

August 2, 2022|

Six Medieval Illuminations that Amaze

Medieval Illuminated Manuscript - credit: AJF and Almay Stock Photo Illuminations – 6 that will amaze you Beautiful Illuminations : A picture can indeed say more than a thousand words, and the humans of Medieval Europe knew this well! Works of religion, prayer, bestiaries, or herbaria all found [...]

July 13, 2022|

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    Reading Silver Marks – Free Webinar

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