The Manuscript Society is an international organization of persons and institutions devoted to the collection, preservation, use and enjoyment of autographs and manuscripts.

Welcome to the 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.

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.

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 – November 2017

Manuscript Digest – November 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.


Recent Posts


Can I Deduct That? An Introduction to Appraisals

As Stuart Lutz notes in his article, Can I  Deduct that? An Introduction to Appraisals, “Appraisal work is one of the most misunderstood and most mythologized areas in the antiques field. In particular, the manuscript field is plagued with “products of work” and “self-created archives” that are not allowed to be tax deducted. Appraisal work […]


2018 Maass Research Grant Applications now being accepted

Applications are due February 14, 2018, 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 […]


Member Spotlight – Bob Snyder and Cohasco, Inc.

In the first of a new series spotlighting long time members of the Society, society Vice President, Allen Ottens interviews member Robert Snyder of Cohasco, Inc. Cohasco. Inc. is located in Yonkers, New York. Robert Snyder is a dealer in and auctioneer of historical documents, manuscripts, books, antiquarian materials, and collectibles. In what areas does […]


AB228 is Signed into Law – A Win for Collectors and Dealers

Members of The Manuscript Society will be relieved to learn, as I was, that on October 12, California Assembly Bill 228 was signed into law.  The legislation exempts manuscripts, correspondence, autographed books, as well as ephemera not related to sports or entertainment, from the onerous provisions of a previous autograph law. Individual Society members wrote […]


2017 Maass Research Grant Winner Announced

It is with great pleasure, the Manuscript Society Scholarship Committee announces Ms Silvia Escanilla Huerta, a doctoral candidate at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, as the winner of the Richard Maass Research Grant for 2017. She will use the prize to travel to repositories in Peru, Bolivia, Argentina, and Spain to research manuscripts to […]

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    April 18, 2018 - April 21, 2018
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