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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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Collectors Guide to Sports Autographs

In this world of fakes and forgeries, how do you go about collecting your favorite contemporary and past heroes! How can you judge authenticity? Are there any rules of thumb to help you?  Joe Orlando, Executive Vice President of Sports at Heritage Auctions shares his knowledge with anyone interested in or already collecting sports autographs.

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A Step-By-Step Guide to making an Illuminated Manuscript

Every time I see one of these amazing books, produced hundreds of years ago, I walk away in wonder. Close consideration shows the incredible detail of the images and the text. Did one person create it all?…

Latest Digest

Digest – May – June 2024

Manuscript Digest: May – June 2024 – 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. […]

June 4, 2024|

Recent Posts

NASA Helped Preserve the US Constitution

Science and History collide as NASA assisted the National Archives in determining why the Constitution is developing white splotches! As every collector of rare books and documents knows, one of the biggest barriers to collecting is preservation. The effect of time, dust, light, and moisture in the environment on paper [...]

July 11, 2024|

ABSA: Auction And Book Sales Archive

BIBLIO, the independent marketplace for antiquarian and rare books, has announced the public launch of its new The Auction & Book Sales Archive (ABSA). ABSA offers information on the provenance, identification, scarcity, and value of antiquarian books and manuscripts. It provides access to millions of curated rare book and manuscript auction [...]

July 8, 2024|

2024 Officers and Board of Trustees

At the Business Meeting of the attending Membership in San Antonio, Texas, Saturday, May 18, 2024 the new Officers and Board of Trustees members were voted into office. Below is a a complete list of the current Board of Trustees and Past Presidents Officers President: Jim West is a lifelong [...]

June 19, 2024|

The Original Wikipedia:  18th Century Chinese Emperor Qianlong’s Siku Quanshu Project (5/6/24)

In 1772, Emperor Qianlong of China, a prolific poet, major art patron, and insatiable collector, ordered the largest encyclopedic compilation of books in Chinese history.  Within 10 years, a team of more than 350 scholars and hundreds of editors had compiled 36,381 volumes (2.3 million pages) of the Siku Quanshu.  Also known [...]

May 6, 2024|

Santiago Conti – 2024 Maass Research Grant Recipient

2024 Maass Research Grant Recipient Announced The Scholarship Committee of the Manuscript Society has awarded its $5,000 Maass Scholarship to Santiago Conti. Conti is a historian of Colonial Latin America and a doctoral candidate in the Department of History at Princeton University. Conti will use the award to cover the [...]

April 10, 2024|

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