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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.


Governor’s Palace, Colonial Williamsburg

2022 Annual Meeting

May 10th – 14th
Williamsburg/Richmond, VA

Capital, birthplace of a nation, home to 5 U.S. presidents, John D. Rockefeller’s dream of a living, breathing museum. All describe the site of the Manuscript Society’s 2022 annual meeting…

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Mel Blanc Picture

Mel Blanc: A Portrait in Manuscripts

2020 marks the 80th anniversary of the debut of Bugs Bunny which led me to reminisce about the voice behind the rabbit – Mel Blanc.  The “Man of 1000 Voices” has remained a hero of mine and I was able to acquire items from his estate at various auctions over the years. The earliest is a photo likely from the..

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Fridtjof Nansen cover and manuscript

Fridtjof Nansen – Arctic Explorer and More

Fridtjof Nansen (1861-1930) was an Arctic explorer. Also a skiing enthusiast who was a 12-time cross country champion in his native Norway. A scientist who made early discoveries in the field we now call neurobiology.

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501, 2022

Digest – December 2021 – January 2022

January 5, 2022|

Manuscript Digest – December 2021 – January 2022 – 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 […] […]

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1901, 2022

Covid19 Protocol Update – 2022 Annual Meeting

January 19, 2022|

Annual Meeting 2022 With continuing safety challenges from Covid19 facing all of us, the Executive Committee of the Manuscript Society reaffirms our moving forward with the 2022 Annual Meeting in Williamsburg, Virginia. We also want to assure attendees we are doing everything in our power to ensure a great meeting. [...]

1201, 2022

2022 Maass Research Grant Deadline Approaches

January 12, 2022|

Submission Deadline Looming - February 14, 2022 One month remains to apply for the $5000.00 Maass Research Grant. Offered each year to graduate students of any field who work in manuscript collections this grant allows great flexibility. Some grants fund only travel. But that’s a narrow view of the expenses [...]

1512, 2021

Cejas Donates Cuban Manuscript Collection

December 15, 2021|

University of Miami Announces Donation of pre-republic Cuban manuscripts, documents and books Book from the Cejas Cuban Collection donated to University of Miami Paul Cejas, alumnus, has donated a treasure trove of materials to the University of Miami Libraries’ Cuban Heritage Collection.  According to Elizabeth “Liz” Cerejido, Esperanza [...]

2910, 2021

2022 Maass Grant Application Window Is Open

October 29, 2021|

As archives and repositories again open their doors, the Manuscript Society is about to open its window for 2022 Maass Research Grant applications. Our $5,000 grant supports research using original sources. Who can Apply Applicants must be graduate students—doctoral candidates are given preference—at an institution that currently belongs to the [...]

607, 2021

Society Board of Trustees: Class of 2024

July 6, 2021|

Below is the list of society members who have committed to service on the Board of Trustees for the next three years. Two are brand new and three have taken on a second term. We thank them all for their commitment to the society. The 2024 Class of Trustees of [...]

2306, 2021

American Antiquarian Society – Virtual Visit

June 23, 2021|

AAS founder Isaiah Thomas's original indenture as a "poor child" age 7 to printer Zechariah Fowle Virtual Visit American Antiquarian Society Worcester, Massachusetts • Come along for a virtual visit to the American Antiquarian Society. During the Manuscript Society’s 2019 annual meeting, Curator of Manuscripts Ashley Cataldo [...]

2206, 2021

Stuart Embury – Haitian Presidential Material

June 22, 2021|

Document signed by Jean-Pierre Boyer, president of Haiti from 1818 to 1843 Haitian Presidential Material Stuart Embury, MD My Passion One of my passions in life is medical volunteer work in Haiti. I have gone to Haiti each of the last 40 years, leading teams of volunteers. Along [...]

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