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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.


Haitian Presidential Letter

Stuart Embury – Haitian Presidential Material

In the 1700s, Haiti was known as the “Pearl of the Antilles,” the richest of France’s many colonies. In 1791 the slaves began a series of rebellions spearheaded by the Haitian leader Toussaint L’Ouverture (1743–1803).

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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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411, 2021

Digest: October-November 2021

November 4, 2021|

Manuscript Digest – October-November 2021 – 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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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 [...]

2105, 2021

Road Trip: Indiana Historical Society

May 21, 2021|

Road Trip: Indiana Historical Society Allen Ottens Perhaps as you’re reading this piece, you can hear some familiar tune faintly in the background. Maybe it’s the beguiling strains of “Begin the Beguine” or the rousing “Blow, Gabriel, Blow.” Whichever it is, it’s likely coming from the Cole Porter Room in [...]

1905, 2021

How to Weed Your Attic: Is it History or Junk

May 19, 2021|

How to Weed Your Attic Elizabeth H. Dow At the closing dinner of the Manuscript Society’s most recent annual meeting, trustee Elizabeth H. Dow gave us a capsule version of her latest book, How to Weed Your Attic: Getting Rid of Junk without Destroying History, coauthored with Lucinda P. Cockrell. [...]

2604, 2021

Quarantine: A Collector’s Story of Discovery

April 26, 2021|

Quarantine: A Collector’s Story Stuart P. Embury, MD I’ve come to believe that the members of the Manuscript Society might have an advantage during these trying times. This hiatus has given collectors the opportunity to devote additional attention to their holdings. Just before the onset of the pandemic, I purchased [...]

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