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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.


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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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2023 Maass Research Grant Announcement

The 2023 Maass Grant application window is now open.  Only scholars attending institutions with memberships in the Manuscript Society as of January 1, 2023, will receive consideration for the grant.

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Latest Digest

Digest: October – November 2022

Manuscript Digest:  October – November 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 news in this digest … […]

November 3, 2022|

Recent Posts

Kenneth Rendell: The Importance of Handwriting

As we have seen over time, trends in handwriting styles change. Yet, nothing has prepared us for the fast drop off in the teaching of handwriting. Not just cursive, but the ability of people to print. Somewhere along the way, communicate without writing with a pen or pencil has become [...]

November 28, 2022|

Manuscript Monday: Spanish New Orleans & the Caribbean

Monday, December 5, 2022 – Live Free Webinar 8:00 – 9:00 PM Eastern Time; 5:00PM Pacific “Spanish New Orleans and the Caribbean.” Guest: Dr. Alfred Lemmon, Director of the Williams Research Center of The Historic New Orleans Collection. Moderator: Brian Kathenes New Orleans is French by name. The popular belief [...]

November 16, 2022|

MM On-Demand: The Tile Club 1877-1887 (11/07/22)

The Tile Club was one of many societies that formed across the United States during the late nineteenth century. It included well-known artists; Winslow Homer, William Merritt Chase, Augustus Saint-Gaudens, Edwin Austin Abbey, J. Alden Weir, and John H. Twachtman. The club was founded in 1877 riding the wave of [...]

November 7, 2022|

Cursive Writing and Reading History

Reading History in Real Documents Drew Gilpin Faust, Arthur Kingsley Porter University Professor at Harvard University, shares a lesson she learned when students in her undergraduate history class could not read documents written by soldiers and others during the Civil War. Why could they not read them? They were written [...]

October 21, 2022|

MM On-Demand: Harding and Phillips Correspondence

The Warren G. Harding–Carrie Fulton Phillips Correspondence: A tangled tale of ownership rights, romance, and archival ethics Warren Harding Carrie Fulton Phillips On July 22, 2014, the Library of Congress opened the Warren G. Harding-Carrie Fulton Phillips Correspondence. The papers, which had been closed for fifty [...]

October 3, 2022|

2023 Maass Research Grant: Application Open

2023 Maass Grant Application Window Is Open Who can Apply Only scholars attending institutions with memberships in the Manuscript Society as of January 1, 2023, will receive consideration for the grant. Check the list of member institutions here If your institution does not now have a membership, consider asking [...]

September 30, 2022|

MM On-Demand: Reading Silver Marks (09/05/22)

How to identity those marks. Sterling or silverplate? Domestic or foreign? Great Grandmother’s Silver. Now it is your silver, and you don’t know anything about it. What is its value? How is it valued? What do those marks mean on the base? Appraiser Leon Caster, ISA CAPP, will share a [...]

September 7, 2022|

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