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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!

Postcard for San Antonio, Texas.

2024 Annual Meeting Registration Open!

Join us for Adventures in San Antonio and Austin.  In Austin, visits to three world class libraries: at the University of Texas in Austin, the Harry Ransom Center, and the Briscoe Center for American History, and the LBJ Presidential Library are planned.

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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 – March & April 2024

Manuscript Digest: March – April 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 […]

April 3, 2024|

Recent Posts

Original “Wikipedia” : Siku Quanshu Project

“The Original Wikipedia:  18th Century Chinese Emperor Qianlong’s Siku Quanshu Project” Guest: Susan Lahey, MA, ISA CAPP   Free, Live Webinar Monday, May 6, 2024 – 8:00 PM Eastern, 5:00PM Pacific (U.S. and Canada) Presenter: Susan Lahey, MA, ISA CAPP In 1772, Emperor Qianlong of China, a prolific poet, major art patron, and insatiable [...]

April 12, 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|

40th Florida Antiquarian Book Fair – Visit Us

40th Annual Florida Antiquarian Book Fair The oldest and largest antiquarian book fair in the Southeastern United States, and one of the largest in the nation. March 1-3, 2024 The Coliseum - St Petersburg, Florida Visit a number of Manuscript Society Members at their booths Stop to say hello to [...]

February 21, 2024|

Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum: A Must Visit

Peanuts comic strip by Charles Schulz from the Billy Ireland archives (photo by Nora Hickey Hyperallergic) Archie, Terry and the Pirates, Calvin and Hodges, Dick Tracy, Nancy.  Some of the iconic cartoon strips found in the archives of the Billie Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum at The Ohio State [...]

February 16, 2024|

The Beat Museum – An interview with Jerry Cimino

“What you’ll do now to me is a mystery, because what do you do with a degree in history?” Fortunately for us, Jerry Cimino decided in 2003 to take his collection of items he had personally gathered over 25 years: inexpensive reading copies of various books purchased at bookstores, minor [...]

December 4, 2023|

Florentine Codex – Aztec Culture – Entirely Digitized

Florentine Codex Disguised Mexica merchants in Tzinacantlan acquiring quetzal feathers in Book 9. (all images courtesy of the Biblioteca Medicea Laurenziana, Florence, and by permission of MiBACT) In the 16th century, as the Spanish were conquering lands in the “New World,” Bernardino de Sahagún, a Spanish Franciscan friar [...]

November 17, 2023|





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