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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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2023 Maass Grant Recipient Announced

Maxwell Pingeon, a PhD student in the department of Religious Studies at the University of Virginia was named the 2023 Maass research grant recipient.

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Libraries of Rome – 2023 International Travel

The Manuscript Society in conjunction with International Seminars Design Inc. presents a tour like no other! Tour the most beautiful libraries of Rome and see their rare manuscript collections…

Latest Digest

Digest: July-August, 2023

Manuscript Digest:  July – August 2023 – 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 […]

August 1, 2023|

Recent Posts

Camden’s Annals reveal New Light on Elizabeth I

British Library researcher throws new light on Elizabeth I An opening from one of the manuscripts of Camden's Annals ©The British Library Board If you are as student of Tudor-Stuart English history, you will be familiar with the Camden Annals. William Camden’s Annals is a valuable source on [...]

September 21, 2023|

Manuscript Mondays: The Original “Wikipedia” – Siku Quanshu

“The Original Wikipedia:  18th Century Chinese Emperor Qianlong’s Siku Quanshu Project” Free, Live Webinar   CANCELED DUE TO ILLNESS Monday, October 3, 2023 - 8:00 PM Eastern, 5:00PM Pacific (U.S. and Canada) Presenter: Susan Lahey, MA, ISA CAPP Moderator: Brian Kathenes In 1772, Emperor Qianlong of China, a prolific poet, major art patron, and [...]

September 12, 2023|

MM On-Demand: Darwin’s Life in Autographs & Letters (9/4/2023)

Overview Join us for an insider’s look at the fascinating life of Charles Darwin, through the incredible autograph collection of Dr. Barton Smith.  Dr. Smith will share some amazing letters and manuscripts from his extensive Darwin collection. Host: Brian Kathenes Guest: Dr. Barton Smith Original Date: September 4th, 2023 - [...]

September 4, 2023|

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

An Illuminated Manuscript: Have you ever wondered, “How did they do that?” 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? Were [...]

August 18, 2023|

2023 Ewell L. Newman Award Winner Announced

The American Historical Print Collectors Society Announces the winner of the Ewell L. Newman Award for 2023 For more than thirty years, the American Historical Print Collectors Society (AHPCS) has recognized significant scholarship in the field of American historical prints with its Ewell L. Newman Book Award. Newman (1905-1992) was [...]

August 16, 2023|

Collectors Guide to Sports Autographs

Sports Autograph Collecting Jackie Robinson Letter Mickey Mantle, Babe Ruth, Jackie Robinson, Clayton Kershaw, Mike Trout.  Karim Abdul Jabar, Michael Jordan, LeBron James, Diana Taurasi. Tiger Woods, Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicholas. Vince Lombardi, Payton Manning, Patrick Mahomes, Michael Strahan. Serena Williams, Martina Navratilova, Arthur Ash, Roger Federer. Bobby [...]

August 4, 2023|

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