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.

The Manuscript Society Executive Director Retirement

 Applications now being accepted.

 Shirley J. Sands, executive director of The Manuscript Society, has announced her retirement, effective July 31, 2021.

Since 2010 she has tirelessly managed the Society day to day, and helped organize the Annual Meetings, from her first in Los Angeles to assuming even more responsibility in Kansas City (2015) and Boston (2019). She will be greatly missed.

As executive director, she has worked with six presidents of the Society. When committee chairs and members alike have questions, they go to Shirley, who is known for her prompt and thoughtful responses. She has been the face of the Society in dealing with member universities whose doctoral candidates have won the Maass Research Grant, awarded annually.

For information about the position Click. Shirley will be hard to replace. However, a Search Committee is actively pursuing candidates to make a transition as seamless as possible. Suggestions are most welcome. Input from members of The Manuscript Society is encouraged, according to the Chair of the Search Committee and Society Vice-President, Ellen Myers.


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