Members of the Manuscript Society collect many kinds of “documents.” Some collect photographs, some collect letters, some collect illustrations. Long time Society member, Anthony J. Mourek shares his collecting passion:
“I own few traditional manuscripts yet I have been a member of the Manuscript Society since 1968, am a former president and currently serve on the board. Over a half-century of collecting has led me in many directions, but I always return to my first interest: original drawings of political cartoons that illustrate recognizable political figures and issues.
Why, you might ask, would a person who collects art be a member of the Manuscript Society? My answer has always been that I consider political cartoons historical documents at the intersection of politics, history and art. The attached chapter from the recently released TO LAUGH THAT WE MAY NOT WEEP gives you an idea of how I look at “documents” in my collections.”