Manuscript Digest –June 2018– This complimentary e-digest, launched in 2012, covers significant acquisitions and sales, manuscripts lost and found, rare books and ephemera, document conservation, and more.

In the News

Play Ball!
Washington Post, May 18, 2018
Lost for years, the 1857 “Laws of Base Ball” manuscript is going to the show at the Library of Congress. Where it’s been all this time and why its new owner has seen it only once.

Lincoln Lorn
Chicago Tribune, May 11, 2018
A cash crunch at his presidential library could put Lincoln’s stovepipe hat and blood-stained gloves up for sale. And what about the state’s copy of the Gettysburg Address?
The GoFundMe campaign and $5 Fridays

History on the Move
Daily Press, May 3, 2018
After close to a century, the archives of Colonial Williamsburg have a new home. What does it take to move 8,000 boxes of treasured cargo? You don’t want to know. Oh, maybe you do.
☛ Watch for the Manuscript Society’s 2020 annual meeting in Colonial Williamsburg.

Hi, Jack
The Sun, May 1, 2018
“Stop me before I kill again”? Not Jack the Ripper. His last letter to the PD warned of more murders. That slice of history just changed hands. Unlike Jack, it did time in police custody.

Fame of Price
Arkansas Online, May 20, 2018
Florence Price — the first black female composer to have her work performed by a major US orchestra — is having a moment. How her papers, and her legacy, were almost lost forever.

Weathering Change
Pacific Standard, May 11, 2018
The heat is on for rare books and manuscripts. Why climate change is a big threat to small collections, which archives are most at risk, and what needs to happen now.

On the Mark
Daily Beast, May 25, 2018
Scholars say they’ve found a second- or third-century fragment from the Gospel of Mark. Why the raised eyebrows? Questions about the dating, to start. Plus the connection to …

Blotted Paper
The Inquirer, May 14, 2018
Blots and blemishes, spills and spots. You try soaking them out, you try scrubbing them out — or not. Scholars are taking a closer look at what manuscript stains can tell us.
• How to unstick tape from old paper
• How medieval parchment was patched

V Is for Vatican
Fast Company | Co. Design, May 4, 2018
Can artificial intelligence lift the veil on the Vatican Secret Archives? Sure, with the right training, AI might read cursive texts. So who’s schooling the AI? Surprise!

Kids and Cursive
Kenosha News, May 4, 2018
If you’re fretting over the future of handwriting, here’s hope. See what happened when a class of fifth-graders met up with African Arabic manuscripts at Northwestern University.

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