The newest group of individuals of the Board of Trustees for the Manuscript Society were voted into office by the membership at the Annual Business Meeting in New Orleans in 2018.  They are now members of the class of 2021. Meet them now:

Brian Kathenes headshotBrian G. Kathenes, ISA CAPP, is a 30-year member and past trustee of the Manuscript Society. He received the President’s Award in 2010 for his leadership and service to the organization. Brian is a Certified Appraiser of Autographs, Manuscripts & Historical Documents. He hosts Value This! with Brian and Leon, a nationally syndicated antiques and collect­ibles talk show on public radio. Brian has chaired the International Society of Appraisers Ethics Committee and was keynote speaker at the Folger Shakespeare Library and the Library of Congress.

Peter Klarnet is a specialist in early Americana. He has brought many major collections to sale, including the autograph collection of Henry E. Luhrs, the Leonard Finger collection of Theatrical History, and the papers of Norman Cousins. In 2016, Peter joined Christie’s, New York as the senior specialist for manuscript Americana. There, he has already worked with the private collection of President and Mrs. Ronald Reagan, the Wright Brothers correspondence of aviation journalist Earl Findley, and selections from the Archive de Chastellux.

Ellen Howell Myers, PhD, is set to come back for a second term on the board. A Texas native, she taught college-level history for 45 years, primarily at San Antonio College. Her publications include textbook guides for Harper & Row and articles on colonial Latin America. Ellen has studied at Mount Vernon College in Washington, DC, as well as the National University in Madrid and Tulane University in New Orleans, and holds an MA and PhD from the University of Virginia. She chairs the Manuscript Society’s scholarship committee.

Carolyn Hoover Sung, PhD, has been a Manuscript Society member since about 1970. A historian, librarian, and archivist, she spent a half-century career at the Library of Congress. In her retirement, she volunteers in the Manuscript Preparation Section. She is a much-published expert in American book and manuscript collecting, and editing and preservation of library materials. Her collecting interest focuses on the 19th century, mainly Southern local history. Carolyn returns to the Manuscript Society board after a brief hiatus; she previously served from 1984 to 1987.

Kent Yabuki is also slated to return for a second board term. Kent is retired after a career with the US Departments of the Army and Air Force in California, Texas, and New Mexico. He has been an avid autograph collector since childhood. Over the years he has amassed an eclectic collection of manuscripts and documents in areas such as presidents, US history, scientists and inventors, aviation, literature, music, and world leaders. His collecting interests also include comic books, animation, and other memora­bilia. Kent chairs the society’s membership committee.