Below is the list of society members who have committed to service on the Board of Trustees for the next three years. Two are brand new and three have taken on a second term. We thank them all for their commitment to the society.
The 2024 Class of Trustees of the Manuscript Society:
New and Returning
Gerald “Jay” Gaidmore is the Marian and Alan McLeod Director of the Special Collections Research Center at William & Mary. He has more than 20 years’ experience as an archivist with the Library of Virginia, Brown University, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Previously on the Virginia State Historical Records Advisory Board, he is now president of the Williamsburg Historic Records Association. Gaidmore holds an MA in history from Old Dominion University and a Master of Library and Information Sciences from the University of South Carolina.
Scott Mubarak, MD, is surgeon in chief at Rady Children’s Hospital and professor of orthopedics at UC San Diego School of Medicine. He also is a past president of the Pediatric Orthopedic Society of North America. Last year he received the Nicolas Andry Lifetime Achievement Award. Dr. Mubarak has been interested in history throughout his career and has published papers about the lives of physicians. He served as a Manuscript Society trustee from 2012 to 2018. His collecting interests are poetry, science, space, and South Pacific history.
Brian G. Kathenes, ISA S-CAPP, is a 30-year Manuscript Society member, chair of the Membership Committee, and host of our webinar series. In 2010 he received the President’s Award for his leadership and service to the organization. He also is the author of the syndicated column “The Autograph Detective” and is the host of Hobby World, a weekly cable TV program relating to hobbies and collectibles. Kathenes holds the first and only Specialist Certification (S-CAPP) in Autographs, Manuscripts, and Historical Documents.
Peter Klarnet is a specialist in early Americana. He has brought many major collections to sale, among them the papers of Norman Cousins. In 2016 Klarnet joined Christie’s, New York as the senior specialist for manuscript Americana. There he has worked with the papers of the Marquis de Chastellux, the Findlay-Wright Papers, the Roger Judd Collection of American Historical Autographs, and the Louisiana Purchase Collection of A. J. Tullock. He also brought the Albert Einstein “God letter” to auction, achieving a record $2.89 million.
Carolyn Hoover Sung, PhD, has been a Manuscript Society member since about 1970 and now heads the Publications Committee. 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 as well as in editing and preserving library materials. Her interests include 19th-century publisher and politician Peter Force. She holds a PhD in American studies from George Washington University.