Smith Interview – Collecting Manuscripts

The Fellowship of American Bibliophilic Societies (FABS) was founded in 1993 as a “society of societies” whose members are the clubs themselves. As members of The Manuscript Society, you have already “joined” FABS.

You, as a Manuscript Society Member, receive the twice-yearly publication, the FABS Journal, containing member club news as well as scholarship and musings of interest to the book-and-paper crowd.

This month’s zoom interview blog hosted by Jennifer Larson, FABS Chair. Her guest: Barton Smith, Past President, and society representative to FABS.

Enjoy this wide-ranging interview with Barton on collecting, his collection, building a collections, things to watch out for and more.

The FABS interview post is live now at:

Thank you, Jennifer, for this lovely interview.

About FABS

The Fellowship of American Bibliophilic Societies (FABS)

The goals:

increase fellowship among clubs,

share ideas to improve our respective organizations, and

“to further the social and intellectual enjoyment derived from the larger world of books.”

FABS is a unique national and international society of bibliophilic groups. It is the first and only one of its kind. FABS study trips hosted by member societies have wafted participants on magical mystery tours to visit institutional libraries, archives, binderies, printers, book artisans and private collections in Philadelphia, San Francisco, Chicago, Boston, Seattle, and many other cities. With the advent of Covid, Zoom and other teleconference platforms became a lifeline for booklovers, and FABS societies have risen to the challenge of providing their members with excellent virtual programming. In the process, the bibliophilic world has become more accessible and inclusive.

FABS maintains a calendar of events (most open to the public) at Our e-Newsletter, Joie de Livre, provides a digest of upcoming virtual events, FABS news and blog posts. To receive Joie de Livre, visit and sign up on the newsletter page.