Sometimes it is okay to be late. While March 25th is past, our webinar, Declaration of Independence, is now available on line in the Members Only section of the website. Did you know so many versions and facsimiles of the Declaration of Independence exist? Dunlap, Stone, Tyler, and Binns are only a few.  Which ones […]

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2020 Williamsburg, VA Cancelled. The Manuscript Society’s 2020 annual meeting in Williamsburg, Virginia is cancelled. The COVID19 pandemic impacts every part of the country. Communities, cities and states are requiring everyone to stay at home.  Flight availability shrinks. Our international members cannot attend. Virtually all of our venues are and will be closed to protect […]

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Manuscript Society’s tour:  Great Libraries of Rome is cancelled. The Executive Committee, Board of Trustees, recognized the need to act. The World Health Organization’s designation of COVID 19 as a pandemic along with the open-ended state of emergency by President Trump called for action.  The CDC has very specific recommendations to take care of yourself, […]

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2020 Manuscript Society Annual Meeting and COVID-19 The local organizers and the Executive Committee of the Manuscript Society are monitoring the spread of Covid-19 for any potential impacts to our annual meeting, May 12-16, 2020. At this time, we are following the advice of the CDC. While our group would not necessarily fit the CDC’s […]

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Washington Medals Last November the Historical Society of Pennsylvania auctioned off part of William Spohn Baker’s extensive collections of George Washington items. 1,102 medals relating to George Washington were sold in individual lots at a Baltimore auction. They fetched about $2.2 million for the cash-strapped historical society. Freedom Box Will the Freedom Box be next? […]

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“Frederic Goudy & H. G. Wells: The Time Traveler’s Typeface,” was presented by The Rare Book & Manuscript Library University of Illinois. The talk  presented on Friday, November 15, 2019 was by artist Rex Parker.  It is now available on YouTube. This collaboration of Goudy and Wells brought together a virtual dream team to publishing. […]

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A Carnegie Library Theft Update. After more than a year of investigations and trial,  Greg Priore and John Schulman pleaded guilty on Monday, January 13, 2020 to theft. It began in  June 2018. Documents, released by the Allegheny County Common Please Court, were unsealed stating Gregory Priore and John Schulman were under investigation for theft, […]

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Deadline looming. February 14, 2020 is the final date to submit your complete application for the 2020 Richard Maass Research Grant.  This $5,000 grant supports research expenses directly related to use of original manuscripts. Monies may be used for travel to manuscript repositories, photocopies, and user fees among other needs. Applicants must be graduate students […]

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Bruce Wolf, lawyer and collector  passed away January 4, 2020. Wolf loved collecting the history of Pittsburgh. He was instrumental in the expansion of the Westmoreland Museum of American Art in Greensburg.  Mr. Wolf led the effort as its board president. From 2007 to 2017, he aided in choosing an architect, planning and fundraising. The […]

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