In November, 2017,  Manuscript Society Member, Stuart Lutz, wrote an article, Can I Deduct that? An Introduction to Appraisals for the society journal, Manuscripts.  He included the proposed parameters issued by the IRS.  Stuart noted new requirements for appraisers and outlined questions collectors needed to ask of appraisers and the limitations on valuation. For the […]

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Deadline looming. February 14, 2019 is the final date to submit a complete application for the 2019 Richard Maass Research Grant.  The $5,000 grant supports research expenses directly related to use of original manuscripts. This includes travel to manuscript repositories, photocopies, and user fees. Applicants must be graduate students. Doctoral candidates are given preference. The […]

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Pedro Corrêa do Lago of Brazil, has collected for over five decades. His collection of autographs is the largest in the world. It surpasses  his personal inspiration, John Pierpont Morgan. Richard Hall is a collector, appraisals expert, and adviser on manuscripts to Alex Cooper Auctioneers in Maryland. Both men are aware of the changes that […]

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Washington, October 1940; Samuel Houston Johnson; Alice Glass; Big Oil….  Historian Robert de Caro’s article “The Secrets of Lyndon Johnson’s Archives” illuminates the discoveries and challenges found when researching in manuscripts!  Remembering his first visit to the Johnson Presidential Library and Archives in Austin, “In front of me was a broad, tall marble staircase. At […]

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James H. Billington, an eminent American scholar of Russian culture who led the Library of Congress for three decades as librarian of Congress, died Nov. 20 at a hospital in Washington. He was 89. An advisor to President Reagan, a skilled fund-raiser for the library, and force unto himself, Billington propelling the expansion of the world’s […]

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Rocky and Bullwinkle, Smurfette, Crusader Rabbit, and Scooby-Doo are cartoon favorites of millions of children.  Not every child however, has the chance to meet the voices!  Society member Kevin Segall shares his story of his first autographs. My First Autographs By Kevin Segall I was nine years old in 1983 when I went with my […]

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