In 2016, the City of Pittsburgh began the process of evaluating and cataloging its vast collection of historical materials and records. These records range from documents, letters, and maps to minute books chronicling some of the earliest days of Pittsburgh’s history. Many are over 200 years old. Unfortunately there are gaps in the records. As […]

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Virginia has HISTORY! This historic region of the country is the site for the Manuscript Society 2020 Annual Meeting. When: Tuesday, May 12 through Saturday, May 16, 2020. Where: Headquarters will be at the Colonial Williamsburg Lodge in Williamsburg, Virginia. The planners have traveled the countryside visiting venues, restaurants, archives, historical societies, and libraries to […]

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September 10th has come and gone.  But members of the Manuscript Society can access the Webinar: Fakes, Phonies and Forgeries. Fakes, Phonies and Forgeries online. Led by Brian Kathenes, ISA CAPP, attendees from around the world learned techniques to spot forgeries, autopens, secretarials and more. Questions were taken from participants.  Now available on our Members […]

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John Jay, John Marshall, Roger Taney, Salmon P. Chase, Oliver Wendell Holmes and William Howard Taft.  All members of the United States Supreme Court. But you knew that. They are only a few of the justices highlighted in a new on-line exhibit. Featured are some of the notable portraits and documents available in the United […]

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One of  Thomas Jefferson’s 1826 letters announcing the appointment of the University of Virginia’s first professor of law returns to the UVA’s Arthur J. Morris Law Library. The letter is now on display.  John Tayloe Lomax was a Virginia native practicing law in Fredericksburg. He was chosen by Thomas Jefferson and James Madison as much […]

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The Manuscript Society now offers free webinars!  Our first one will be on September 10, 2019 at 8PM EST.  Join Society Trustee, Brian Kathenes, for an absolutely free live-stream webinar: “Autographs – Phonies, Fake, and Forgeries.” Brian will a share some of the most famous and intriguing phonies, fakes, and forgeries in the autograph collecting world.  […]

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The Richard Maass Research grant is once again offered by the Manuscript Society in 2020. The grant amount of $5,000.00 supports research expenses directly related to the use of original manuscripts. Expenses include travel to manuscript repositories, photocopies, and user fees as well as other direct costs. Applications are due February 14, 2020, and decisions […]

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Not long before Dave Smith’s unanticipated death, Manuscript Society Board of Trustees member, Kevin Segall sat down with Dave to interview him about his career, collecting interests and any advice he had for young people interested in archives.  That interview from in the Spring issue of Manuscripts, is shared here.  After his death, the society […]

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In Boston, MA at the annual meeting of the Manuscript Society in April 2019, the general membership in attendance elected the following individuals to become the Class of 2022 to join the Board of Trustees. We are fortunate that some renewed their service and we have also added new members. Continuing Members Richard Ellis, MD, […]

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