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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An Alexander Hamilton letter written in 1780 has come to light. This handwritten signed letter is from Hamilton to the Marquis de Lafayette.  Lafayette, a general fighting for the American cause during the American Revolution is receiving British trip locations from Hamilton. It is one of many documents written by early American Revolutionaries and originally […]

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Beowulf! How many of us remember our school days reading, or at least trying to read, “classics” like Beowulf, Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales or Shakespeare’s King Lear. Even today, research continues on authorship, writing styles, the meanings of words, syntax and so much more.  Beowulf, believed to have been composed around 1000 was first published in […]

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Books vanishing into the ether world. Unknown until now.  All discovered from a lost volume now found! No, it is not from the world of Harry Potter. The 500 year old Libro de los Epítomes is the catalog for Hernando Colón’s 16th-century collection. His library was to be the biggest in the world.  Amazingly the […]

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