Manuscript Digest – June 2020 – This complimentary e-digest, launched in 2012, covers significant acquisitions and sales, manuscripts lost and found, rare books and ephemera, document conservation, and more.
Below is the list of society members who have committed to service on the Board of Trustees for the next three years. Two are brand new and three have taken on a second term. We thank them all for their commitment to the society. The 2023 Class of Trustees of the Manuscript Society: New Members: […]
Serving for two years the new Officers of the Board of Trustees have been involved with the Manuscript Society for a number of years. They are: Douglass Rohrman will segue into the presidential seat after two years as the society’s vice president. Doug is a semi-retired environmental lawyer, formerly with the international law firm of […]
“These are the times that try all men’s souls…” Thomas Paine [The American Crisis, 19 Dec. 1776] The OFFICIAL COLLECTED WORKS OF THOMAS PAINE Project is looking for manuscript Thomas Paine correspondence held in private hands. This Project is led by leading Paine scholars in Europe and America. Do you have a Paine letter original? […]
“The Defence of Fort M’Henry.” Not all that catchy… Not an advertisement? Sorry, not on page 1. The lines are relegated to page 2 of the newspaper. It began as a poem. The triumph of American bravery against the might of Great Britain. It became a song we sing all the time…… “Oh say can […]
“We in America do not have government by the majority, we have government by the majority who participate. All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent.” Thomas Jefferson “We the people are the rightful masters of both Congress and the courts, not to overthrow the Constitution but […]
Document Conservation: Today’s challenge In 2019, NEDCC [Northeast Document Conservation Center] worked on the conservation of the State of South Carolina’s seven Constitutions. They also worked to conserve a certified copy of the 1790 Constitution. The South Carolina Department of Archives and History was concerned with prior restoration techniques. Were they affecting some of the […]
John Holmes Jenkins was a Texan. He was a gambler. A rare book collector. Poker pro “Amarillo Slim” Preston described Jenkins as “a sneaky, clever rat.” John Holmes Jenkins’ life and times is illuminated by Santa Fe rare books dealer, Manuscript Society member and onetime Jenkins acquaintance Michael Vinson. His new book is , “Bluffing […]
Manuscript Digest – May 2020 – This complimentary e-digest, launched in 2012, covers significant acquisitions and sales, manuscripts lost and found, rare books and ephemera, document conservation, and more.
August 2, 1939 – Physicist Leó Szilárd writes a letter signed by Albert Einstein. It is sent to Franklin D. Roosevelt. It is an attempt to warn the president that Nazi Germany may be working on a fission bomb. The U.S. should begin work immediately on its own nuclear weapons research. September 1, 1939 – […]