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Welcome to The Manuscript Society

The Mission of the Manuscript Society is to encourage the collection and preservation of manuscripts and documents; to stimulate and aid collectors in their various collecting specialties; to facilitate the exchange of information and knowledge among collectors, scholars, dealers and the general public; and to promote the highest professional and ethical standards.


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Manuscript Mondays

The Manuscript Society is hosting monthly webinars on topics for collectors.  Each hour long webinar provides an opportunity to peek behind the scenes of valuations, writing & publishing, purchasing/selling, auctions and more.  Find out more about upcoming webinars!

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Collectors Guide to Sports Autographs

In this world of fakes and forgeries, how do you go about collecting your favorite contemporary and past heroes! How can you judge authenticity? Are there any rules of thumb to help you?  Joe Orlando, Executive Vice President of Sports at Heritage Auctions shares his knowledge with anyone interested in or already collecting sports autographs.

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A Step-By-Step Guide to making an Illuminated Manuscript

Every time I see one of these amazing books, produced hundreds of years ago, I walk away in wonder. Close consideration shows the incredible detail of the images and the text. Did one person create it all?…

Latest Digest

Digest – March & April 2024

Manuscript Digest: March – April 2024 – This complimentary e-digest, now published bi-monthly, covers significant acquisitions and sales, manuscripts lost and found, rare books and ephemera, document conservation, and more news in this digest […]

April 3, 2024|

Recent Posts

40th Florida Antiquarian Book Fair – Visit Us

40th Annual Florida Antiquarian Book Fair The oldest and largest antiquarian book fair in the Southeastern United States, and one of the largest in the nation. March 1-3, 2024 The Coliseum - St Petersburg, Florida Visit a number of Manuscript Society Members at their booths Stop to say hello to [...]

February 21, 2024|

Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum: A Must Visit

Peanuts comic strip by Charles Schulz from the Billy Ireland archives (photo by Nora Hickey Hyperallergic) Archie, Terry and the Pirates, Calvin and Hodges, Dick Tracy, Nancy.  Some of the iconic cartoon strips found in the archives of the Billie Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum at The Ohio State [...]

February 16, 2024|

The Beat Museum – An interview with Jerry Cimino

“What you’ll do now to me is a mystery, because what do you do with a degree in history?” Fortunately for us, Jerry Cimino decided in 2003 to take his collection of items he had personally gathered over 25 years: inexpensive reading copies of various books purchased at bookstores, minor [...]

December 4, 2023|

Florentine Codex – Aztec Culture – Entirely Digitized

Florentine Codex Disguised Mexica merchants in Tzinacantlan acquiring quetzal feathers in Book 9. (all images courtesy of the Biblioteca Medicea Laurenziana, Florence, and by permission of MiBACT) In the 16th century, as the Spanish were conquering lands in the “New World,” Bernardino de Sahagún, a Spanish Franciscan friar [...]

November 17, 2023|

Manuscript Mondays: Thanksgiving Leftovers – Open Discussion

Manuscript Mondays Thanksgiving Leftovers:  A Manuscript Society virtual gathering! Monday, December 4, 2023 - 8:00PM Eastern, 5:00PM Pacific Moderator: Brian Kathenes - We’ll chat about our favorite manuscript memories from 2023 - Share a favorite piece from your collection - Ask questions of fellow members - Talk about what’s in [...]

November 14, 2023|

MM On-Demand: Rare Book Collecting with Ken Gloss (11/6/23)

The Inside Scoop on Rare Book Collecting with Ken Gloss Overview Ken will discuss growing up in the book business and show some of his favorite finds while enjoying “the thrill of the hunt.”  He will also share many fascinating anecdotes about private and institutional collecting, as well as guidelines [...]

October 4, 2023|

2024 Maass Research Grant Application Process Now Open

October 1, 2023 - Maass Research Grant Applications are now being accepted! Beginning in the academic 1999-2000 year, The Manuscript Society has provided research scholarships to graduate students who depend heavily on manuscripts for their research. 2024 is no exception. The 2024 research grant worth $5,000.00 assists students with travel, [...]

October 3, 2023|

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