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.
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!
Like many collectors, the Covid-19 pandemic forced me to stay home more than usual. I’ve re-read favorite books, completed nagging home projects, and delved deep into researching letters and documents in my collection.
At first in-person meeting since 2019, the May 2022 business meeting was held in Williamsburg, Virginia. The attending membership approved the new officers and the new members of the Board of Trustees.
Manuscript Digest: June – July 2022 – 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 […] […] […]
The Manuscript Society announces, Allen Ottens, society member and past president, has won the 2021 Army Historical Foundation Distinguished Writing Award for his biography, General John A. Rawlins: No Ordinary Man. Allen Ottens The AHF Distinguished Writing Awards program established in 1997, recognizes authors who make a [...]
Benton Barracks-Dead Letter 1044 During the Civil War years, hundreds of thousands of young soldiers wrote letters home. The soldiers, often poorly educated, had never even addressed a letter. The recipient’s name and address on the envelopes were undecipherable. Sweeping changes to postage requirements and the interruption of [...]
Board of Trustees and Officers 2022-2023 At the first in-person meeting since 2019, the May 2022 business meeting was held in Williamsburg, Virginia. The attending membership approved the new officers and the new members of the Board of Trustees. Here are the Officers and Board of Trustees of The Manuscript [...]
Etiquette Your Mother Never Taught You: Special Collections, Museums and Rare Book Rooms Bradley D. Cook - Curator of Photographs, Indiana University One of the many privileges of being a member of a professional organization is the “behind the scenes” tours we are offered by museums, libraries, and [...]
To the surprise of even auction houses, New York City has repealed its regulations that applied to book and art auctions. According to city officials, the actions were taken as a way to make New York City more conducive to business. Yet, did not the regulations give confidence to auction [...]
Manuscript Preservation is always a challenge Paper does not last forever. One of the most significant challenges is acidic degradation. Libraries and archive collections are a valued resource for our history and culture, containing the wealth of human knowledge and artistic expression. They contain some of the earliest writings ever [...]
Manuscript Monday: Etiquette Your Mother Never Taught You: Special Collections, Museums and Rare Book Rooms Free Live Webinar Monday, June 6, 2022 8:00 - 9:00 PM Eastern One of the many privileges of being a member of a professional organization is the “behind the scenes” tours we are offered by [...]