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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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2023 Maass Grant Recipient Announced

Maxwell Pingeon, a PhD student in the department of Religious Studies at the University of Virginia was named the 2023 Maass research grant recipient.

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Libraries of Rome – 2023 International Travel

The Manuscript Society in conjunction with International Seminars Design Inc. presents a tour like no other! Tour the most beautiful libraries of Rome and see their rare manuscript collections…

Latest Digest

Digest – December 2022-January 2023

Manuscript Digest: December 2022 – January 2023 – 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 […]

February 1, 2023|

Recent Posts

MM On-Demand: Classic Animation Art – Recognize & Value

Identifying and Valuing Classic Animation Art This fascinating and exciting live-stream presentation describes the intricate process of creating classic animation art and how the animation process impacts the value of classic 'cels' and illustrations. Snoopy and Charlie Brown Animation Cel Melanie Smith will describe the many different steps [...]

February 6, 2023|

Oldest Runestone Found in Norway

When we think of recording history our thoughts first go to papyrus, vellum, and cotton paper. Items that most collectors desire. But along with these forms, men and women have desired to record his or her existence. Runes are the characters in several Germanic alphabets that were used in northern [...]

January 20, 2023|

Richard Hakluyt Manuscripts

Richard Hakluyt (1553-1616) Richard Hakluyt is familiar to every student of American History.  He was an English geographer. His many writings, and his persistent promotion of Elizabethan overseas expansion encouraged England to explore and colonize North America. Color version of Abraham Ortelius’ Typus Orbis Terrarum, a map inserted into [...]

January 19, 2023|

MM On-Demand: Manuscript Society New Year’s Party

Holiday Leftovers, and a toast to 75 years of the Manuscript Society We’ll open it up to a virtual gathering of friends and lively discussions.  Get your camera & mic ready (if you wish) – We’ll ALL be live! Ask questions about collecting Share a short collecting story Discuss what’s new [...]

January 2, 2023|

Charles V Letter Decoded

It is 1547 and the Holy Roman Emperor Charles V sends to his ambassador at the French royal court - a man called Jean de Saint-Mauris - one of many  letters. Once decoded it gives insight into the preoccupations of Europe's rulers at a time of dangerous instability caused by [...]

December 16, 2022|

Caveat-emptor: Buyer Beware

Let the Buyer Beware: In the world of collecting, one challenge is authenticity. Is the item what it purports to be? Caveat emptor is a Latin phrase that translates to "let the buyer beware." It means that an individual buys at their own risk. Potential buyers are warned by the [...]

December 15, 2022|

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