The Manuscript Society was founded in 1948 to promote the collection, preservation, and use of manuscripts. In order to encourage the use of original manuscripts for academic research, The Manuscript Society established the Richard Maass Research Grant. The grant is named in memory of humanitarian, benefactor, legendary collector and founding member of The Manuscript Society Richard Maass (1919-1998). The first grant was made for the academic year 1999-2000.

Young Scholars face daunting costs when they must travel to use manuscripts at distant repositories. Shortfalls in funding can imperil studies. Members of the Manuscript Society are invited to contribute to the Scholarship Fund. Together we can cultivate the next generation of scholars and future collectors — a great return on our investment! …read more

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The Maass Research Grant

The grant, currently set at $5,000, is awarded to an individual student. The money is given to the academic institution where the winner is enrolled, and in turn the institution gives it to the student.All of the money goes to the individual; the university does not retain any of the funds.

Applicants must be pursuing a graduate degree at an accredited College or University that holds institutional membership in The Manuscript Society. Preference is given to doctoral candidates.  The Grant is to be used for expenses related directly to research using original manuscripts.

Past Maass Grant winners : Kim Todt (2009), Brian I. Gillis (2010,)Kristen McCabe Lashua (2012), Kameliya Atanasova (2014), Rosemary V.Lee (2011), Matthew Kruer (2013), Christopher Gillett (2015), Silvia Escanilla Huerta (2017), Kyle Bond (2018), Taylor Sims (2019), Christopher T. Richards (2020), LeNie Adolphson (2022).

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University Members of Manuscript Society

The following Universities and Colleges are currently members in good standing in The Manuscript Society. As such, graduate students currently enrolled in academic programs at these institutions are eligible to apply for the 2023 Richard Maass Research Grant of $5,000.00. All requirements and instructions are included on this site. [If you do not see your institution on this list contact your academic advisor about joining.]

  • Arizona State University
  • Auburn University
  • Ball State University
  • Baylor University
  • Bibliotheek der Rijksuniversiteit
  • Boston College
  • Boston University
  • Bowling Green State University
  • Brigham Young University
  • Brown University
  • Columbia University
  • Dartmouth College
  • DePaul University
  • Duke University
  • Florida State University
  • Georgetown University
  • Harvard University
  • Haverford College
  • Hebrew Union College
  • Indiana University
  • Iowa State University
  • Louisiana State University
  • Marietta College (Ohio)
  • Michigan State University
  • National Defense University
  • New York University
  • Northern Illinois University
  • Ohio University
  • Ohio State University
  • Oklahoma State University
  • Osterreichische Nationalbibliothek
  • Oxford University, Bodleian Libraries
  • Pennsylvania State University
  • Princeton University
  • Purdue University
  • Rice University
  • Southern Methodist University
  • Stanford University
  • Texas A & M University
  • Tulane University
  • University of Alabama
  • University of Arkansas
  • University of British Columbia
  • University of California – Berkeley
  • University of California – Santa Cruz
  • University of Chicago
  • University of Colorado
  • University of Dublin, Trinity College
  • University of Georgia
  • University of Illinois – Champagne-Urbana
  • University of Iowa
  • University of Kentucky
  • University of Maryland
  • University of Michigan
  • University of Minnesota
  • University of North Texas
  • University of Notre Dame
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • University of Pittsburgh
  • University of Rochester
  • University of Tennessee – Knoxville
  • University of Texas – Austin
  • University of Utah
  • University of Vermont
  • University of Virginia
  • University of Wisconsin – Madison
  • UVA Universiteitsbibkiotheek SZ
  • Washington University in St Louis
  • Wayne State University
  • West Virginia University
  • Western Michigan University
  • William and Mary College