Stephen Richard Kerbs (C '67) Exhibit Area
May · September
This exhibition honors the Manuscript Society,
which is holding its 2003 annual meeting
in Washington, D.C., from May 21 to May
24. Founded in 1948 as the National
Society of Autograph Collectors, the Manuscript
Society is dedicated to the collection,
preservation, and publication
of handwritten and typewritten historical,
literary, and cultural documents. Paying
particular attention to
the annual meetings of 1950, 1963, and
1974 - also when the society visited
capital - this exhibition traces the development
of the organization
from its founding in 1948 to the present.
The items on display are drawn from the Records of the
Manuscripts Society, one of the many manuscript
collections preserved in the Georgetown
University Library Special
Collections Division. In fact, Special
Collections owns hundreds of manuscript
collections, and, as part of its
annual meeting this year, the Manuscript
Society will visit Special Collections
to view some of Georgetown's
finest manuscripts. The exhibition featuring
many of the library's best manuscripts
is on view on the fifth
floor in the Special Collections Division.
- Third Floor Exhibition Committee
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Press release announcing formation of National
Society of Autograph Collectors, 1948. The organization's
name was later changed to the Manuscript Society.
The Autograph Collectors' Journal, vol.
1 no. 1, October 1948. First issue of journal
of National Society of Autograph Collectors.
The journal title later was
changed to Manuscripts.
Photograph of Colton Storm, curator of manuscripts and
maps at the William L. Clements Library
at the University of Michigan, addressing
persons who attended the banquet
of the first annual meeting of the National
Society of Autograph Collectors at Ann
Arbor, Michigan, May 17-18,
Photograph of a manuscript copy of an early
draft of the Declaration of Independence
being looked over by
a resident of Saginaw, Michigan, who
attended the first annual meeting of the
National Society of Autograph Collectors.
The manuscript was the one through which
George III of England learned that the
colonies wanted their freedom.
Photograph of exhibition hall at third
annual meeting of the National Society of Autograph Collectors
D.C., 1950, the first time the society
met in the nation's capital.
Brochure from manuscript sale in Washington,
D.C., 1950, third annual meeting.
Manuscripts, vol. 5 no. 4, Summer
1953. Formerly The
Autograph Collectors' Journal.
Name tag from the Manuscript Society national convention
in Washington, D.C. in 1963, the second time the group
met in this city.
Program from the 1963 meeting.
Program from the 1974 annual meeting in
Manuscripts, vol. 28 no. 3, Summer
Manuscripts, vol. 38 no. 1, Winter
Manuscripts, vol. 54 no. 2, Spring
The Manuscript Society News, vol.
24 no. 1, Winter 2003.
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