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News from the world of manuscript and autograph collecting
July 2014
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O Say, Can You See How the Anthem Has Changed?
New York Times, June 27, 2014
Discover how "Defence of Fort M'Henry" turned into "The Star-Spangled Banner" — and how a librarian found the true composer. >>

• Hear the original arrangement July 3 at the Library of Congress. >>
• See a rare first edition at the Morgan Library, New York. >>
• Read the forgotten verses that trash-talk the British Army. >>

As the Torch Passes, World War II Ephemera Burns Brightly
New York Times, June 6, 2014
Can't make it to New York's Grolier Club? Catch the highlights of an exhibition by Manuscript Society member Kenneth W. Rendell. >>

From D-Day to eBay: Historian's Grandson Charged in Documents Theft
Washington Post, June 10, 2014
Samuel Eliot Morison wrote the book on the US Navy's World War II operations. Now authorities are throwing the book at his grandson. >>

Honors Awarded to the Man Who Saved Timbuktu's Manuscripts
DW, June 24, 2014
A librarian risked his life to rescue 500,000 manuscripts from destruction. Think somebody should give him a prize? Somebody did. >>

• Learn more about the daring rescue operation. >>

Small Hands, Tiny Books, Big Questions
Harvard Gazette, June 26, 2014
Harvard Library has posted nine miniature books by the Brontë children. What does "kiddie lit" tell about authors' future work? >>

Against All Odds, Alamo Relics Going to Texas
Reuters, June 26, 2014
Grammy winner Phil Collins is donating his "old bits of metal and old bits of paper" for a museum at the Texas shrine. >>

How Does It Feel? Bob Dylan Manuscript Scores $2 Million at Auction
Fine Books & Collections, June 26, 2014
"Like a Rolling Stone" has set a new record for rock lyrics, topping the $1.2 million paid in 2010 for John Lennon's "A Day in the Life." >>

John Lennon Manuscripts Draw $2.9 Million
Reuters, June 4, 2014
The big bucks went for a Sherlock Holmes parody, sold for $209,000. See the rest of the lot and what it brought. >>

Celebrity Signings Are Fading, if You Get the Picture
The Telegraph, June 10, 2014
Selfies with celebs are on the rise. Is the celebrity autograph hunter an endangered species? >>

The Road to Scholarship Takes a Cursive Twist
Chronicle of Higher Education, June 27, 2014
Fewer students are learning cursive. A rare manuscripts librarian looks at what's coming around the bend. >>


Magna Carta: Cornerstone of Liberty
Ends September 1, 2014, closed July 4
Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Ave., Boston
Adults $25, students and seniors $23, youth and members free >>

Marks of Genius: Treasures from the Bodleian Library
Ends September 14, closed Mondays
The Morgan Library & Museum, 225 Madison Avenue at 36th Street,
New York
Adults $18, students and seniors $12, children and members free >>

Enduring War: Grief, Grit and Humour
Posters, poetry, books and pamphlets from World War I
Ends October 12
British Library, 96 Euston Road, London
Free >>

Route 66: The Road and the Romance
Ends January 4, 2015, closed Mondays and July 4
The Autry in Griffin Park, 4700 Western Heritage Way, Los Angeles
Adults $10, students and seniors $8, children $4, members free >>
The Manuscript Society is a nonprofit organization of persons and institutions devoted to the collection, preservation, use, and enjoyment of autographs and manuscripts.
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November 2–9
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Brother Hugo and the Bear
Katy Beebe; S.D. Schindler, illustrator
A bear ate my manuscript;
for ages 5–11 >>

On Paper
Nicholas A. Basbanes
g Random House
Paper's 2,000-year history >>

The Roar of the Lion
Richard Toye
Oxford University Press
Diary entries reveal public response to Churchill's speeches >>

A Traveled First Lady
Margaret A. Hogan and
C. James Taylor, eds.
Belknap Press
Writings of Louisa Catherine Adams >>

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