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A manuscript (abbreviated MS for singular and MSS for plural) was, traditionally, any document that is written by hand – or, once practical typewriters became available, typewritten — as opposed to being mechanically printed or reproduced in some indirect or automated way. More recently, the term has come to be understood to further include any written, typed, or word-processed copy of an author's work, as distinguished from its rendition as a printed version of the same. Before the arrival of printing, all documents and books were manuscripts. Manuscripts are not defined by their contents, which may combine writing with mathematical calculations, maps, music notation, explanatory figures or illustrations.

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Greek Manuscripts 1251. Sticherarion

Greek Manuscripts 1251. Sticherarion

Manuscript was filmed and made available in 1952. Copied on paper.

Greek Manuscripts 812. Oktoëchos Oktoechos
Greek Manuscripts 1251. Sticherarion

Greek Manuscripts 1251. Sticherarion

Manuscript was filmed and made available in 1952. Copied on paper.

Greek Manuscripts 1251. Sticherarion

Greek Manuscripts 1251. Sticherarion

Manuscript was filmed and made available in 1952. Copied on paper.

Greek Manuscripts 812. Oktoëchos Oktoechos
Leonard Bernstein to Marc Blitzstein, July 20, 1962

Leonard Bernstein to Marc Blitzstein, July 20, 1962

excerpt: "Am here Bay of Naples, en route to Monte Carlo & Spain, I think of you, S & V, being Jewish your Arabic [maid?]. I hope all continues to be as joyful as before."

Syriac Manuscripts 155. Psalter
Philip II letter, 1578 Dec. 2.

Philip II letter, 1578 Dec. 2.

ALS, written in Madrid, to Pedro Moya de Contreras, Archbishop of Mexico. Philip II complains to the Archbishop of Mexico City about his practice of appointing monolingual priests to Indian benefices. Philip ha... More

Virginia Laws, no date, List of Court Appointed Positions
Greenleaf, April 12, , Note on Samuel Blodgett, Supervisor of Buildings
Unknown, no date, Twenty Fourth Psalm, Paraphrased
Unknown, no date, Drawing of Horse-drawn Pump
Post Office, , List, Washington, D. C., to Orleans Territory

Post Office, , List, Washington, D. C., to Orleans Territory

List, Washington, D. C., to Orleans Territory

Unknown, , Notes; in French
Thomas Cooper, no date, Meteorology, Dated February 3 and 17
Unknown, no date, Battle of Platteburg (poem)
Unknown, no date, Fragment, in French
Congress, no date, Summary of Expenses
Unknown, no date, Notes on Cost of Tin
Thomas Jefferson, , Itinerary of Trip from Washington, D. C. to Charlottesville, Virginia

Thomas Jefferson, , Itinerary of Trip from Washington, D. C. to Charlo...

Itinerary of Trip from Washington, D. C. to Charlottesville, Virginia

D. Terull, no date, Parody of An Italian Sonnet
Virginia Colonial Commissioners, March 12, 1651, Articles on the Relation Between James City and Great Britain

Virginia Colonial Commissioners, March 12, 1651, Articles on the Relat...

Articles on the Relation Between James City and Great Britain

J. Jones to James Madison. Fragment.

J. Jones to James Madison. Fragment.

Transcripts, guides, and tools to help you use this collection may be found at http://www.loc.gov/collection/james-madison-papers/about-this-collection/.

James Madison. Note, Departments of the Government.

James Madison. Note, Departments of the Government.

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James Madison. Note on Foreign Trade Regulation.

James Madison. Note on Foreign Trade Regulation.

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James Madison. List of autographs.

James Madison. List of autographs.

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Robert Brent to James Madison. Petition.

Robert Brent to James Madison. Petition.

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James Madison to Thomas Jefferson. List of References.

James Madison to Thomas Jefferson. List of References.

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George Baillie to Virginia Congressional Delegates, May 21, 1723. Pay Warrant.

George Baillie to Virginia Congressional Delegates, May 21, 1723. Pay ...

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James Madison. Notes - Presidential Electors.

James Madison. Notes - Presidential Electors.

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John C. Payne to Unknown.

John C. Payne to Unknown.

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"Jonathan Odell". Verse about Benjamin Franklin. "Inscription on a curious chamber stove..."

"Jonathan Odell". Verse about Benjamin Franklin. "Inscription on a cur...

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James Madison. Notes - Social Compact.

James Madison. Notes - Social Compact.

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A. Robbins to Dolley Payne Madison. Envelope.

A. Robbins to Dolley Payne Madison. Envelope.

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List of rates for surveyor's fees in regards to foreign and domestic vessels.

List of rates for surveyor's fees in regards to foreign and domestic v...

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James Madison. Notes - Forms of Government.

James Madison. Notes - Forms of Government.

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James Madison. Incomplete list writings by "Mr. M".

James Madison. Incomplete list writings by "Mr. M".

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George Washington Papers, Series 4, General Correspondence: Virginia Regiment, 1754, Accounts for George Washington's Cash in Hand
George Washington Papers, Series 4, General Correspondence: John Kirkpatrick, July 8, 1757, Cash Account for Winchester, Virginia, Regiment
George Washington Papers, Series 4, General Correspondence: George Washington, 1769, Non-importation of British Goods; Docket Only
House of Commons, March 1770, Notes on Grenville Bill; Procedures for Settling Disputed Elections

House of Commons, March 1770, Notes on Grenville Bill; Procedures for ...

Notes on Grenville Bill; Procedures for Settling Disputed Elections

George Washington Papers, Series 4, General Correspondence: John Carlyle to George Washington, June 28, 1772, 19th-century transcription by William B. Sprague
James MacPherson to Charles McPherson, August 7, 1773, Refusal to Allow Copy of Gaelic Version of Ossian's Poems

James MacPherson to Charles McPherson, August 7, 1773, Refusal to Allo...

Refusal to Allow Copy of Gaelic Version of Ossian's Poems