About Us

Working on manuscripts in a reading room or record office can be a silent and lonely occupation. AMARC provides opportunities to bring together all those who share interests in manuscripts, documents and records as well as book illumination and early libraries. It arranges one-day conferences, often in interesting places, and it promotes exhibitions, publication, and shared enjoyment of research and discovery.

St Stephen, from the Colonna Missal, Rome, early 16th cent. Rylands Latin MS 32. © University of Manchester

AMARC publishes a newsletter, the most up-to-date and most wide-ranging source of information available about manuscript research.

AMARC not only includes manuscript specialists from the great institutions but also actively encourages research students, enthusiasts, and beginners, representing the interests of manuscript workers on both sides of the issue desk.

AMARC is informative, scholarly, and serious but also enjoyable, innovative, and inexpensive. We welcome guests and new members, scholars, students, scribes, collectors and anyone who has ever experienced the thrill of holding a manuscript in their hands.