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Historical Manuscripts as Archives: Some Definitions and Their Application

HISTORICAL manuscripts are regarded primarily if not exclusively as materials for research, whatever their origin or provenance. That august word provenance as the hallmark of archives has given archival records a superior status in the minds of some historians as well as archivists. It is agreed, at least among archivists, that archives are something more than raw materials for the scholar's use; indeed, such a gross understatement of their function would be seriously challenged. Whatever one's point of view, attempts to distinguish one class of records from another raise the question: What is the relation between historical manuscripts and archives ? Is the one only the needy next-of-kin of the other?

Collecting Antique Vellum Indentures

"Indentures" are legal contracts, and are entirely written by hand (in English) on large sheepskins, in keeping with legal practice dating back to Medieval times. Today, these ancient British legal manuscripts are prized collector's items, and make impressive decorator accents when matted and framed. The top edge of the document shows the wavy, or "indented" margin that gives these documents their name; as a safeguard against counterfeiting, the copies given to all parties were placed together and cut in this margin in a wavy, irregular pattern, thus uniquely identifying the authenticity of each copy.

Worthington Galleries In The News

A new Mid Tennessee art gallery, Worthington Galleries, which features a portion of what many consider to be one of the largest private fine art collections in Tennessee, will open its doors to the public this week. Worthington Galleries, located at 1181 Nashville Pike, will celebrate its grand opening with a ribbon-cutting ceremony from 4-7 p.m. Thursday, July 14. The event will be the first time the public can view some of the approximately 150 pieces on display from the collection, which in some cases are thousands of years old.

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