The Atlantic Charter

In honor of the 70th anniversary of D-Day, I’m posting today about the Rosenbach’s our most significant World War II document: the Atlantic Charter. The Atlantic Charter was not a formal treaty but a statement by Franklin Roosevelt and Winston Churchill to “make known certain common principles in the national policies of their respective countries …

Memorial Day Musings

Happy Memorial Day weekend to all our Rosen-readers. Since Memorial Day began as a holiday to remember and decorate the graves of the Civil War dead, it seems appropriate to remind everyone of our ongoing Today in the Civil War blog, which commemorates the 150th anniversary of the Civil War with objects from our collection. …

Some Sequels

This week’s post is not about famous literary sequels (although we have plenty of those here–Through the Looking Glass, anyone?), but instead provides sequels to a couple of blog posts from the archive. Back in 2011 I wrote about our acquisition of an early American copy of John Polidori’s genre-creating tale, The Vampyre. As a …

A 21st-Century Miscellany

It’s time for another check on the Networking before the Net exhibit. About six weeks ago I posted about the exhibit and offered some selections that visitors had contributed to an exhibit commonplace book. As I explained previously, commonplace books, or personal miscellanies, were blank books used to collect quotations, poetry, bits of wisdom, etc. …

Sign Here

When giving tours or talking with people about the Rosenbach, I often get questions about “autographs” and whether the Rosenbach collects them.  The word “autograph” comes from the Greek for “self” and “write” and when we talk about an “autograph document” here at the Rosenbach, we are talking about an item that is handwritten by …

It’s a Frame Job

This February the Rosenbach sent a three-inch object on a three thousand mile voyage. 2014 marks the 400th anniversary of the death of Dom√©nikos Theotok√≥poulos, better known to the art world as El Greco. The city of Toledo, El Greco’s home for almost 40 years, is celebrating with the largest El Greco exhibition ever, entitled  …