Rosenbach Online Resources

The Rosenbach’s mission is to foster inquiry, learning, and creativity inspired by our collections. Although our doors are temporarily closed, our books, manuscripts, and art are still ready to be discovered. Read on to explore The Rosenbach’s holdings and stay tuned for additional content in the coming weeks. Please consider a donation to The Rosenbach to help us continue offering …

Dumas in Color

Alexandre Dumas’s father was one of Napoleon’s generals, nicknamed “Hercules” by the emperor, and “Black Devil” by France’s enemies; Dumas’s surname came from a paternal grandmother, Marie-Cessette Dumas, an Afro-Caribbean woman held in slavery on what is now Haiti. In his career as a writer, the colossally prolific Dumas used different colored paper for each …

The Rosenbach’s Top Ten Tips for Making the Most of a Museum Exhibition Visit

“‘Exhibit’ is a noun, but it is also a verb, meaning to show or display.  Show or display what? Stuff.  Not pictures of stuff or descriptions of stuff, but stuff.  And the use of real, physical stuff…is what sets exhibits apart from books, TV, the Internet, etc.”  – Eugene Dillenburg, “What, if Anything, is a Museum?” In Exhibitionist, spring, 2011.  …