Tracing Celtic Heritage Across the Atlantic 

The Rosenbach Explores the Lasting Legacy of the Irish Diaspora, in Partnership with the Kelly House in Philadelphia and the Princess Grace Irish Library in Monaco  The history of Ireland is closely associated with the history of diaspora—that is, the movement of Irish people all around the world, including to Philadelphia. Irish identity, history, music, …

A letter from Kelsey Scouten Bates, February 2, 2024

Hello Friends, We hope you’re well and keeping warm this winter season. After two years of deep and energetic conversation within the Rosenbach community, I’m so pleased to unveil our new aspirational vision statement that puts what is already our practice into writing, strengthening our commitment toward a common goal:   Through unprecedented physical, intellectual, and …

From the Collection

In this edition of From the Collection, we’re highlighting the recent inter-departmental work that went on behind-the-scenes to prepare and open our new exhibition Succession: Why Presidential History Matters Now. Additionally, along with ongoing object movement and inventory activities, the Rosenbach is welcoming visitors back to the dining room after completing conservation work. Guests can once again see …

From the Collection

This month’s collections stewardship activities underscored the global reach and impact of the Rosenbach’s collections as staff welcomed back objects that were on international loan, made new acquisitions, and served researchers abroad. The Beast is back! The Number of the Beast is 666 by William Blake (1954.0011) is a watercolor, pen, and ink drawing based on the biblical …

Thrills! Chills! An Overnight Reading of Dracula

The Rosenbach is the home of first editions of Bram Stoker’s novel, as well as his notes for Dracula, over 100 pages of outlines, early plot ideas, and research notes, compiled by the author over the seven years he developed and wrote the book.   This year is the 125th anniversary of the publication of Dracula and the Rosenbach is celebrating with a spine-tingling, all-night …

The Unpublishable Memoirs: Reflections on the Bookish Life with Dr. Alexander Lawrence Ames

The Collections Department at The Rosenbach Museum & Library knows that a key part of our work in preserving the institution’s holdings for future generations is showcasing why our collections matter to society today.    Through our interpretive programs, we welcome members of our community into fascinating worlds of history, art, and literature, and help them …

Housekeeping: Installment 3 in An Ongoing Discussion of Collections Stewardship at the Rosenbach

In this series, Curator and Senior Director of Collections, Judith M. Guston, will provide The Rosenbach’s Company with background and updates on the Collections Department’s strategic initiative to expand and improve the Rosenbach’s stewardship infrastructure.   It’s been a busy summer here in the Collections Department! In early June, we installed our exhibition, 18 Reasons to …

The Rosenbach Receives Grant from IMLS Totaling Nearly $250,000

The Rosenbach Museum and Library is honored to have been awarded a grant totaling $248,953 from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). The funding from IMLS will support “the Rosenbach Library Discovery Project,” which will create a modern, online, and publicly discoverable library catalog that will expand access to the Rosenbach’s diverse holdings. …