How D.H. Lawrence Came to be at The Rosenbach, with a Deep Dive into Lawrence’s Big Old Dumpster of Problematic

I had always thought of D.H Lawrence as a writer of moldy-smelling novels you would find in your uncle’s garage by a stack of Horizon magazines and a can of paint thinner, ones whose cover might feature a lady in a wicker chair by a potted plant wearing only a silk scarf. But because Lawrence …

Edward Burne-Jones (Sort Of) Illustrates The Kelmscott Chaucer

Leaving aside his other manifold accomplishments, let’s look at William Morris at the moment that the Renaissance man and Victorian gadfly became a printer. This was 1891, when Morris was fifty-five. Between 1891 and 1896, Morris’s press, the Kelmscott—named for his home in Oxfordshire—printed sixty-six books. The books are collector’s items, famous for their beauty …

Join Us In Welcoming Kelsey Scouten Bates as The Rosenbach’s Interim Director

A familiar face to many in The Rosenbach community, we are so pleased to announce the appointment of Kelsey Scouten Bates as our Interim Director. Bates has served as The Rosenbach’s Associate Director and Director of Development since February 2014 and was hired following the formation of its formal partnership with the Free Library of …

The Inauguration and the Peaceful Transfer of Power

A nation divided. A hotly contested election. A president feverishly appointing judges favorable to his viewpoint in the twilight of his term of office. Rumors that the opposition will lead the nation into radicalism and violence.  2020?  Perhaps.  But I’m here to tell you about the presidential inauguration in the aftermath of the election of …

Women Breaking Barriers: Objects from The Rosenbach Collection Presented in Celebration of Alice Dunbar-Nelson

The following objects were selected by The Rosenbach’s Collections Department staff as examples from across our collections of women who broke barriers in their eras, cultures, and professions. They changed the world around them and became role models for those who followed in their footsteps.   Amy Lowell (1874-1924), typed letter signed to A. Edward …