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“…that government of the people, by the people, for the people shall not perish from the earth.”

I find it touching that a wealthy and powerful business-magnate like Philadelphian John Wanamaker (1838-1922) would go to the trouble to print this little volume of important American historical documents for distribution to the general public: and that the general public would take them home and sign Wanamaker’s pledge to “carefully read” the whole thing:Isabella …

Undergraduate Language Classes to Howard Cosell and Back Again

Gilbert & Bacon, portrait of A.S.W Rosenbach. Philadelphia: [1898]. 2006.1989. Our founder, A.S.W. Rosenbach, graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 1898. He went to earn his doctorate from Penn three years later (hence the nickname “Doctor R.”) His doctoral thesis explored “The Influence of Celestina in the Early English Drama.” (Celestina is a Spanish …

Great News from the National Constitution Center

Abraham Lincoln [detail]John C. Yorston and Co., 1896. 1954.1563. Congratulations to our friends across town at the National Constitution Center! Last Friday they announced the good news that they’ve acquired acquired a printed copy of the Emancipation Proclamation signed by Abraham Lincoln and William Seward. The Rosenbach isn’t fortunate enough to have a copy of …