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.
At-home learning resources for students
We know that many parents are continuing their child’s education from home while schools are closed. To support that work, The Rosenbach will be posting curriculum-based lessons and hands-on activities for families with children in grades 3-12 to help them connect with The Rosenbach’s extraordinary collection of historic letters and rare books. When possible, we will make connections with existing online curriculum. Learn more.
A hybrid of a traditional catalog and a virtual experience, The Rosenbach’s Gallery Gateway transforms on-site exhibition content into a readily accessible and easy-to-print digital resource. Discover the Gallery Gateway for American Voyager: Herman Melville at 200.
Explore our collections online
On our website you’ll find a robust list of catalogs, databases, and collections guides that will allow you to take a deep dive into our collection. With MO: Manuscripts Online, you’ll find high-resolution images of manuscripts illuminating important figures in American history such as Abraham Lincoln, Washington, and more. With Phil: Object Catalog, you’ll find records for fine and decorative arts collections and photographs. Rosy: Library Catalog is the library catalog for The Rosenbach and a gateway to the catalogs of several other Philadelphia-area libraries; you’ll find collections guides forJames Joyce,Oscar Wilde,Bram Stoker, and much more. Learn more.
Explore collections highlights on our blog
Members of the Rosenstaff regularly contribute long-form pieces to our blog about their projects, archive finds, little-known historical tales, and much more. Recent posts include: Alain Leroy Locke and Philosophical Midwives, The Remarkable Afterlife of Emily Dickinson, and Benjamin Lay and Ralph Sandiford: Early Quaker Abolitionists at The Rosenbach. Click here for the blog.
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