Rosenbach Online Resources

The Rosenbach’s mission is to foster inquiry, learning, and creativity inspired by our collections. Read on to explore The Rosenbach’s holdings and stay tuned for additional content.

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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.

Gallery Gateway

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


Enjoy Virtual Programs

In the coming weeks we’ll be announcing a series of digital programs like our first virtual course: The Short Fiction of James Joyce and His Contemporaries beginning on April 26. Check back for more virtual programs listed here.

Endorsement from Abraham Lincoln clipped from a larger document, directing that a prisoner of war be allowed to take the loyalty oath prescribed by the amnesty proclamation of 8 December 1863 and be discharged. Call no. AMs 353/15. Available on Manuscripts Online. Click image for more details.

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 Catalogyou’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 MidwivesThe Remarkable Afterlife of Emily Dickinson, and Benjamin Lay and Ralph Sandiford: Early Quaker Abolitionists at The RosenbachClick here for the blog.


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Revisit Our Programs

Check out our YouTube channel for recordings of past programs like the Federalist Papers mini-series and the Legacy of theThirteenth Amendment mini-series. Learn more.

Return to a classic or discover a new favorite book

Get inspired and read along with Ulysses and Moby-Dick with videos recorded live from our 2019 Bloomsday celebration and Moby-Dick Marathon.

Free Library Resources

The Free Library maintains robust digital resources that you can access anywhere, including ebooks, audiobooks, movies, TV, and music, over 100 databases, and the New York Times online.

Support The Rosenbach

Please consider a donation to The Rosenbach to help us continue offering innovative content both virtually and in-person when we are able to meet again.

Support The Rosenbach