SOLD OUT! In-Person Course | The Curator’s Toolkit: Up Close and Personal with The Rosenbach’s Collections

Date / Time

  • December 7, 2021
    6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
  • December 14, 2021
    6:00 pm - 8:30 pm


2008-2010 Delancey Place, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19103, United States


  • Tuition for this course is $400.
  • Rosenbach members receive a 10% discount on tuition.
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  • This course is limited to participants who are 17 years of age or older.
  • This course is held in person at The Rosenbach. 
  • Proof of vaccination will be required to visit The Rosenbach as of September 1.
  • All course attendees will be required to wear a mask during class sessions, regardless of vaccination status due to the close interaction among students and instructors.
  • If you have questions about registration, please call (215) 732-1600 or email [email protected].

This course is currently sold out. Click the button below to sign up for the waitlist.



Course Description

Do you love discovering fascinating stories from history?  Have you ever wanted to get up close and personal with museum and library collection objects, including rare books, manuscripts, paintings, furniture, precious metals, and ceramics?  If so, then this course is for you.   

The Curator’s Toolkit will equip you with knowledge and skills for handling, studying, preserving, and learning from fine art, antiques, rare books, and manuscripts at The Rosenbach and beyond, and give you hands-on, behind-the-scenes access to a world-renowned museum and library collection.  You will even write an object label for a real Rosenbach museum exhibition.  In this course, the historic Rosenbach house becomes your laboratory for the study and enjoyment of art, artifacts, and historic texts. 

Each Curator’s Toolkit course session will combine lectures and discussions with hands-on Artifact Labs that put real Rosenbach collection objects in students’ hands, in order to apply lessons from the course readings and learn directly from original materials.  By the end of the course, students will have viewed and handled more than 100 Rosenbach collection objects, including many pieces that are infrequently seen by the public.  The course will also include a behind-the-scenes tour of The Rosenbach, and a panel discussion featuring a book and manuscript conservator, focused on work recently completed on a rare Rosenbach medieval manuscript.  Special attention will be paid to helping students navigate the rich collections of The Rosenbach and explore their own personal areas of interest within our holdings—both during and after the course.   

The Curator’s Toolkit: Up Close and Personal with The Rosenbach’s Collections Syllabus

Proof of Vaccination

Beginning on September 1, visitors and program attendees must show proof of vaccination along with all ​staff members and volunteers. With limited space for social distancing in our historic house and library, requiring proof of vaccination is the best way to protect the health and safety of our visitors and staff.

  • Visitors and program attendees will be required to show proof of vaccination along with their photo ID at the front desk. We will accept your original CDC issued card or a photo.
  • All course attendees will be required to wear a mask during class sessions, regardless of vaccination status due to the close interaction among students and instructors.
  • Visitors who are unable to show proof of vaccination will not be able to visit The Rosenbach at this time, including unvaccinated children under the age of 12.

Scholarship Opportunities

Full scholarships for tuition and course materials are available for prospective Curator’s Toolkit students who would help The Rosenbach fulfill its Commitment to Equity (  To be considered for a scholarship, please write a letter of 1 – 2 pages in length addressed to Dr. Alexander L. Ames, in which you describe your interest in the course content, what you hope to gain from taking the course, your financial need, and your interest in DEA&I in libraries and museums.  Please submit a PDF version of your letter to [email protected] by the end of the day on August 31, 2021.  Scholarship recipients will be notified by September 3, 2021.

About the Instructors

The Curator’s Toolkit is taught by the staff of The Rosenbach’s Collections Department: Judith M. Guston, Curator & Director of Collections; Dr. Alexander L. Ames, Collections Engagement Manager; Elizabeth E. Fuller, Librarian; and Jobi O. Zink, Registrar.

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